2018 Auditions Announced!

Now Announcing Auditions for the 2018 Cast of The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque
Nov. 28th-Dec 26th at Uptown Underground

Audition Date and Time: July 14th, 12pm-4pm

Audition Location: Volta Performing Arts Center, 2142 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

TO SUBMIT: Spaces are limited. To reserve your space, email headshot and resume to thebuttcrackerauditions@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation that you have a slot.

Available Roles:

Clara – Principal – Our hero, the Admin of the office, charged with setting up the office holiday party. Young, awkward, and a bit on the lower side of self-esteem, but grows into an awareness of and confidence in their sensuality and sense of self. All genders and races considered. Does not need to be a formal dancer, but a familiarity with movement and comedy preferred. Burlesque experience not required.

Drosselmeyer – Principal – The hired entertainment for the office party, and the orchestrator of the hallucinogenic trip to the Land of the Sweets. Drosselmeyer is a soloist, but also bookends the show. This can be anything from magic to drag. Seeking a skilled entertainer who knows how to work a crowd. Any gender or race. MAY SUBMIT VIDEO IN LIEU OF ATTENDING AUDITION.

 

Ensemble – a Group of Four skilled dancers – participate in Dance of the Snowflakes, Dance of the Reeds, Dance of the Flowers, and Rat King vs. Buttcracker, as well as at top and bottom of show. Any gender or race. Burlesque experience not required.

Please note: This is a comic ballet. No roles require speaking. Character actors can apply!

Two understudy/swings will also be cast.

Time Commitment : 

Rehearsals for Clara and Ensemble begin Oct. 7th, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evening rehearsals 7pm-10pm.

Drosselmeyer will attend some rehearsals in addition to tech. You will not be called for every rehearsal. 

Mandatory Tech is Nov. 27th at Uptown Underground from 6pm-11pm.

Show Dates are Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th at 8pm at Uptown Underground. Possible extension include 10pm shows on Dec. 12th, 19th, and 26th, for a total of 8 shows.

All performers are compensated per show.

All performers must be available for all shows.

TO SUBMIT: Spaces are limited. To reserve your space, email headshot and resume to thebuttcrackerauditions@gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation that you have a slot.

To prepare: From 12-2pm – Ensemble and Principal Dance Call – you will learn a short choreographed piece and then present that to the director and choreographer.

Soloists 2-4pm – If you are interested in Clara or Drosselmeyer you will be asked to present a short choreographed solo act. This may be in any style: burlesque, boylesque, queerlesque, magic, hoops, silks, etc. If you are interested in doing Pole or anything requiring rigging, feel free to submit videos for that as well.

For questions, please email thebuttcrackerauditions@gmail.com

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