2017 THE NUTCRACKER Audition Information


The Columbus Ballet invites both Community Dancers and Columbus State University Dance Conservatory Students to audition for the 2017 production of The Nutcracker!

Who Is Eligible to Audition?

  • All Columbus State University Dance Conservatory Students Level One and above.
  • Community (non-Conservatory) Dancers with at least two years of training, ages 7 & up.
  • BOYS – any experience level, ages 6 & up.

Audition Schedule & Location

Auditions will be held Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Rankin Center for the Performing Arts, 1004 Broadway, Columbus GA, 31901. The Studios are on the 2nd floor; please ring the buzzer to be admitted.

  • COMMUNITY (non-Conservatory Student) Auditions – 12noon – 1pm.
  • CONSERVATORY Level 4: 1pm – 2pm
  • CONSERVATORY Level 5: 2pm – 3pm
  • CONSERVATORY Level 6+7: 3pm – 4pm

CONSERVATORY Levels 1-3 will be assigned roles in class.

Rehearsal and Performance Schedules

Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons beginning September 8. Younger cast members generally rehearse one day a week. There will be no rehearsals Thanksgiving week.

During the performance week of December 4-10, cast members can expect to be in rehearsal every evening at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

Performances will be on Saturday December 9 at 7:30pm and Sunday December 10 at 2:30pm at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

All participants must be able to attend all rehearsals. Missing more that two rehearsals may result in removal from the show.

Performance Fees

This year’s performance fee is $100 per cast member, with each additional immediate family member $50. The performance fee includes the exclusive 2017 Nutcracker cast/crew long-sleeved t-shirt and the cast member party.


The Columbus Ballet runs on volunteer power! Families should expect to contribute at least 5-10 hours in support of the production… or, if you desire, even more! Opportunities will be available to help with Costumes, Set Load-in/Strike, Stage Crew, Backstage Security, Backstage Chaperones, Boutique Sales and more! Information will be sent to parents in September.

Need more information?

Please contact The Columbus Ballet at 706.507.8368 or e-mail at laurakeijohnson@gmail.com.