A Nutcracker Masquerade

Directed by Jayme Shimooka

Join us for a contemporary retelling of The Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. When Clara receives a nutcracker on Christmas Eve, her dreams take her on a grand adventure. Follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the wondrous Land of Sweets, Land of Amusements, and Land of Flowers where a fantastic cast of characters awaits. Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, mischievous mice, brave toy soldiers, and so many more! Dozens of local young performers join Dansu Dance Company onstage for these holiday performances. It’s a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family!

Produced by Dansu Dance Company at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: December 7-9, 2023

Performance Times:
Thursday & Friday at 6:30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm & 6:30pm

Ticket Prices: $20 for Adult, $16 for Children under 10

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Placement Auditions will be scheduled in 20 minute time slots over the weekend of Sep 30/Oct 1

Auditioners will audition in that time slot by themselves based on availability.

You will be taught some short choreography phrases so that the director can see how you move in different characters. This is the general breakdown of Roles per Ages and Styles:

5-6 - Tiny Party Kids, Baby Mice, Cherubs
7-8 - Younger Party Children, Angels, Polichinelles
9-10 - Fritz/Marie, Younger Party Children, Polichinelles
11-12 - Older Party Children, Peppermints
13 up - Light Sprites, Clara, Older Party Children, Harley Quinn, Katniss, Snow Queen, Snow King, Snow, Icicles, Flurries, Cavalier, Licorice, Flowers

13 up - Baby Doll, Sugarplum Fairy, Marzipan, Roses, Dewdrop

Hip Hop/Street Styles
7-8 - Little Drummers
9-10 - Toy Soldiers
11-12 - Big Mice
13 up - Battle Mice, Nutcracker, Mouse King, Mouse Queen

13 up - Bon Bons, Truffles, Iced Coffee, Espresso, Green Tea, Candy Canes, Mother Ginger

Character Act I
13 up - Dr. Stahlbaum, Herr Stahlbaum, Herr Drosselmeier, Maids, Party Parents