BRBT to hold open auditions for The Nutcracker – A Tale from the Bayou and its 2013-14 season

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre will hold open auditions for advanced dancers for its 2013-2014 season Saturday, Sept. 28, as well as children’s auditions for The Nutcracker—A Tale from the Bayou on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Dancers’ Workshop.

The Nutcracker—A Tale from the Bayou continues to thrill children and adults alike, drawing audiences since its inception in 1991. The treasured production incorporates local landmarks and features world-class guest artists, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and more than 300 area children.

The Nutcracker—A Tale from the Bayou graces the River Center Theatre stage on Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec, 22, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“This Nutcracker is a great opportunity to celebrate both Louisiana and the holiday season, and it is special because area youth can experience theatre and dance on a grand scale with professional artists and staff,” BRBT co-artistic director Sharon Mathews said.

Season auditions will be Saturday, September 28, at 10:30 a.m. This audition is for classically trained advanced level dancers who have been on pointe for at least two years. These advanced dancers will perform in The Nutcracker, Snow White, community outreach programs and other performances. Auditions for Party Parents will also be held during the season auditions at 1 p.m.

Auditions for children ages 8 to 12 for The Nutcracker—A Tale from the Bayou will be Sunday, Sept. 29. Children must be 8 years old by Dec. 31, 2013.

Audition times are as follows:

• Boys ages 8 and older noon – 12:45 p.m.

• Girls 8 years old 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Girls 9 years old 2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Girls 10 years old 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Girls 11-12 years old 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

More than 300 children will be selected to fill the roles of lambs, cherubs, mice, cooks, soldiers, angels and party children.

All dancers should arrive at least 15 minutes before their audition time, and girls should wear a leotard and tights. There will be a $5 audition fee.

For more information about BRBT auditions or Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, please contact Nicole Naquin or Will Bove at (225) 766-8379 or via email at or

BRBT’s programs are supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the Arts and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre is a member organization of the Community Fund for the Arts.

About the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre: The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre (BRBT), under the direction of Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews, is a non-profit organization that promotes and assists the advancement of classical and contemporary dance by maintaining a performing company, presenting a high quality season, providing dance education, and community outreach. Since 1960, BRBT has nurtured hundreds of award-winning local dancers and choreographers while continuing to bring world-class professional artists to the Baton Rouge Stage.