The Nutcracker Ballet

A holiday classic return to the stage in Manchester!

Duck River Dance will be presenting The Nutcracker Ballet this December as a fundraiser for our home theatre, the Manchester Arts Center.

Show dates will be December 2-4, 2022.

Auditions will take place Saturday, July 30th at Duck River Dance and will be open to any local dancer (not exclusively DRD students).  

10:00 Ages 5-7
11:00 Ages 8-12
12:00 Ages 13-Adult (non-pointe)
1:00 Pointe Audition-All ages**
**Those auditioning for a pointe role must have completed at least a full year of pointe classes.


Dancers will be given time to warm up and stretch on their own. Dancers will be asked to demonstrate skills and will be taught several short combinations.


Female dancers must wear pink or tan tights and a solid colored leotard. Skirts are optional. Hair must be in a proper ballet bun.

Male dancers must wear black tights or pants and a plain black or white shirt.


Rehearsals will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from August to December. Please bring a complete and detailed list of all conflicts (work, school events, trips, etc.) for that time.

Dancers with excessive conflicts will not be cast.  Dancers who miss more than two rehearsals (for any reason) may be cut from the show.  

Tech week will be Nov. 28 - Dec. 1.  These dates are mandatory.  Dances MUST be at all called tech rehearsals.

Cast list will be posted by Friday, August 5th. Any dancer who is cast will be required to pay a $40 production fee by Saturday, August 6th. Rehearsals will begin August 20th.

Some roles will be required to provide their own costume pieces (dresses for party scene, pants for soldiers, etc.)

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!