Congratulations on your roles in Ballet Wichita’s The Nutcracker!
Ballet Wichita commits to providing a healthy, safe, constructive environment in which to learn and develop. In addition to the skills and experiences needed to produce a ballet at the highest possible level of excellence, dancers will also practice the soft skills (life skills) required in adulthood and that are so universally transferable.
To achieve the very best experience for each individual and for the production ensemble, as a whole, we ask each person involved (dancer, choreographer, volunteer, designer and technician) to commit themselves fully to the production. Each person is truly mission critical once the commitment is made. In other words – we want you, and if you say yes – we will NEED you. Learning to respect this shared responsibility is one of the greatest soft skills a person can develop. It’s one of the things that make people with dance backgrounds so valuable in other professions.
Because there are so many moving puzzle pieces that go into creating the full production, it is very difficult to do the work with inconsistency and multiple unknown absences. We know that life happens, especially in the age of COVID. However, as much as possible, we must limit absences to 3 unforeseen absences. After 3 unforeseen absences, that dancer’s participation in the performance will need to be reassessed by the Artistic Director; not as a punishment – but because it becomes an impossible task to keep the production moving forward. NOTE!! Unforeseen absences are for emergencies. They do not include quarantining for unexpected COVID exposure or positive test results, nor home studio or school conflicts that are communicated to the Artistic Staff in advance of those absences.
We had a wonderful turnout for the audition, over 100 dancers! This has enabled double casting of some roles in the production. Double casting means to ‘share’ a role with another dancer. If you do end up sharing a role, you will be alternating with that “counterpart” for rehearsals and performances.
This year we are lucky to be able to add school matinees back into our production schedule! This is wonderful to be able to perform for up to 4,000 area school children. To allow dancers additional performance opportunities and to fill certain roles only in matinees, there are some roles that have been cast only for the school matinees. They will have their other roles for the other three performances. When accepting your matinee role, just accept the title of the role itself.
We hope you will join us this year to create a great Nutcracker. Please fill out the form below to confirm the role(s) for which you have been cast.
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