Local dancers have the opportunity to be a part of “The Nutcracker Ballet” at Stephens Auditorium. Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon-7:30 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium.


Now in its 37th year, “The Nutcracker Ballet” at Stephens Auditorium has become an annual holiday tradition for many families in central Iowa. This classic fairy tale comes to life by showcasing the sensational talent of more than 200 local dancers in three performances Dec. 9-10.


To participate in this year’s “Nutcracker Ballet,” dancers must be at least 6 years of age or older by the performance date. All dancers must wear leotards, tights and ballet or pointe shoes. Audition registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Parking is available in Lot B-3 (south side of Center Drive). Dancers are encouraged to audition for every role they are capable of performing. Please arrive early to complete the necessary forms prior to audition times. If you would like to fill out your audition card and information sheet in advance, visit the Iowa State Center website at www.center.iastate.edu or www.rtdance.com. For more information regarding the auditions, call the Robert Thomas Dancenter at 515-233-0826.


Dancers should be dressed, warmed-up and ready to audition at the times listed below:


Noon-3 p.m.: Children ages 6 and older. These dancers must be enrolled in a dance studio.


*Roles include: Angels, Mother Ginger’s Kids, Harlequins, Indian Boys, Fritz and Friends, Clara and Friends, Russians, Puppets, Soldiers and Mice.


3-3:30 p.m.: Adult dancers.


*Roles include: First Act Party Guests, Drosselmeyer, Justice Silberhaus, Frau Silberhaus, Mouse King and Mother Ginger.


3:30-7:30 p.m.: Ballet dancers (male and female) for pointe (P) and non-pointe (NP). These dancers must be enrolled in a dance studio and pointe dancers must be studying pointe.


*Roles include: Dolls (P), Maids (P) Flutes (P), Neapolitans (P), Spanish (P), Chinese (P), Flower Soloists (P), Dew Drop Fairy (P), Flower (P), Snowflakes (P), Hungarians (NP), Nutcracker (NP), Irish (NP), Arabians (NP) and Americans (NP).


*The order of auditions for roles may vary within each audition period.