Nutcracker Auditions

4Audition dates: September 11 & 12, 2021

Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker


Open to students 8 years (by December 1) and over, with at least one full year of ballet training and is currently studying ballet, in an established dance program. Roles include: Act I – Party Scene: party children, dolls, tumblers and maids. Battle Scene: soldiers and bunny.

Act II –Beginner- Intermediate level students (8-14 yrs): Angels, Candy cane, Peppermints, Neapolitan and Polichinelles.

Advanced level – professional (15 yrs and over): Spanish variation (character shoes) and select Land of the Sweets variations. Roles in Snow scene and Waltz of the Flowers are open to qualified advanced level dancers – Pointe shoes required.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, for Ages 15 to professional. All pointe variations, with Chinese and Spanish.

WHEN: Sunday, September 12, 2021, for Ages 8 – 14 (NO pointe work)


Moving Forward: Due to Covid-19, Masks will be required.

Private, or semi-private auditions will be available Sept. 13 – 15, 2021. Online Zoom auditions will be available from Sept. 13- 15. Please email, to schedule. 

AT THE AUDITION: Tempertures will be taken, prior to the participant exiting the vehicle. Parents are not allowed in the building. Registration forms and $35 audition fee will be received outside. Information regarding notifications will be displayed on signs outside. Dressing areas in the building will be closed. Participants are asked to dress for the audition at home. Water fountains are closed. Please bring water bottle from home. Extra masks are available from LBT. Hand santizing station is placed at entrance. All participants will be asked to use before entering a studio. 

Registration form available on our website here. 

Saturday, Sept. 11, 11:00 – 1:30pm,  Ages 15 to Professional. Advanced Pointe work.

1:30 – 2:00 – Ages 15 and up auditioning for roles that do NOT include pointe work: Chinese and Spanish variations. Please arrive earlier to warm up.

Sunday, Sept. 12, 1:00 – 1:45  Ages 8 –9 yrs (beginner & intermediate level work)

2:00 – 3:00 Ages 10–11 yrs (intermediate level)

3:30 – 5:00  Ages 12 – 14 yrs. (advanced intermediate level)

5:00 – 5:30  Tumblers only. NO audition fee required.

WHERE: Lafayette Ballet Theatre studio, 201 Petroleum Drive, Lafayette, LA, 70508.

COST: $35. Audition Fee is due at registration; please make checks payable to LBT or have exact change. Required of dancers ages 8 – 17 only. Credit card payments accepted on this website, “Theatre Payment”.

TUMBLERS: No fee required if only participating in the 5:00 audition.

DRESS: Ballet Attire.

Further details: 

LBT will double cast most children roles; therefore, majority of children will perform only once. LBT must have total control in deciding which day your child is performing. There will be no substituting of days. Siblings and family members will be casted in the same performance. Please make us aware if you have a family member auditioning.

A parent of the child will be notified by mail if they have or have not been selected and informed of which role they will be cast in. If you choose to perform in the production a participation fee is required. This cost includes per costume rental fee, $15 pink tight purchase (females only), and a rehearsal fee.


Moving Forward: Due to Covid-19, Online Zoom rehearsals will be available for dancers exposed to Covid, or experiencing fever or other symptoms. LBT will provide details. 

Normally one rehearsal per week (with the exception of female Party Scene children). Rehearsals will be on the weekends (with the exception of advanced level Act II variations). This is in addition to your regular dance schedule. Rehearsals will begin in late-September and will continue through performance date. The week of the performance will require  evening rehearsals at the Heymann Center, beginning Monday of production week through Friday.

Please contact Mitzi Heath or Shannon Heath (Artistic Directors) at Lafayette Ballet Theatre office (337) 262-0444, or online at, with any questions you may have. Registration form can be completed from our website.