Does your child dream of being a ballet dancer, performing for thousands of people on the world’s most famous stage? This Christmas, Birmingham Royal Ballet could make this dream a reality. The ballet company are on the hunt for young boys and girls to appear in its enchanting new production of The Nutcracker, which is being performed for the first-time ever at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in December 2017.

This brand new version of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, with its classic story, glorious dancing and ravishing Tchaikovsky score played by a full symphony orchestra, has been created especially for the Royal Albert Hall. State-of-the-art technology, ground-breaking projections and 75kg of artificial snow combine to conjure a vivid and magical winter wonderland.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is holding open auditions on Sunday 1 October at Urdang Academy. The Company is looking for sixteen children (eight boys and eight girls) to cast in The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall, 28-31 December. There will be two teams of children, each performing in up to four performances.

In order to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, children must be in school years 5, 6 or 7 (from September 2017). The maximum height for participants is 142cm (4ft 6”). Birmingham Royal Ballet is looking for boys and girls who enjoy dancing, have good musicality and love to perform. Previous ballet experience is an advantage, but not necessary.

The open auditions for The Nutcracker will include a dance and acting workshop delivered by a senior member of Birmingham Royal Ballet, as well as the chance to learn some of the steps performed in the ballet.

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