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Community Nutcracker To Hold Auditions In August

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2020 Filmed Production of the NutcrackerProvided by MCN Staff

The Magic City Performing Arts (MCPA) will hold auditions for its annual Nutcracker production held in December. Auditions will be held at the Dance Foundation on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

The 9th annual production will run at the historic Lyric Theatre from December 2 - 4, 2022.

Each year, the performance features over 125 dancers from over 30 dance studios across the state. The cast is comprised of dancers as young as five, college students and professionals from the entire Birmingham metro area, Gadsden, Anniston and beyond, making the MCN the only true community Nutcracker in central Alabama. 

Auditions are broken down by age group, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. Below are the time slots:

Ages 5 – 8: 9:30 - 11:00 am

Ages 13 – Adult/Advanced Dancers: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Ages 9 – 12: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Adults (acting-based roles) – 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Callbacks for dancers ages 9 and up – 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Dancers are required to pre-register for auditions by visiting www.magiccitynutcracker.org/2022-auditions. Dancers should arrive 30 minutes before their time slot to check in and take a headshot before your audition time. The audition fee is $10, and can be paid before arriving at tinyurl.com/MCPA-Audition-Fee-2022. Cash and checks will also be accepted at the audition.

WHAT TO WEAR:

Ladies and Girls: Black leotard, pink or flesh-colored tights, ballet bun, ballet shoes, pointe shoes if you have had at least 2 years of pointe classes prior to audition date

Gentlemen and Boys: White dance shirt; black dance tights or shorts; ballet shoes

Adult actors: Comfortable clothes you can move in.

“Last year we formed Magic City Performing Arts which let us go beyond a holiday ballet, and provide classes at other non-profits in an effort to extend fine arts education to those who haven’t had the experience yet,” said Stephanie Rangel, Artistic Director of Magic City Performing Arts. “We provide classes to places like the Boys and Girls Club and two of our students from that outreach program performed in the 2021 production. Performance experience with local and professional talent would be something unheard of without the generosity of past and current sponsors allowing us to establish an organization with a broader fine arts mission.”

For more information, visit www.magiccitynutcracker.org.

About The Magic City Nutcracker

The Magic City Nutcracker, the premiere production of Magic City Performing Arts, was established in 2012 by Kelly Avery, Stephanie Rangel, Angel White and Leslie DuPont, who had a passion for dance, philanthropy, and local arts organizations. Their vision was to create a new version of the traditional nutcracker ballet performed by local talent. The directors hope to inspire the next generation of artists to pursue their passions and encourage young dancers to support other local arts organizations. 

About Magic City Performing Arts

Magic City Performing Arts is committed to supporting and maintaining the highest quality of artistic vision as a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization using only local community talent and providing a beautiful holiday tradition, the Magic City Nutcracker, along with other performances and outreach events for the city of Birmingham.

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