For Performers

Nutcracker Rehearsal Schedule

Tech Rehearsal Schedule

Other important information:


Saturday, September 10th: Auditions for Ballet 5B through Int/Advanced

Parents of auditioning Enrichment and Company members, are required to attend a general information/orientation meeting scheduled during your child’s audition.
11-12pm – Parents of 5b group entering Enrichment
12:45-1:45pm – Parents of 6a, 6b and Int/Adv entering Company.

Sunday, September 11th: Auditions for Ballet 1 through 5A

  • 11:00-11:50 – Ballet 1
  • 12:00-12:50 – Ballet 2
  • 1:00- 2:15 – Ballet 3
  • 2:45-4:30 – Ballet 4A/4B
  • 4:45-6:00 – Ballet 5A
  • Auditions are conducted by Ms. Frances, Ms. Ginna and Mr. Ted. Dancers are evaluated based on dance technique and performance ability.
  • Some dancers may be disappointed in the role they are given. This is the time when the support of our parents is essential. All parts are equally important to our production.
  • All casting is final and subject to the discretion of the artistic directors. Parents can make an appointment (3 days after the cast list has been posted) during office hours to speak with our staff concerning their child.

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Performance fees  ($175 for Angels and $200 for all other roles) are due before your child’s audition and can be done online for NEAD registered students. Go to your account on the NEAD webpage to register and pay for the Nutcracker Fee. A volunteer commitment is due at the time of registration. The students name will not appear on the cast list until payment has been received.

Nutcracker Casting will be posted Thursday, September 15th
Nutcracker Rehearsals start Saturday, September 17th

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General Rehearsal Information

  • All dancers are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. If a child misses more than three rehearsals they may be replaced in the performance. In case of illness or extraordinary family conflict, please call the NEAD office at 972-3265 or email us at
  • Rehearsal schedules and tech week schedules are posted on the website.
  • The Rehearsal Schedule will change frequently. You are responsible for checking the updated schedule. Updated schedules will be sent out via email the week prior and posted on the website by Thursday at 12N.
  • Please be certain that your dancer arrives with sufficient time to change, use the bathroom and be ready to dance. Be certain that your child is safely inside the building before you leave. Rehearsals will end at the stated time and children are to be picked up promptly.
  • Please park only in designated areas and come and go as quickly as possible. Our neighbors will appreciate your cooperation.
  • All dancers should arrive for rehearsal in dance attire with hair in a ballet bun. If a rehearsal will be a long one, please provide your child with a healthy snack and water for break time.
  • Only dancers, choreographers and rehearsal assistants are permitted in studios during rehearsals.
  • All dancers will be expected to come to rehearsal in the evening during the final week at New Canaan High School.

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  • The best way to communicate is via email. Please be sure we have your email address. If you need to contact us, please send an email to If you need to reach a director, please email Ginna Ortiz or Frances Ortiz.

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Order of Show

 Act 1

Scene 1:     Party Scene: Party Scene Parents, Children, Little Clara & Dolls

Scene 2:     Battle Scene: Mice and Soldiers, Night Fairy & Little Clara

Scene 3:     Big Clara and The Nutcracker Prince

Scene 4:     Snow: Snow Queen & Angels

15 minute intermission

Act 2

Scene 1:     Waltz of the Flowers & Angels

Scene 2:     Land of the Sweets

Scene 3:     Spanish and Senoritas

Scene 4:     Chinese

Scene 5:     Candy Canes

Scene 6:     Arabian and Odalisques

Scene 7:     Mother Ginger and Ginger Cookies

Scene 8:     Flute

Scene 9      Grand pas de deux with bon bons

Scene 10:   Finale and Bows

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Costume Information

    • All Costumes will be collected in the theater after our last performance, unless otherwise noted. Please plan accordingly and bring a change of clothes to wear home. Any late returns may incur a fine.
    • Dancers must take good care of all costumes and accessories. They should immediately be hung up. Any damage may incur a fine to be determined based on extent of damage.
    • Be sure to put the dancer’s name on masking tape and put it on all costume pieces. Tape should remain in costume when you return it so that we know to mark your name off our list.
    • All dancers are expected to have clean pink tights with no holes or rips and clean pink ballet slippers or Pointe shoes, unless otherwise noted.
    • All costumes and accessories will be made available for picture day.
    • All NEDT company members are required to wear eyelashes in all performances. Also “Snow Earrings” will be required for major roles. Please advise costume mistress if you do not have pierced ears. ALL NEDT company members must bring a nude leotard that can be worn under costumes to all performances including lecture demonstrations. Hair will be decided by costume mistress.


Costume Information

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Volunteer Committees

Nutcracker is a huge production and can not happen without help from our parents. We require a volunteer commitment. If this is not possible, you may wave your responsibility by donating $75 to NEAD for use in the production. If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Mitchell at

The following committees are available to sign up for:

Publicity:  Develop and distribute information about the performance throughout the local communities. Newspapers, TV, Schools, Businesses, Organizations

Poster Distribution:  Hang posters in New Canaan and surrounding communities. Approx. 2 wks before performances.

Tickets:  Sell tickets to the performances during the actual performance weekend.

Program: Organization, typing, layout and editing of performance program.

Booster Ads:  Collect and layout booster ads for the performance program.

Business Ads:  Solicit businesses in the community regarding ad space in the performance program

Costumes:  Assist costume mistress to collect and organize costumes after the final performance.

Stage transportation and set up:  Transport stage sets, backdrops and stage props to and from the theater and lay down Marley floor. Scheduled in the evening a day or two before dress rehearsal. A great opportunity for fathers to volunteer!

Decoration:  Help decorate the theater and stage for the performance. Decorating is done the week prior to the show.

Concession:  Help organize and sell refreshments during the intermission of the performances.

Boutique:  Help with sales at the gift boutique, set up in the theater lobby, before, during and after performances.

Flowers:  Create bouquets and help sell flowers before the performances and during intermission.

Hair and Make-up:  Assist dancers with hair, make-up and costume accessories during dress rehearsal and performances.

Ushers:  Collect tickets, distribute programs and assist with seating during performances.

Backstage Catering:  Organize food for the NEDT company members, party scene dancers and crew during tech week rehearsals and performance days.

Backstage Chaperone:  Help back stage with the younger dancers (Ballet 1 through 5b) during tech week rehearsals and performances. Your responsibilities include helping the dancers with their costumes, providing water and a snack if needed, and keeping them safe and happy. The coordinator of each group will organize the volunteers of that group.

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Photo Session

  • Photography session TBA.
  • Please be advised that each group will be scheduled according to the part they will dance in the show. Your picture should be taken during the scheduled time for your specific part.
  • Arrive as early as possible within your time slot.
  • Come with hair and make up done. Your costume will be provided.
  • Pictures must not interfere with your rehearsal time.
Pictures are scheduled as follows:

There will not be a photo session with Andrew before the performances this year. Please stay tuned for updates.

Nutcracker Photo Order Form


Please check back online on Thursday, September 17th. We will post casting after 7:30pm. Remember, if you have outstanding tuition or registration fees, no role will be posted for your child.

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Booster Ad Information

Nutcracker is a special event in your dancer’s experience. It is wonderful to watch the progress from year to year. Show how much you appreciate all of the hard work! Purchase a booster ad for the Nutcracker Program… It’s easy and a super souvenir for your child! The deadline for submitting a Booster Ad is October 28th. No late ads can be accepted.

The ad size and price breakdown is as follows:

Quarter Page (5″x 2″) $50
Half Page (5″x 4″) $95
Full Page (5″x 8″) $175

Program Booster Ad Form

To purchase an ad in our program, please fill out the form below and click submit. You will be directed to PayPal to complete your purchase. You must submit your text and photo with the name of the dancer in the subject line to the following address:
  • $0.00

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DVD Information

  • Order your 2016 Nutcracker DVD to commemorate your dancer’s efforts.
  • Filmed and edited by NEAD Staff.
  • Multiple angles and crisp digital quality.
  • $45/copy, does not include shipping.
  • Only one night’s performance will be featured on the DVD at the discretion of the NEDT directors.
  • Questions? Contact the office at or (203) 972-3265


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