CHICAGO (CBS) — It might still be summer, but Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet company is looking ahead to its annual Christmastime tradition – a production of the Nutcracker.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports Joffrey artistic director Ashley Wheater said the company next month will hold auditions to fill the roles of some 200 children for its production of the Nutcracker in December.READ MORE: 'These Are Very Real Worries': Chicago's Chinatown Still Concerned About Increase Of Hate Crimes
Wheater said what they look for is not necessarily polished professional dancers, but kids with personality and a sense of musicality.
“You see actually their confidence grow as the performances go on,” he said.READ MORE: Former Northwestern Professor Wyndham Lathem Gets 53 Years For Murder Of Boyfriend Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau
While the children won’t be paid, Wheater said it’s a great experience for them.
The auditions will be held at the Joffrey Tower at State and Randolph streets on Sunday, Sept. 15. You can register for the auditions here.MORE NEWS: Chicago Bears Reportedly Expected To Sign Chiefs Exec Ryan Poles As New GM
Joffrey also has put together a FAQ sheet about the auditions.