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.

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.

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.

Joffrey also has put together a FAQ sheet about the auditions.

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