Perform in the Nutcracker

Mother Ginger and the BonBons performing in the Nutcracker
2021 Performance Dates

Nutcracker Sweets

PBT's Studio One Theatre

Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 @11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm

Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre 

Sat. Dec. 18th 7:00pm

Sun. Dec. 19th 2:00pm

Open to all interested children with little to no dance experience, to advanced level!

All children ages 7 - 17 are welcome to audition on Saturday, September 18th. Please register for Nutcracker 2021 online here AFTER you have registered for your class.

Your child must register and enroll in at least one technique and performance studies combination class at PBT (class schedule here)

Important information, please read carefully!

We're so excited that your child is interested in being part of Peninsula Ballet Theatre's Company production of Nutcracker! Your student may be cast in one or more of the following performances of: Nutcracker Sweet and/or Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre

Required for the Rehearsal
  • Must wear leotard or comfortable dance clothing (leggings and t-shirt or tank top) with appropriate dance shoes. Students on pointe for at least 1 year should bring their pointe shoes. 

  • Must have hair in ballet bun or clipped away from the face if hair is short. 

  • Student and Parent Contracts must be signed after cast list is released.

About Lead Roles

We understand that all little girls dream of playing the role of Clara in Nutcracker (just as all professional ballerinas dream of being cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy!) Being cast as Clara requires ongoing dedication to their ballet studies at PBT and we do cast an advanced PBT student in this role. There are many roles for students in Mother Goose, Battle scene, Party scene, and other Act 2 divertissements. We look forward to meeting your student at rehearsal in September!


Warm Regards, 

Peninsula Ballet Theatre


Who is invited to audition?

Any child 7 or older may participate. You must register, enroll and attend at least one technique and performance class combination at PBT. For current class schedule and enrollment information please click here.


What is the cost to participate?

The Participation fee is $365. The fee covers all costuming needs and rehearsals and includes a DVD of the performance. We do discount if you have more than one child participating. Participation fees must be paid by September 18th. No refunds on participation fees. There may be an additional fee to cover the cost of cleanup if your student performs at the Fox Theatre. 

What are the parent obligations? 

Families are required to help during shifts. Shifts are available during rehearsal time, the week prior to the performances at PBT and the Fox, during Sweet and Fox Theatre performances and packing/unpacking after the Fox. ALL FAMILIES must help with theater pack-up at PBT. This takes no more than one-two hours when all families help! The shifts needed at the theater (either Sweets or at the Fox) will be approximately 10 - 15 hours total per family. 


Shifts are available with wardrobe, stage hands, dressing rooms, boutique sales, props, flyers, program ads, special events and coordination.


Details about the shifts, sign-ups, options available if you are not able to help during shifts, etc. will be discussed at the Parent Meeting (date and time TBA). 


When do rehearsals start?​
Rehearsals begin Saturday, September 25th.  Rehearsals are typically scheduled in blocks of time between 1:30 and 6 pm every Saturday and are subject to change. The amount of time for rehearsals will reflect the number of roles performed. If rehearsals are going well there will be no rehearsals the  Saturday following Thanksgiving.

How many rehearsals are we allowed to miss?

There is limited rehearsal time available for productions and students should really strive to be at every rehearsal. More time spent in rehearsal can mean a larger part for your student. If your child is absent due to an illness you will need to contact the children's performance coordinator as soon as you know they will not be able to be at rehearsal. 

How long are rehearsals?

Plan for at least one hour per scene assigned.

When are tech/dress rehearsals?

Specific dates and times will be announced. Plan on the following:

Tech/Dress for Sweets

Tech/Dress rehearsals at the Fox

The youngest participants are released from tech/dress rehearsals as early as possible.

How will we be notified of the rehearsal schedule?

The student cast manager will email all rehearsal schedules. 


When are the performances?

December 4, 5, 11, 12 at PBT's Studio One Theatre. 

December 18, 19 at Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

Please note that some students may be scheduled to perform specific dates and times. This is at the discretion of PBT casting. Even if your student is cast for certain dates/times, they must be available for all performances.​