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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Thanks to our affiliation with Les Grands Ballets, students at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec benefit from a unique opportunity to take part in the famous show The Nutcracker. This is an exceptional opportunity for them to gain enriching and formative experience in a professional environment.

Auditions for the children's roles are held every year in September at the École supérieure.

The children and teenagers selected then have the opportunity to take part in this enchanting show, presented every year in Deember, at Place des Arts in Montreal. Some of the roles are also performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Auditions for The Nutcracker 2024

September 6 and 7, 2024
At l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec

Who can audition ?

Auditions are open to students in the École supérieure's professional and recreational programs. Please note that certain roles are reserved for the professional division.


How do I enter?

To participate, complete the registration form before midnight on Tuesday, September 3, 2024.

Note for the Superior cycle : the Grands Ballets team will observe the Superior cycle class on Friday, September 6, from 1 pm to 2:45 pm, to assign the corps de ballet roles. No registration is required for these students.

New audition process

To simplify and enhance the audition experience :

  • Organization by level : audition schedules are set according to Upper School student levels/cycles; most levels will audition for multiple roles.

  • Roles assigned by size and level : as costume sizes are fixed, roles will be assigned with this criterion in mind. A size check will be carried out on site.

By applying, candidates agree to play the role assigned to them, whatever their initial preference.

Final decision : Roles will be assigned by the Grands Ballets team, who will then communicate the results directly to those selected. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Roles available

For students in the professional division only (Junior, Inter, Advanced): Moutons noirs; Moutons blancs; Café; Matriochkas.

For students in the Professional (Junior, Inter) and Recreational divisions: Party Kids; Mice; Rats; Angels; Reindeer.

Each role has its own particularities, advantages and style. Whatever the role assigned by Les Grands Ballets, taking part in The Nutcracker is an exceptional artistic adventure!

Eligibility and audition schedules

Consult the detailed audition schedules for each level and check the eligibility criteria in the document below.

View schedule and criteria

Rehearsal schedule

Anyone selected to audition will be expected to participate assiduously in rehearsals. The following is a preliminary schedule of rehearsals from September to December.

See rehearsal schedule

Frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to frequently asked questions. Read our FAQ (En français seulement)

Contact us

For questions about auditions, registration forms and the recreational division:

[email protected] | 514 849-4929, poste 250

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