AVON PARK, Fla.–July 29, 2015–The sumptuous, holiday classic, The Nutcracker, returns to South Florida State College’s Theatre for the Performing Arts after an eight-year hiatus. Cindy Garren, SFSC director of cultural programs, has contracted Columbia City Ballet, South Carolina’s premiere ballet company, to perform the beloved ballet on Dec. 8, 7 p.m. 

William Starrett, artistic director of Columbia City Ballet, will conduct local auditions on Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at noon, at the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus. “Many roles are available, from mice to soldiers to candy canes and more,” Garren said. Dance and gymnastics experience is not required, although it is preferred, and children must have completed kindergarten. “This is a wonderful opportunity for local children to perform onstage with a respected, professional company in a beautiful production,” Garren said. 

Children should wear leotards, tights, and ballet shoes or shorts and a plain white T-shirt with comfortable shoes. Sandals or flip flops are not permitted. No fee is required for auditions, but all children cast in the production must pay a small costume rental fee which covers cleaning and repairs.

Rehearsals will be held on Saturday mornings beginning in November. The final rehearsal schedule will be presented at the auditions. A final dress rehearsal will be held during the day on Tuesday, Dec. 8 and all children are required to attend. The Nutcracker will be performed at 7 p.m. 

A parent meeting will be held at noon prior to the auditions on Aug. 29, in the SFSC Theatre for the Performing Arts. Children without a parent or adult chaperone in attendance will not be permitted to audition. 

For more information or to get an audition form, go to sfscarts.org.   If you have any questions, please email culturalperformances@southflorida.edu.   Please do not call the SFSC Box Office which is closed for the summer. 

Columbia City Ballet produces what critics have described as “some of the highest quality cultural entertainment in the Southeast.” The ballet attracts not only audiences from all over the Southeast, but also quality dancers from all over the country. Entering its 55th season, Columbia City Ballet travels to 15 cities in three states performing a full ballet season.