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Richmond Ballet seeking local dancers for roles in ‘The Nutcracker.’ Here’s how you can audition

Dance students from across Hampton Roads and North Carolina will be cast for student roles in “The Nutcracker." (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Richmond Ballet)
Dance students from across Hampton Roads and North Carolina will be cast for student roles in “The Nutcracker.” (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Richmond Ballet)

For the sixth consecutive year, Richmond Ballet will return to Chrysler Hall in Norfolk with a beloved holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 7-9.

Dance students from across Hampton Roads and North Carolina will be cast for student roles in “The Nutcracker;” last year’s production featured students from 33 local dance studios.

There will be auditions on Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 at Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road, in Virginia Beach, as part of the Ballet’s new partnership with the state-of-the-art performing arts school, according to a news release from Richmond Ballet.

Students who are cast will participate in weekly rehearsals at Old Donation School on Sundays, Oct. 7 through Dec. 2.

The student cast will have the unique opportunity to perform alongside the Company’s professional dancers and musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for four public performances and one youth performance.

Information about the auditions, click here.

Showtimes for “The Nutcracker”

  • Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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