The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) & Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Department of Theatre and Dance’s, Dance Repertory Company will hold auditions for it’s holiday production of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Sept. 8th at MCA’s home the Valencia Arts Center Located at 1164 W. Howard St. (10th), Winona, MN 55987.

“The Nutcracker” tells the timeless tale of Clara as she is taken into a magical world filled with dancing candy, daring sword fights, and beautiful fairies.

There are numerous opportunities to become involved in this production, from performing in the spotlight to assisting behind-the-scenes. Roles are available for actors, dancers, and community members ages five and older (including adults) at all levels of experience.

New this year we are trying to make it even easier for families by having specific arrival times for each age group, as listed below. The two younger groups can expect to be at auditions for approximately one hour. Older dancers can expect to stay a bit longer depending on the number of students auditioning and levels of experience. Younger/Less experienced dancers as well as adults auditioning for the party scene will be excused first.

5-6 years: 3pm

7-9 years: 3:45pm

10 years- Adults: 4:45pm

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization and affilate program of Saint Mary’s University of MN which offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center.

MCA’s ninth biennial production of “The Nutcracker” will be presented at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University of MN Campus at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, December 1, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 2. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. A special abridged performance geared toward families with young children will be on Wednesday, November , 28th 6:30 p.m. with all tickets set at $5.

For more information, visit our Nutcracker Q & A,  email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500. Auditions are free and open to the public.