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What Is It?

‘Tis the season when snow falls onstage, the enchanted Christmas tree grows and grows, mice battle with toy soldiers and Clara travels to the magical Land of Sweets!  Our Ensembles and Ballet Companies all participate in CAPA’s magical December holiday offering…a full length, narrated version of the classical favorite, “THE NUTCRACKER.”  CAPA’s Nutcracker has become a much loved Lamorinda tradition and is on the “don’t miss” list for many families.  It’s a highly professional production with gorgeous costumes, beautiful sets, and of course the amazing talents of over 150 local performers.  It’s great fun for all ages…even preschoolers love it as the narrator helps engage them in the timeless tale of Clara and her enchanted Christmas Eve.  Tickets always sell out quickly, but should be a “must” for family and friends on your holiday calendar.  Six public performances will be held this year.  Two evening performances also include the “Dancers’ Concerto,” featuring our Ensemble Divisions performing tap, jazz, production & contemporary pieces.


When is it?

This year’s Nutcracker performances are tentatively scheduled for Dec 5-8th, 2019.

Who Performs in the Nutcracker?

All of CAPA’s Ballet Companies, as well as several of the traditional performing ensembles (Daisy, Rose, Poppy, Violet & Sr. Ensemble), perform in the Nutcracker.

Who can audition for the Nutcracker?

Only dancers that are a member of one of CAPA’s Ballet Companies are eligible to audition for featured parts.  Queens Auditions will be held Tuesday, September 10th, and all other parts will audition on Sunday, September 15th.  All dancers wishing to participate in a featured role must be available every Sunday afternoon from September 15 until Nutcracker, with the exception of the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Ballet Company dancers not dancing a solo or featured role will only need to rehearse with their companies in class.

Tuesday, September 10 – Queens Auditions

Sunday, September 15 – Nutcracker Featured Role Auditions

Sunday, December 1st – Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal at CAPA (Times TBD, but usually starts around 11)

Monday & Tuesday, December 2nd & 3rd – Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal at CAMPO (after school)

Thurs, December 5th,  6pm – Green Cast Performance

Fri, December 6th,  7pm – Red Cast Performance (with Concerto)

Sat, December 7th,  2pm – Red Cast Performance

Sat, December 7th,   7pm – Green Cast Performance (with Concerto)

Sun, December 8th,   1pm – Green Cast Performance

Sun, December 8th,   5pm – Red Cast Performance

Who dances when?

Act 1

  • Overture
  • All party scene… Ladies (senior ensemble), gentlemen, children (Poppy)
  • Sylphide group dance
  • Fight (battle scene)… Mice and soldiers… Aurora and Coppelia
  • Snow

Act Two

  • Angels (Daisy)
  • Handmaidens
  • Two by Twos
  • Spanish (Paquita)
  • Arabian (Senior Ensemble)
  • Chinese (Giselle/Kirov)
  • Candy Canes (Violet)
  • Mirlitons (Kitri)
  • Bon Bons (Rose)
  • Waltz of the Flowers (Senior Ballet)
  • Two by Twos – Finale

The Concerto order

  • Production – The Wiz
  • Daisy – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (split cast, Fri-Red; Sat-Green)
  • Rose Ensemble – Suzy Snowflake (split cast, Fri-Red; Sat-Green)
  • Junior Ensemble – Holiday Wonder
  • Poppy Ensemble – Jingle Bell Rock (split cast, Fri-Red; Sat-Green)
  • Senior Tap – Merry Christmas Baby
  • Iris Ensemble – Imagined Oceans
  • Violet Ensemble – We Need a Little Christmas (split cast, Fri-Red; Sat-Green)
  • Lilac Ensemble – Spirit
  • Calla Ensemble – Carol of the Bells
  • Senior Ensemble – The Promise of  Shadows