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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 100 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.  The Saturday and Sunday evening performances also include the “Dancers’ Concerto,” featuring our Ensemble Divisions performing tap, jazz, production & contemporary pieces.


How Do I Get Tickets?

Here is the link to purchase tickets (these become available about a month before the performances):

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 and When are Auditions?

You must be a member of one of CAPA’s Ballet Companies to be eligible to audition for featured roles.  Only featured roles need to audition…ALL Ballet Company members (as well as several other ensembles) will perform with their company in the Nutcracker.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS and Other Nutcracker Info!!

If you plan to audition, please read the  information contained in the attached link very carefully Audition Letter Master.pdf 

Auditions will be held at noon, Sunday, September 9.  We will start sharply at noon with the opening remarks, height line up and number distribution, and it is critical that your dancer is on time, warmed up and ready to dance.

Dancers should come to auditions in regulation ballet attire (all black leotard – no colored trim), Primasoft pink tights, buns, no necklaces or dangly earrings – no skirts).  Neatness counts, as does audition behavior. 

Each participant is asked to limit the number of spectators to ONE parent or guardian only.  We expect a large number of dancers, and the waiting room will be quite crowded.  If you stay, please maintain quiet. No siblings, friends, or extra family members may be in the waiting room.

Good luck and happy dancing!!

9/4/2018: Queens Audition (Senior Ballet Company dancers only)

 9/9/2018: Other Featured Roles for Nutcracker Audition (Ballet Company dancers only)

When is it?

Rehearsal Schedule 2018

12/02 Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal at CAPA

12/03 & 12/04 Nutcracker Dress Rehearsals at CAMPO (after school)

Nutcracker Performance Schedule 2018

12/6 (Thursday) – Nutcracker Performance 7pm

12/7 (Friday) – Nutcracker Performance 7pm

12/8 (Saturday) -Nutcracker Performances 2pm & 7pm

12/9 (Sunday) – Nutcracker Performances 1pm & 5pm


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