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Nutcracker auditions on tap

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Area boys and girls ages five and older are invited to audition Saturday, Aug. 24, for the Prescott YMCA's second annual Nutcracker Ballet season.

Artistic Director Myrta George will conduct auditions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prescott Gateway Mall in Suite 222, across from Macayo's. Youth chosen for the dance troupe will perform selections from the ballet in December at the YMCA and Prescott Gateway Mall.

• 9 to 9:30 a.m. - ages 5 through 7 - for six mice (girls and boys) and six Ginger girls;

• 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - ages 8 through 12 - eight boys and girls as soldiers, plus Chinese and Russian dancers, heroine Clara, the Nutcracker and King Mouse;

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - ages 13 and up - fifteen girls' roles including Spanish dance, Arabian dance, toy flutes, Sugar Plum Fairy, and flowers with dewdrop. This last session also will include auditions for an adult female to dance the role of Mother Ginger.

Audition Registration forms and parent information packets are available by emailing ballet@prescottymca.org or stopping by the Guest Services Desk near the Food Court at Prescott Gateway Mall. Those auditioning are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their sessions to sign in and receive a number.

The 2013 holiday Nutcracker Ballet season will kick off Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the YMCA Main Building Gymnasium. Prescott Gateway Mall performances will be Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 and 4 p.m. each day in the Dillard's Court.

To learn more about the auditions, contact Mytra George, Artistic Director at 445-7221 or at ballet@prescottymca.org.