Southwest Ballet Theatre

"Southwest Ballet Theatre, in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College, is seeking angels, mice and more for all four performances of its fifth annual “Nutcracker” production."

Southwest Ballet Theatre, in partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College, is seeking angels, mice and more for all four performances of its fifth annual “Nutcracker” production.

Student dancers are invited to audition from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 7, at the Performing Arts Center, 3000 N. Dysart Road, Avondale. “The Nutcracker” is set for Thursday, December 12, to Sunday, December 15, at the Performing Arts Center.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for student dancers to share the stage with professional guest artists,” said Tim Butterfield, EMCC coordinator of fine arts facilities.

The partnership between EMCC and SWBT allows for revenue sharing. EMCC waives all facilities fees for SWBT and the ballet company pays all personnel fees as well as gives EMCC a percentage of box office sales.

“Through the partnership, EMCC students are able to see the shows for free while PAC student workers are given real-world production experience,” Butterfield said, adding that SWBT creates the artistic content, such as choreography and interpretation, as well as the costumes for productions and EMCC creates and provides all other technical aspects of the production, including scenery, lighting, audio and props.

EMCC has used the revenue for productions and equipment for the PAC. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the revenue sharing expanded to include scholarships. In May at a performance of SWBT’s “Coppélia,” the first annual Southwest Ballet Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 was awarded to an EMCC student. Revenue from the partnership will also be used to replenish the Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship established by the Kiwanis Club.

“The Nutcracker” is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 1.

Auditioning dancers must reserve a space and pay an applicable fee online before auditioning. All information, including fees, dress code and ballet class requirements, can be found at southwestballettheatre.org/performances/auditions.

Adults with dance or acting experience who are interested in participating in this year’s production are encouraged to contact Southwest Ballet at admin@swballet.org.