Nutcracker au­di­tions Sept. 8

The Covington News - - At Play - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­news.com

Al­though out­side doesn’t feel like Christ­mas just yet, the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion of New­ton County is get­ting into the hol­i­day spirit early by an­nounc­ing pub­lic au­di­tions for its an­nual Nutcracker bal­let.

The group is ask­ing all cu­ri­ous res­i­dents to give the bal­let slip­per a try and come to Main­stream Dance in Cov­ing­ton Satur­day, Sept. 8. Au­di­tions for chil­dren ages five and six are from noon to 12:30 p.m., ages seven and up, au­di­tions are from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

No dance ex­pe­ri­enced is re­quired, and co-artis­tic di­rec­tor Ash­ley Lazenby Swan said she hopes to in­clude ev­ery­one who audi- tions in the bal­let.

“In the past, we’ve tried to use ev­ery child we can,” she said. “We want to try to ex­pose ev­ery kid and get their feet wet with dance.”

The bal­let, in its 11th year, has be­come a hol­i­day sta­ple for New­ton County resi- dents, al­though Swan said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The bal­let is the per­fect way for fam­i­lies to slow down dur­ing the sea­son and ap­pre­ci­ated time to­gether; it’s just one of those tra­di­tions,” Swan said.

The com­pany al­ready has 50 chil­dren casted for the bal­let and are look­ing for 25 to 50 ex­tra dancers, with per­for­mances run­ning Dec. 7-9. For more in­for­ma­tion, contact The Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County at (770) 786-8188. De­tails of the au­di­tion:

- tion is 1114 Col­lege Av­enue in Cov­ing­ton. bring a full body pho­to­graph and $125 for the pro­gram fee. Swan said schol­ar­ships are avail­able based on fi­nan­cial need, and the $125 can be paid in in­cre­ments.

- vised to wear a bal­let leo­tard, tights and bal­let shoes. T-shirt, gym socks.

shorts and

This year’s Nutcracker per­for­mance will be­gin Dec.

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