Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre | 2018 Nutcracker Auditions for Young Dancers
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2018 Nutcracker Auditions for Young Dancers

Saturday, September 8


Childrens NutcrackerJosé Mateo Ballet Theatre welcomes young dancers ages 6-18 to audition for our 31st annual production of The Nutcracker and a chance to share the spotlight with dancers in a professional company.

Children from across Massachusetts will be cast in the roles of party children, mice, polichinelles, cherubs and soldiers, some requiring no previous dance experience.

Choreographed by José Mateo, recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s 2017 Commonwealth Award, JMBT’s production of The Nutcracker is the longest running version of the holiday classic.

The 2018 Nutcracker performances will be held at The Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston’s Theatre District from November 30-December 9 and The Strand Theatre in Dorchester from December 14-23. All children will perform in at least 7 of the 21 performances.

Audition Fee: $25
The $25 audition fee may be paid by credit card upon registration or by cash/check on the day of auditions.

Audition Attire:
Girls: Leotard, tights, ballet slippers (pointe shoes for those with 3+ years training en pointe)
Boys: T-shirt, tights or shorts, ballet slippers

JMBT’s The Nutcracker is a professional production and requires a serious  commitment on the part of all of our young dancers
and their families to attend all rehearsals. Rehearsals run October-December – mostly on weekends – at our Cambridge studios located at 400 Harvard Street.


Pre-registration is now closed, but you can still register in person on Saturday!

We ask that your arrive to the audition 15 minutes early to review your paperwork and pay your $25 registration fee. Please note that if you are registering more than one child for an audition, you need to use different email addresses for each child. Pre-registration is NOT required to audition, but will save you time on the day-of.

Participation Fees:
All children cast in The Nutcracker must pay a $200 participation fee.  Financial aid is available upon request. Cast members may also need to purchase leotards, tights, ballet slippers and special makeup depending on role.  These items are not included in the participation fee. 

Additional Questions?
Call 617-354-7467 or email


José Mateo Ballet Theatre

400 Harvard St., Cambridge

Ages 6-7 – 9:00 am
Girls 8-10 – 10:00 am
Boys 8-12 – 11:00 am
Girls 11-12 – 12:00pm
Girls 13-15 – 1:00 pm
Boys 13-18 – 2:00 pm
Girls 16-18 – 3:00 pm

Click here to pre-register for this audition.