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Press Release

Milwaukee Children Audition for NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet

Auditions take place Friday, September 16

By - Sep 1st, 2022 10:00 am

Local youth are invited to audition and perform in children’s roles in NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet alongside an international cast of world class artists from Ukraine, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan and more.

NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet is performing in Milwaukee, Dec. 1, at the Miller High Life Theater at 7 p.m. with auditions hosted by local ballet school Studio Via, located at N56W16743 Ridgewood Dr. in Menomonee Falls, on Sept. 16. at 5 p.m. The company invites local ballet students to fill children’s roles. In this opportunity of a lifetime, the students are coached by the classically trained Ukrainian soloists who teach them not only the choreography but the beautiful artistry of ballet in a bold and unique rendition of Tchaikovksy’s timeless holiday masterpiece.

Local youth ages six to 17 can audition for the roles of party children, mice, snowflakes, snow maidens, and variations through the “Dance-with-Us ” community engagement program. Auditions will be held in each performance city this fall. The “Dance-with-Us” program has brought more than 100,000 aspiring ballet dancers on stage with the professionals over the past 30 years

Ukrainian audition director Bogdana Kopiy will lead the selection process. In this moment of international conflict, these soloists from leading opera houses in Ukraine bring a timely message of peace and harmony to American students.

Children in the cast rehearse for weeks at the local studio, preparing for the performance(s) that will take place under the bright lights of the Miller High Life Theater. On the performance day, the youth cast starts early with costume fittings having been assigned classical hand-sewn costumes designed by the highly acclaimed Arthur Oliver. A dress rehearsal will be held on stage with the professional company led by Ukrainian Artistic Director, Nobuhiro Terada, (artistic director of the National School in Kyiv.)
Tickets are available at

See NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet Thurs., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Miller High Life Theatre.  Buy Tickets.

Studio VIA Studio VIA was founded in 2010 by Kim Johnson whose mission is to create a dance studio atmosphere she would have loved as a young dancer, and now as a mother, a safe supportive place to watch her daughter grow up.  She hopes every dancer who walks through her doors learns to love dance as much as she does.

Dance-with-Us  program is unique to the NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet tour. Local ballet students are invited to audition for, rehearse, and perform with the company in ancillary roles. The roles include Party Children, Little Mice, Snowflakes, and Snow Maidens.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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