2015 Principal Audition Process
Tuesday, September 15th, 4:00-5:30 pm
Friday, September 18th, 4:00-5:30 pm
If time allows, there will be a brief warm-up at the beginning and middle of each audition session. Please be at the rink no later than 30 minutes before your scheduled time.
Skaters must have PASSED ISI FS5 and/or USFS Pre-Juvenile Free Skate OR be 13 years of age or older and have PASSED ISI FS4 and/or USFS Preliminary Free Skate.
A $20 audition fee must accompany your audition application; this fee covers the cost of the audition ice. Show registration forms and fees for principals will be due following principal announcements.
Skaters will audition individually at their scheduled times. Each skater must perform a prepared program (1-3 minutes). Auditions are closed to spectators (this includes coaches, parents, and other skaters).
Principals are selected based on several factors, including (but not limited to) skating strength and ability, presentation, age, level, experience and attitude during past participation. Judges are looking for skaters who show strong “stage presence” and theatrics, so smile and express yourself! Preference may be given to older skaters and skaters who have demonstrated an active role in the sport and in their club, so it is very important to fully fill out the section for previous skating experience. Skaters are typically not given the same roles they had in previous years, unless the judges see fit to do so. Having a principal part in past performances does not guarantee receiving one this year.
Skaters auditioning should be committed to the show in general. All parts are important and the director makes every effort to highlight a skater’s skills and strengths, regardless of the part assigned. If you are not offered a principal role, we highly encourage you to participate in a high-level group number, which will be formed in October.
Principal assignments will be emailed and posted on the Metro Edge Figure Skating Club bulletin board at the Webster Ice Arena and online at www.NutcrackerOnIce.org no later than Wednesday, September 23rd. The decisions of the judging panel are final, and any additional roles or changes to roles will NOT be accepted after the cast list is posted.
The judging panel will consist of dance, theatre and skating professionals. The goal of the mixed panel is to cast the show to achieve the best overall Nutcracker event. No parents, other skaters or coaches will be allowed to watch auditions. Only the judges will see the auditions and only the judging panel will have input into casting.
Rehearsal and Show Schedule
Principals are expected to work on their program during their own time, although they must be at both dress rehearsals. Some roles may require extra practice with the director, other principal parts, or group numbers and will be scheduled as needed by the director. The following roles are group leaders, and will be expected to attend their respective group practices: Butler, Governess, Mistress of Sweets, Mouse Shadow, Frost Princesses, Dragon, Aunt Cinnamon/Mother Ginger, Butterflies/Dew Drop Fairies. Group practices are held on Saturdays, Oct. 31-Dec 5 between 11:30-1:30.
Two dress rehearsals will be held the week of the show:
Tuesday, December 8th from 4pm- 6:45pm
Friday, December 11th 4pm-6:45pm.
Saturday, December 12th, 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 13th, 2:00 and 5:00 pm
(Note: Skaters will need to be at the rink at least 1 hour before show starts.)
If you have questions about the audition process, please contact Charity Hendrickson at 815-222-7689 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the show please contact Jannette McBride at 314-541-3633 or sjbkMcBride@aol.com.
The Snow Queen 2011 played by Allie Rosemann
Show History - This version of Nutcracker on Ice was first performed in Rockford, IL in 1996. It was created and conceived by Sharon Whitlock (our director’s mother) to give skaters the opportunity to perform this classic, timeless story of The Nutcracker, one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous and beloved pieces of music. Sharon also wanted the public to have the chance to see The Nutcracker in a unique way—on ice! The show was produced for eight years in Rockford, IL and over those years involved hundreds of skaters and thousands of audience members. In addition, each year the show hosted a food drive to make the holidays a little easier for those who were less fortunate. Because of this, skaters not only had a fun experience skating in the show, but also learned the importance and gratification in giving to others.
The show was brought to St. Louis in 2005 by Sharon’s daughter Charity, who moved to St. Louis to attend Saint Louis University. The first year was an overwhelming success! With two shows completely sold out and with little more than a week prior to the shows a third show was added to accommodate the amount of people who wanted to see this beautiful performance! Since that year, the show has continued to grow in every aspect. Each year we have had more skaters, more audience members, more food donations (yes, we continued the food drive), bigger sets, better costumes! The growth would not have been possible without the dedication of many skaters, coaches, parents, and volunteers! We hope to continue our growth with another successful year!
Our hope is that everybody who is involved in the show or sees the show is somehow touched by the magic of the story! Whether you are a skater in the show, volunteering for the show, or attending the show, we are confident that you will have a rewarding experience and be glad that you had a part in this amazing production!
Join MEFSC Nutcracker On Ice and Operation Food Search in helping to fight hunger in St. Louis!
Light Tuna (canned, packed in water)
Canned Vegetables and Fruits (in natural juices)
Canned Pasta (Ravioli or any meat pasta)
Canned Chili & Canned Beans (including Pork 'n Beans)
Boxes of Individual Oatmeal Packets
Any packaged food items are accepted, but the most needed items are listed above. (please no glass containers!) Bring an item to the show. Together, we can impact lives one meal at a time!
The LaMear / Powers Families
The following businesses are supporting our show by purchasing advertising in our program.
Clean Uniform Company
The Lawrence Group Architects
Head to Toe Dancewear, Kirkwood, MO
Go Figure Skates, Webster Groves, MO
Iron Man Sound
Sarah Lough Photography
Serendipity Ice Cream, Webster Groves MO
St. Louis Girls Youth Hockey Association
Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park