The lights, the energy, the pride, the thrill of applause.

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy students have the unique opportunity to take the stage alongside Milwaukee Ballet’s professional Company of dancers.

The Nutcracker

  • Student Cast Information

  • health & safety: vaccination and testing requirements

    The following guidelines apply to all eligible students who wish to audition for The Nutcracker Student Cast:

    • Students ages 12+ must submit proof of vaccination to participate. Their first dose of the vaccine must be administered prior to the September 19th audition.
    • Students must then submit proof of full vaccination by October 18, 2021.
      • The CDC defines a person as “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).
    • Regardless of vaccination status, all students are required to wear masks, socially distance, and abide by Milwaukee Ballet health and safety guidelines during rehearsals and while backstage.
    • Students under 12 years old will also be required to wear a mask as part of their performance costume.
    • Students over 12 years old may also be required to wear a mask as part of their performance costume as dictated by Artistic Staff.
    • Students will be subject to routine COVID-19 tests as prescribed by Milwaukee Ballet’s Health & Safety Committee.
  • Parent Volunteers

    Milwaukee Ballet’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker has a large student cast that would not be possible without many family volunteers. Volunteers are critical to the success of the show and provide an exciting insiders-look at the production. Volunteer opportunities will be discussed at the mandatory full cast meeting.

    All Volunteers must be adults that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning the volunteer date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination must be submitted in advance to Alyx Johnson.

    Only Backstage Supervisors who are volunteering for the specific performance/rehearsal are allowed in the backstage area. A backstage access pass will be issued to the backstage supervisors for the scheduled rehearsals and performances. Volunteers are eligible to use a discounted parking voucher when they are on duty.

    The following individuals must complete a Milwaukee Ballet Volunteer Application. This application will be valid for up to 2 years from submission date:

    • First-time volunteers with Milwaukee Ballet and MBSA
    • Volunteers who submitted their application in Fall 2019 and wish to renew their application for Fall 2021 volunteer opportunities.



    1. Submit a volunteer application to Alyx Johnson in advance. A background check will be conducted.
    2. Submit proof of full vaccination here.
    3. Review the Volunteer Descriptions prior to signing up for any volunteer opportunity.
    4. Starting Monday, October 25 at noon, parent/guardians may sign up for only one slot per volunteer role.
    5. Starting Monday, November 1, sign up for any additional slots available.
    6. Starting Monday, November 22, adults other than parent/guardians may sign up for remaining volunteer slots.
    7. All volunteers must attend a Zoom training session on November 29 or December 1. Details to come.
    8. Bring your signed Marcus Performing Arts Center waiver to your first volunteer shift. Waiver to be distributed.

    Student Cast & Volunteer Supervisor Backstage and Performance Rules and Expectations


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