slhogan Posted September 9, 2006 Report Share Posted September 9, 2006 I know there is a Nut thread going on at another board, but I think this is more of a boy thing so I'll post it here. It's probably trivial, but it's kind of bugging me, and I'm hoping someone may have advice. My son is level 1 at a company school, and their Nut auditions are for level 2 and up. But, the office told me that since he is a boy there is a good chance he may be asked to participate (apparently last year they had a party-boy shortage). He is dying to be in their Nut, but I told him not to count on it. Plus, it's around 20 performances and a bit of a drive for us, so I won't be real sorry if he isn't invited to participate this year. Still, he has his fingers crossed and keeps asking me if I know anything yet (we won't know for a few more weeks if they will need him or not). There are a few small, local companies having their Nut auditions these next couple of weeks, and I would love to have him participate. Plus, there's a chance he could do something a little more interesting (such as play Fritz) than just a party boy. The couple of places I've called for audition details have all been excited to hear that a dancing boy might audition (apparently they usually just use the dancers little brothers). I'm not sure what the audition etiquette is about turning down a role. That is, if he auditions for a local production, I'm pretty sure he'll get a part (since they've all told me they need boys). But, if we learn in a couple of weeks that he'll have a chance to participate in the big company Nut, is it okay to turn down the local company? It doesn't seem like I can say "well, he can't commit to your Nutcracker for a few more weeks-- we're still waiting to hear if he has a part in the other Nutcracker." On the other hand, I don't want him to pass up his opportunity to be in a Nutcracker at all this season because we're just sitting around waiting for an opportunity that may not even happen. He does love Nut-- being a party-boy in a local production is what turned him on to ballet in the first place last year. Also, regarding audition do's-and-don'ts, Is it okay for him to audition for a few different Nuts and then pick the offer he likes the best? See why I'm posting this on the parents of boys board? Re-reading this post it sounds really lousy that I'm complaining that I can't figure out which Nut to do while I read other posts where they're just hoping their daughter gets a part at all. Being the parent of a boy dancer has it's own set of challenges. Quote Link to comment
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