finallykf Posted September 8, 2010 Report Share Posted September 8, 2010 My son's pre-pro school had auditions for the Nutcracker in August and the kids have to be 8 years old to audition. My son just started taking dance last January but he's 8 so he auditioned. He has been doing very well and has been progressing much more quickly than we (or his teachers) expected (in fact last weekend we were told, once again, that they think they will need to move him up another level in his girls class again because they underestimated how much he improved over the summer). He is a very theatrical kid and loves to perform so, of course, he wanted to be Fritz and told the AD. She told him that there were plenty of other good parts for little boys. The 8 and 9 year olds who get cast are usually girls who are cast as angels who walk across the stage with candles in act 2 or are soldiers who march across the stage. So we told him that if he gets a part he would probably be a soldier but not to get his hopes up since he hadn't been dancing very long. So this past week, letters started to go out to kids letting them know what roles they had been cast in. My son heard some of the older kids talking about it and asked the AD (for a little guy he is not at all shy about approaching her!!) if she had decided on all the roles. She asked him if I had received her letter yet. So he comes out and asks me and of course, I haven't received anything yet. So she tells him that that all of the letters have been the sent and the final letters were sent the day before. So I'm thinking, that's not a good sign - but he's only 8 and he has only been dancing since January so at least he got some audition experience. So he's REALLY paying attention to who's talking about what roles they got. He knows who got Clara - the same girl as last year. He goes to his all boys class. None of the boys in his class have gotten letters yet (including the oldest boy in his class who was Fritz last year). He asked some of the older boys who only take classes with girls - they have parts but none of them are Fritz. So, he is getting upset now and decides he either didn't get a part or he's a soldier. We both agree that the older boy in his all boys class must be Fritz again. So the next day the letter arrives. My son gets all upset and starts to cry because now he's convinced that he didn't get a part at all so he doesn't want to open the letter. So he runs upstairs to his room and I open the letter and have to go upstairs and read it to him. "Congratulations! You have been cast in the role of "FRITZ" in the 2010 production of the Nutcracker. . ." I have never seen such a enormous smile on that little boys face!!! I am one proud mommy!! Quote Link to comment
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