Nutcracker Cast Family Info


Friday, September 16
Nutcracker Cast Family Meeting at Countryside School gymnasium 5:30-6:30pm

Saturday, September 17
First Nutcracker Rehearsal (Rehearsal Schedule)

Volunteer link becomes available for sign-up

Saturday, October 1

Bun 101 for Dutch Dairy at 12:15pm
Bun 101 for Soldiers at 2:30pm
Annual Nutfest Celebration! 5:00-7:00pm

Saturday, October 8
Bun 101 for Mice at 2:30pm
TFF Parking Lot Fundraiser - Volunteers needed
Annual Nutfest Rain Date

Saturday, October 15
TFF Parking Lot Fundraiser - Volunteers needed

Friday, October 21
Tech Schedule Distributed

Saturday, October 22
New Family Meeting - Mandatory for families new to The Nutcracker;
Countryside School gymnasium; 1:45-2:45pm

Saturday, October 29
Make-up, hair + costume components check for:
Dutch Dairy 11:15am; Mice 2:30pm; Soldiers 3:00pm
Party Boys 3:45pm, unless included in the above time slots for additional roles


Saturday, November 5
Mandatory Wrangler Training (includes make-up demo; props area)

Sunday, November 13
Mandatory Full Costume Check: Dutch Dairy + Mice + Soldiers + Party Boys
Full Costume Check Schedule

Friday, November 19
Load In at Krannert (Volunteers needed)

November 24-26
(Thursday-Saturday) Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 28
What to Expect
Opera Room Guidelines
Krannert Orientation and Spacing Rehearsal/Both Casts except Dutch Dairy
DVD and Blu-Ray orders due (DVD/Blu-Ray Order Form)

Tuesday, November 29
Dress Rehearsal Red Cast

Wednesday, November 30
Dress Rehearsal Blue Cast

Thursday, December 1 - Sunday, December 4

Monday, December 5
Cast Party at Jupiter's at the Crossing


May 5-6
The Sleeping Beauty at Virginia Theatre

We will be organizing a shoe bin of black leather ballet shoes in performance condition, and you just might find your size and save yourself a few dollars! More info to come.

BUN 101
Class for the parent responsible for styling the female cast member’s hair for performances. Class held in the commons area outside of the Costume Shop. Class is optional if you are a returning parent in the same role. Questions about Bun 101 Class may be directed to the parent liaisons.

Dutch Dairy: Saturday, October 1 at 12:15pm
Soldier: Saturday, October 1 at 2:30pm
Mice: Saturday, October 8 at 2:30pm 


Monday, December 5th; 6-8pm at Jupiter’s at the Crossing (upstairs). Cast members and siblings of cast members 5 and under are free. Pricing for family members TBA. Please RSVP to by Monday, November 28th.

Dutch Dairy, Mice, Soldiers and Party Boys must bring the following items to rehearsal on October 29: 1) make-up supplies in a clear plastic baggie labeled with dancer’s name; 2) all hair supplies in clear plastic baggie labeled with dancer’s name; 3) all additional costume components; i.e. leotard, bike shorts, ballet slippers, etc. Please refer to the Costume Requirements included in your Family Meeting packet for role-specific make-up, hair and costume components. Parent Liaisons will be inspecting each dancer’s costume components on October 29th per the schedule below.

Dutch Dairy: 11:15am in the studio lobby
Mice 2:30pm in the commons area outside of the costume shop
Soldiers 3:00pm in the commons area outside of the costume shop
Party Boys 3:45pm in the commons area outside of the costume shop

Mandatory full costume check for Dutch Dairy, Mice, and Soldiers, including hair and make-up on Sunday, November 13th. Tentative timeline 11:30am - 2:30pm

You may order a DVD or BluRay of The Nutcracker performance of your choice. All order forms and payment are due by Monday, November 28th. You may place your order form and check in the envelope located on the bulletin board in the studio. (DVD/Blu-Ray Order Form)

Krannert Orientation for all families EXCEPT Dutch Dairy begins at 5:30pm on Monday, November 28th. Following Roll Call and confirmation of Curtain Call participation, returning Nutcracker families will be released. Krannert Orientation is mandatory for all families new to The Nutcracker. You will learn where you can and can’t be at Krannert, where to park, and tours will be provided so that you are familiar with the locations of hall monitors, where to deliver fruit and ice, dressing rooms for cast members, travel routes and more.
Parents of Mice and Soldiers who are new to The Nutcracker are to meet in the Krannert Center Lobby at the entrance to Tyron Festival Theatre at 5:15pm. Please be prompt or you will miss the guided tour to the Opera Room. Returning families are to check-in at the Opera Room.

Dutch Dairy: Kiri Sowers; Kari Croop; and Porcha Lewin

Mice: Tiffany Davis; Wendy Yang; and April Yasunaga

Soldiers: Nanette Donohue; Jean Drasgow; and Hanna Rao

PARENT MEETING (Mandatory for families new to The Nutcracker)
If this is your family’s first experience with The Nutcracker, one parent is required to attend the meeting on October 22nd from 1:45 to 2:45pm at Countryside School gymnasium. Roll call will be taken promptly at 1:45pm. The Tech Schedule will be reviewed in detail.

Friday 12/2 and Saturday 12/3 at 7:30 pm; Sunday 12/4 at 6pm

Thursday 12/1 at 7:30pm; Saturday 12/3 and Sunday 12/4 at 2pm


Each cast member family is required to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours. Questions about the volunteer schedule should be directed to
Sign Up Link

Mandatory training for any females volunteering as a Wrangler will be held on Saturday, November 5th. This training will be role specific and will include make-up application. If you plan to wrangle more than one group (Dutch Dairy and mice, or mice and soldiers, etc), you will want to attend training for each of those specific roles as make-up/costumes are different. Training schedule coming soon!