NYC Ballet to Hold Youth Auditions for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at SPAC
SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 pm, the New York City Ballet will audition area children to perform in the company’s full-length production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during its summer residency at SPAC from July 12th – 16th.
Casting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes roles for 24 girls from 9-12 years old who are no taller than five feet. Understudies will also be cast. Applicants should have at least three years of ballet training.
The children who are selected will rehearse every day from July 3rd – 15th at the SPAC School of the Arts studios located behind the National Museum of Dance. There will be no rehearsals on July 9th. Performances will be held at 7:30 pm on July 15th and at 2 pm on July 16th.
New York City Ballet requires that all children auditioning for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at SPAC be fully vaccinated by the date of the audition. In order to be fully vaccinated, the child must have received their final shot no later than Sunday, Feb 27th (two weeks prior to the audition date).
Balanchine’s full-length story ballet is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of his happiest and most loved comedies. It is called a “Dream” because of the unrealistic events the characters experience in the play — real, yet unreal, such as crossed lovers, meaningless quarrels, forest chases leading to more confusion, and magic spells woven by the infamous Puck.