The Phoenix Ballet and the Sedona Chamber Ballet will conduct auditions for the 2017 production of the Nutcracker ballet on Sunday, Aug. 13. Dancers are invited to audition for the holiday classic ballet that will be performed Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. The auditions will be held at a location to be announced on the group’s website by Friday, Aug. 4.

Approximately 30 dancers from ages 6 to the professional levels are sought. There are roles for all levels of training and ability, including numerous roles for boys such as party guests and rats.

Additionally, gymnasts are needed. Also needed are pointe dancers to audition for a demi-solo opportunity and other corp pointe roles based on ability. Adult dancers and dancers accepted in demi-solo roles will have additional rehearsals in Scottsdale in October and November.

Other than the adult and demi-solo roles, all other dancers will rehearse in Sedona on Sunday afternoons, as well as in Scottsdale with the professionals in late November.

This collaborative venture will again create a Nutcracker production with professional sets, costumes and, most importantly, internationally acclaimed dancers from the Phoenix Ballet in principal roles.

Artistic direction of this year’s production of the Nutcracker will once again be by dancer, choreographer and instructor Slawomir Wozniak, the artistic director of the Phoenix Ballet and owner of the Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale.

Choreography for this production will be set in Sedona by ballet mistress Rachel Cahayla Wynne, a former artist with the Louisville Ballet Company with assistance from Kara Hanretty, former artist with Ballet Arizona, and Patricia Quillian of Danse Sedona.

Audition times are Sunday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. for adults; 3 to 3:30 p.m. for dancers ages 6 to 9 years old; 3:30 to 4 p.m. for dancers ages 9 to 12; and 4 to 4:30 p.m. for 12-year-olds, teens and all pointe dancers. Pointe dancers are required to stay from 4:30 to 5 p.m. for an additional audition.

Audition participants are to report half an hour prior to audition time for costume fitting and registration. There will be a parent meeting during the audition. The audition fee is $15 per dancer.

To register online for the audition or for more information, visit; call 554-4059; or email