Nutcracker Cast Family Info


September 17 Nutcracker Cast Family Meeting 5:30-6:30pm

September 18 First Nutcracker Rehearsal

Nutcracker Volunteer Schedule becomes available for sign-up

October 2

Bun 101 for Dutch Dairy (12:15) + Soldiers (2:45pm)

October 9
Tickets for Families Parking Lot Fundraiser (Volunteers needed)

Bun 101 for Mice (2:30pm)

October 22
Tech Schedule Distributed

October 23
Second Family Meeting - Mandatory for New Nutcracker Families
2:45-3:45pm at CU Ballet/Props Area

October 30
Costume Component + Hair/Make-up  check for Dutch Dairy (11:15am), Mice (2:30pm) + Soldiers (3:00pm)
Party Boys Costume Component + Hair/Make-up check will be included in the above time slots for their additional roles

November 6
Training for parents volunteering as a Wrangler

November 14
Mandatory Full Costume Check: Dutch Dairy + Mice + Soldiers
Tentative Time Line: 11:30am – 2:30pm

November 20
Load In at Krannert (Volunteers needed)

November 25-27 
Thanksgiving Break – Enjoy!


November 29
Rehearsal at ballet studio for all dancers EXCEPT Dutch Dairy, Mice, Soldiers, or Dragon Legs

All DVD Forms Due

November 30
Mandatory Krannert Orientation; Spacing Rehearsal

December 1
Dress Rehearsal/Blue Cast

December 2
Dress Rehearsal/Red Cast

December 3-5
Nutcracker Performances

December 5
Nutcracker Load-Out from Krannert to CU Ballet

December 6
Cast Party at Jupiter's

May 6-7
CU Ballet's spring production at the Virginia Theatre
(tickets available at

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 2nd at 12:15pm
Soldier: Saturday, October 2nd at 2:45pm
Mice: Saturday, October 9th at 2:30pm 


Monday, December 6th; 6-8pm at Jupiter’s at the Crossing (upstairs). Cast members are invited. Cast members and siblings of cast members 5 and under are free.  Pricing for family members TBA. Please RSVP to by Monday, November 29th.

Dutch Dairy, Mice, Soldiers and Party Boys must bring the following items to rehearsal on October 30: 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 30th 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.

Mandatory full costume check for Dutch Dairy, Mice, and Soldiers, including hair and make-up on Sunday, November 14th. 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 29th. You may place your order form and check in the envelope located on the bulletin board in the studio.

Krannert Orientation for all families EXCEPT Dutch Dairy begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, November 30th. 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.

Parents and Dutch Dairy are to meet at 4pm on Tuesday, November 30th in the Krannert Center Lobby at the entrance to Tryon Festival Theatre. Attendance is mandatory. Please refer to the Tech Schedule for details.

Dutch Dairy: Kari Croop, Porcha Lewin AND Kiri Sowers
Mice: Qiaozi Mahaffey AND Gina Modica AND April Yasunaga
Soldiers:  Jean Drasgow, Isak Griffiths, 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 23rd from 2:45 to 3:45pm at CU Ballet/Props Area. Roll call will be taken promptly at 2:45pm. The Tech Schedule will be reviewed in detail.

Friday 12/3 and Saturday 12/4 at 7:30 pm; Sunday 12/5 at 6pm

Saturday 12/4 at 2pm; Sunday 12/5 at 2pm

Terms and Conditions 2022 Company; Terms and Conditions 2022 Non-Company

Do you have a Schnucks card? If so, you could support CU Ballet, and we would be most grateful. The Schnuck’s eScrip Customer Care card automatically contributes funds to Champaign Urbana Ballet every time you present the card at Schnuck’s checkout. If you have a Schnuck’s card, visit and click on “sign up”. Enter the 12-digit number on the back of your Schnuck’s card, and designate “Champaign Urbana Ballet” as a charity of choice. You can assign more than one charity to your card. eScrip Registration

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 coming soon.

Mandatory training for any females volunteering as a Wrangler will be held on Saturday, November 6th. 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.