Nutcracker Cast Family Info


September 13 Nutcracker Cast Family Meeting 5:30-6:30pm

September 14 First Nutcracker Rehearsal

Nutcracker Volunteer Schedule becomes available for sign-up

October 5

Bun 101 for Dutch Dairy (12:15) + Soldiers (2:30pm)

October 5
Nutfest” Annual Nutcracker Party at CU Ballet for all Nutcracker cast members, families, crew and volunteers!

October 12
Bun 101 for Mice (2:30pm)

November 2
Costume Component + Hair/Make-up  check for Dutch Dairy (11:15am), Mice (2:15) + Soldiers (2:15)

November 2
Second Family Meeting – Mandatory for New Nutcracker Families
2:45-3:45pm at Countryside School Gymnasium

November 9
Training for parents volunteering as a Wrangler

November 17
Mandatory Full Costume Check: Dutch Dairy + Mice + Soldiers
Tentative Time Line: 11:30am – 2:30pm

November 22
Load In at Krannert

November 28-30 
Thanksgiving Break – Enjoy!

December 1
Rehearsal at ballet studio for all dancers EXCEPT Dutch Dairy, Mice or Soldiers

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 5th at 12:15pm
Soldier: Saturday, October 5th at 2:30pm
Mice: Saturday, October 12th at 2:30pm 


Monday, December 9th; 6-8pm at Jupiter’s at the Crossing (upstairs). Cast members are free. Family members of cast members are invited/$16 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Please RSVP to by Monday, December 2nd.

Dutch Dairy, Mice, Soldiers and Party Boys must bring the following items to rehearsal on November 2nd: 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 November 2nd per the schedule below.

Dutch Dairy: 11:15am in the studio lobby

Mice & Soldiers New to the Cast: 2:15pm in the commons area outside of the costume shop. Please arrive promptly at 2:15pm so that you allow yourself enough time for the costume check and travel time to Countryside School for the Family Meeting at 2:45pm.

Mice & Soldiers Returning to the Cast: 2:30pm in the commons area outside of the costume shop. Please do not arrive earlier than 2:30pm so that we may take care of all new families first allowing them time to travel to the Parent Meeting.

Mandatory full costume check for Dutch Dairy, Mice, and Soldiers, including hair and make-up on Sunday, November 17th. 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 Wednesday, December 4th. 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 Monday, December 2nd. 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 Monday, December 2nd in the Krannert Center Lobby at the entrance to Tryon Festival Theatre. Attendance is mandatory. Please refer to the Tech Schedule for details.

Party Boys:  Tonya Hansen
Dutch Dairy: Elizabeth Ridlon AND Kiri Sowers
Mice: Qiaozi Mahaffey AND Gina Modica
Soldiers:  Isak Griffiths
Soldiers and Dragon Legs:  Arika Murray

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 November 2nd from 2:45 to 3:45pm at Countryside School. Roll call will be taken promptly at 2:45pm. The Tech Schedule will be reviewed in detail.

Friday 12/6 and Saturday 12/7 at 7:30 pm; Sunday 12/8 at 6pm

Thursday 12/5 at 7:30pm; Saturday 12/7 and Sunday 12/8 at 2pm

Terms and Conditions 2021 Company; Terms and Conditions 2021 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 9th. 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.