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Casting Acceptance

Congratulations! You have been selected to learn a part or parts in our 2023 production of THE NUTCRACKER! 

Complete Production Forms and Make Production Fee Payment 

Please PRINT THIS PAGE for reference and complete the required Product Form and Product Fee Payment (see options below) by Thursday, September 21, 2023.

  1. Complete Production Forms Online by clicking the ACCEPT button below.
    1. We ask that you complete the acceptance process and answer the production forms questions online.  At the end you can pay with a credit card OR If you prefer to provide a check or cash which must be brought to the CODA office no later than Sunday, September 24.
  2. Payment information (see above).  In addition to the production fee, please bring checks for volunteer and cleaning duties (they will be returned once you complete your hours) to the CODA office no later than Sunday, September 24.  If you choose the buyout option, you can either pay up front with a credit card or indicate on the check memo accordingly.

Health and Safety Protocols

Regarding face masks, we will follow the protocol that is currently in place at the Academy of Dance Arts.  Currently, there is no requirement to wear masks but any cast member can do so if they so desire.  We will continue to try to limit people in the office when dropping off or picking up dancers.  We have hand sanitizer in the CODA office and there is a dispenser in each of the rooms.  During theater dress rehearsals and performances, we will follow the protocol established by the theater.  Currently there are no requirements to wear masks.



The Rehearsal Schedule will be posted as well on a weekly basis on our COMPANY MEMBER PORTAL >. Please know your rehearsal schedule so it will not be necessary to call the CODA office for this information.  SCHEDULE FOR THE FIRST WEEKEND WILL BE SENT VIA EMAIL.

* Please review frequently for updates. We are putting together a master schedule for the entire run, but please note that it is often adjusted each week if necessary so you must check frequently for updates. 


Some understudies will actually perform the role this year; some won’t. At the very least, the dancer has the opportunity to be part of that rehearsal and practice the role. As choreography becomes more difficult, dancers often begin as an understudy, especially at the junior corps and corps de ballet levels. Dancers and parents who see this opportunity in the positive way in which it is offered will make progress, even if it is only to prepare the dancer to continue and strive for a goal the following year.


For this production, there will be two casts – Cast B performs on Friday and Sunday (Dec 8 @ 7 PM and Dec 10 @ 1 PM) and Cast A performs in both shows on Saturday (Dec 9 @ 1 PM and 5 PM).  


The Company of Dance Arts is a nonprofit corporation run by volunteers and help is always needed. All parents are expected to donate 20 hours of volunteer time (or buy out). Please be sure to sign up via the online signup that will be emailed to you. 

Permission to leave the premises

Minors are NOT permitted to leave the premises of the Company of Dance Arts during breaks without written permission from a parent or guardian. Minors may not leave the theater without a parent or guardian. Please discuss this with your child prior to rehearsals and performances. Written permission signed by parents can be dropped off at the CODA office.


Parents/guardians of minors are responsible for their child’s transportation.

Personal Items

Dancers should NOT bring valuable or irreplaceable personal items to rehearsal.  Please make sure that dance bags, shoes, clothing are marked with your child’s name.


Dancers should bring their own food/water (no glass bottles) from home and are responsible for their own cleanup. We WILL be offering a Snack Shack this production to begin mid to late October.  If your child forgets to bring a water from home, we will have bottled water in the CODA office.  Only water in plastic or metal bottles may be taken into the studio or warm-up area.  Thank you for your cooperation!


While engaged in rehearsals or performances, any illness or injury should be reported immediately to the Artistic Staff and a CODA trustee.  Please do not send your child to rehearsals if they are ill and notify the office immediately (732-842-4015 or 732-740-3092 Mrs. Brennan).  We thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping our company members as safe as possible.


All parents will be scheduled on a rotating basis to help with at least one cleanup after rehearsals on Sundays.   


Tickets for Cast member families will be handled by CODA.  Tickets for the general public will be handled by the Box Office of the Count Basie Center for the Arts.  You will be notified via email with instructions once the tickets are available for purchase.


Being a Company dancer requires a serious commitment from you. Participating in this production can be great fun but it is hard work, both in the studio and every week at home practicing in preparation for the next rehearsal. You will be expected to know everything that was covered in previous rehearsals. Time is very valuable and the Artistic Staff cannot waste new rehearsal time re-teaching choreography. You must know your part, and know it well. If you miss a rehearsal due to legitimate illness or for another excused absence, it is your responsibility to find out what was missed before the next rehearsal. If you do not know your choreography, do not apply corrections, miss rehearsals without notifying us, or simply miss an unreasonable number of rehearsals, an understudy will replace you. Remember, your invitation to learn a role was based, in part, on your solid commitment to be present at rehearsals. Parents can help by enabling their dancer to meet these expectations.

We look forward to your participation in The Nutcracker !

Confirm Your Status

Click to confirm  the acceptance of your casting offer on behalf of your dancer. You will then provide additional information regarding your child and have the opportunity to pay all production fees online:

If you do not wish to accept this casting offer, click below and provide your information and that of your child: