Congratulations! You have been selected to learn a part or parts in 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 October 3, 2021 or on or before your first scheduled rehearsal, whichever comes first.
Health and Safety Protocols
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will follow the protocol that is currently in place at the Academy of Dance Arts and require masks of all dancers, staff, CODA board members, and parents when dropping off or picking up dancers. We have hand sanitizer in all rooms and sanitary wipes. During theater dress rehearsals and performances, we will follow the protocol established by the theater.
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 A will perform on both shows on Saturday, Dec 11 and Cast B will perform in the Friday, December 10th show at 7 PM and Sunday, December 12th at 1 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.
Dancers should bring their own food/water (no glass bottles) from home and are responsible for their own cleanup. Due to the ongoing pandemic and safety and health protocols, we will NOT be offering a Snack Shack this production. 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 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). If you suspect that your child may have contracted COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone with the virus, please notify us immediately. 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 are on sale to the general public through the Count Basie Center for the Arts box office. Tickets will be put aside by CODA for dancers’ families and friends and these go on sale by late October/early November. That date will be posted and you are encouraged to plan ahead and be prepared with your ticket order at that time, as these tickets sell quickly. In order to be fair to all, please do not ask to or insist on buying tickets before that time in order to get the best seats. Tickets will not be exchanged! CODA Box Office procedures and order forms will be available on the website and in the CODA office. Cash, checks, and major credit cards are accepted.
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.
The cost for mounting this production is approximately $100,000. In order to cover our expenses, we hope that each family can help by encouraging friends and family to purchase tickets, selling Ad Journal ads, and by participating in Company fundraisers. Please buy your tickets for immediate family through CODA- cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. Other friends and extended family can purchase from the box office at the Count Basie Center.
Consider this information carefully and let us know as soon as audition results for your age group are posted if you do not plan to participate. We are telling you the expectations up front so there will be no misunderstandings.
We look forward to your participation in The Nutcracker!
Confirm Your Status
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