Nutcracker Info

Student Info 2023 (applies to Grade 1 and up):


See links to detailed rehearsal and performance schedule above.

Rehearsals in Dublin Studio

  • Act 1 Party Scene Rehearsal (4:00-7:00 pm at Dublin Studio)
    • Fri, 11/10 AND
    • Fri, 11/17
  • Act 1 Battle Scene Rehearsal: (7:00 – 9:00 PM at Dublin Studio)
    • Fri, 11/10 AND
    • Fri, 11/17
  • Act 1 & 2 Full Cast Rehearsal (Dublin Studio):
    • Sat, 11/18 AND
    • Sat, 12/9

Tech and Dress Rehearsals at Temple Hill in Oakland

    • Act 1: Wed, Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm; on stage
    • Act 2: Thurs, Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm; on stage

Performances at Temple Hill in Oakland; Act 1 & 2 (Full Show):

    • Fri, Dec 15th @ 7:00 pm AND
    • Sat, Dec 16th @ 2:00 pm

See below for all details:

Student Production Checklist
Dress/Tech Rehearsals AND actual Performance location (sorry NO parents allowed in): Temple Hill Auditorium in OAKLAND (4780 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland)

  • Drop off and pick up your child at the required times (see attached schedule).
  • Bring WATER only to drink during rehearsals and performances. Bring NON-STAINING SNACKS only for performers to not stain costumes.
  • Wear NUDE LEOTARDS to rehearsals & performances (that fit and match the skin tone).
  • Bring the required dance SHOES and TIGHTS. Write names on the inside of the shoes.
  • Girls arrive with HAIR in a neat bun and MAKE-UP already done. Party Scene Children only: (Party Scene Girls, please bring flat canvas shoes, and wear a high bun). (Party Scene Boys, please bring flat canvas shoes, and wear a low bun).
Performer Drop Off & Parking
  • Parking is free at the Auditorium (4780 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland) and across the street in the Temple Overflow Parking Lot.
  • Drop off your child on the LEFT SIDE of the Auditorium at ENTRANCE 1 on the map for PERFORMERS & VOLUNTEERS for rehearsals and performances. (This is for security reasons to limit entrances into the backstage area of the auditorium. Sorry, NO parents are allowed in the rehearsals at Oakland).
  • Parents are welcome to wait in the Visitor’s Center Building until the estimated time to pick up your child.
  • See map of Temple Hill Auditorium here
  • Covid Protocols
  • Performers may wear masks backstage and in dressing rooms (recommended, but not required).
  • Performers with a mask must have a Ziplock bag with their NAME on it to store their mask when performing.
  • Performers will remove masks when on stage.
  • Audience Member COVID protocol at Temple Hill: Those who are not vaccinated must wear a mask. Those who are fully vaccinated will not be required to wear masks, but it is still strongly recommended.
  • Make Up
    Please refer to the Makeup and Hair flyer linked at the bottom of this page for how to do your child’s make-up.
    Nutcracker Video
  • This year we are providing parents with flash drives containing a video of the performance, at no additional cost. This content is copyrighted by Rachel’s Ballet and cannot be reproduced or used in any way. No DVDs will be available for purchase.
    DRESS REHEARSALS (WED ACT 1 & THURS ACT 2): 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Temple Hill in Oakland (4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA 94602)

    Tentative Schedule (TBD)

    Act 1 Scenes (Wed): Party Scene, Battle Scene, and Snow Scene

    Act 2 Scenes (Thurs): Palace Garden Scene and Prince’s Palace Scene; Finale

    WED, Dec. 13: (Oakland) ACT 1 – Tech/Dress Rehearsal at Temple Hill

    • 4:00-4:15 PM Arrive and check in (with HAIR & MAKE-UP done).
    • 4:20-4:50 PM Warm up
    • 5:00 PM-9:00 PM  ACT 1 Run Through with Costumes (Cast A & B)

    THU, Dec. 14: (Oakland) ACT 2 – Tech/Dress Rehearsal at Temple Hill 

    • 4:00-4:15 PM Arrive and check in (with HAIR & MAKE-UP done).
    • 4:20-5:00 PM Warm up
    • 5:00- 9:00 PM ACT 2 Run Through with Costumes  (Cast A & B)
      • Note: we will run Finale first, then run through Act. 2 in order

    TWO PERFORMANCES (FRI & SAT) @ Temple Hill in Oakland (4780 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA 94602) ***All students perform BOTH Friday AND Saturday!***

    FRI, Dec 15: (Oakland) Opening Night Performance – 7:00 PM at Temple Hill

    • 4:00-4:15 pm Students & Performers ARRIVE, check in (with HAIR & MAKE-UP done)
    • 4:20-5:00 pm Staging / blocking / touch up make up
    • 5:00-6:00 pm Warm up
    • 6:00-6:30 pm Costume
    • 7:00pm Performance begins

    SAT, Dec 16: (Oakland) Closing Performance @ 2:00 PM  at Temple Hill

    • 12:00-12:15 pm Students & Performers ARRIVE and check in (with HAIR & MAKE-UP done)
    • 12:20-1:00pm Warm up
    • 1:00-1:30pm Costumes
    • 2:00pm Performance begins 

    YouTube videos for buns (not from our studio, but Rachel’s Ballet likes this style):