Inland Dance Theatre’s Nutcracker


The Nutcracker 2016-Inland Dance Theatre

Audition 2016 Information!

Beginning to Pre-Pointe Students Intermediate/Advanced Students

This year Inland Dance Academy has been asked to host auditions for IDT’s Nutcracker. The auditions are open to ALL STUDIOS and ALL CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS! You do not need to be enrolled at IDA. You must maintain your training with your home studio.

The auditions will be over two days. Friday, September 9 is reserved for intermediate/advanced students. Girls, please bring your pointe shoes! Saturday, September 10 is reserved for beginning to pre-pointe students. At this time, we don’t have specific times for Saturday. Please continue to check the even page on Facebook for more information. In the next couple of weeks, auditions forms will be posted.

The Mouse King and Nutcracker face off in fierce battle.

The Mouse King and Nutcracker face off in fierce battle.

History of San Bernardino’s — The Nutcracker

The first Nutcracker to be performed at the historical California Theatre was danced in 1976 in San Bernardino. Shortly after, the dance company was created to continue the annual holiday tradition for the San Bernadino area and surrounding communities.

Inland Ballet Theatre Company was formed in 1978 and begin an annual tradition in the Inland Empire. Students from various ballet studios audition in early September to join in the company’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. These young dancers have the opportunity to join a professional cast and experience the stage life. December 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the timeless holiday tradition for the Inland Empire.

Diane Amendt, Artistic Director of IDT, selects each cast member along with Evette DeMarco Swinson, Choreographer and Rehearsal Director. Students receive their parts the following week and begin rehearsals at Inland Dance Academy shortly after. The students are chosen from several studios in the area including from Inland Dance Academy, School of International Ballet in Redlands, and Inspire of Corona.

California Theatre of Performing Arts

The California Theatre of Performing Arts was originally opened on August 15, 1928 as a movie theater to a sold out crowd to “Street Angel” staring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell who were both in attendance. During the ’30’s, Hollywood directors used the California Theatre as a testing venue for movies like King Kong and The Wizard of Oz. As times changed from single screen theaters to multiplexes, so did the California Theatre.

In 1969, it showed its last movies and changed to The California Theatre of Performing Arts. Many famous performers have been on the stage here like Will Rogers, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Rock Hudson, and the Blue Man Group. Will Rogers performed his last performance here in 1935 shortly before his death. Today, The San Bernardino Symphony still performs its five concert series as while as Inland Dance Theatre Company performing The Nutcracker each holiday season.

Another notable feature of this historical venue is the Wulitizer 216 pipe organ. It was partially restored in 2006, and the pipes are hidden throughout the theater. See if you can figure out where they are hidden during your next visit here.

The California Theatre of Performing Arts received national historic status in 2010.  This venue has brought San Bernadino and surrounding areas great programs for nearly 100 years and will continue to thrive for many more generations.

A holiday tradition-The Nutcracker in San Bernardino

Each year, Inland Dance Theater Company opens auditions to young dancers throughout the Inland Empire. Those auditions are held in September with much anticipation and excitement. Many of these young dancers will be auditioning for the first time or returning from previous years. These young dancers also find the San Bernardino  Nutcracker an exciting time and a chance to make new dance friends with others from around the IE. In preparation for audition week, studios will prepare their students and perfect their technique so they can have best chance in obtaining the parts they desire. Inland Dance Academy is privileged to host the Inland Dance Theatre Company and other studios during rehearsal weeks leading up to the opening week in December.

During the first week of December, the company performs this classic ballet to school groups attending on Thursday and Friday mornings as well as public performances on beginning on Friday night. The final production on Sunday wraps up Nutcracker 2015 week and ends a wonderful experience for these young dancers, pre-professionals, and professional dancers. The experience these dancers gain by performing in IDT’s The Nutcracker in San Bernardino will prepare them for professional dance, and many dancers have used this experience to help them in their careers.

Guest artists have been part of Inland Dance Theatre’s production throughout the years. This year is no different. Guest artists from the San Diego Ballet will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Cavalier and Sugar Plum Fairy. They are husband and wife Russian born dancers Maxim and Ekaterina Tchernychev. The 80-member Inland Dance Theatre cast of all ages is made up of amateur and professional dancers and actors from throughout Southern California

December 2015 marks Inland Dance Theatre’s 40th production of this timeless holiday classic. Come celebrate the season and share the love of ballet with your family. You can purchase tickets through ticketmaster© or directly at The California Theatre for Performing Arts.