Auditions set for children's parts in upcoming 'Nutcracker' performance

COVINGTON -- It may seem a little early, but sugarplums are already dancing in some folks' heads. The Arts Association in Newton County and the Covington Regional Ballet are already preparing for their annual Christmas presentation, "The Nutcracker."

Public auditions are being held on Saturday, Sept. 8, for several parts in the ballet which will be performed Dec. 7-9. Roles include Christmas tree dolls, gingerbread children and deer, according to Ashley Lazenby Swan, who along with her husband Peter Swan, is the ballet company's artistic director. She will dance the part of Sugarplum Fairy and Peter Swan will fill the part of Cavalier in this year's "Nutcracker" performance. Other dancers are members of the ballet company and Mainstream Dance.

Those interested in dancing in the production should go to the Mainstream Dance Children's Studio, off the Square between Amici's and Merle Norman Studios, on Sept. 8. Those 5-6 years old will be seen from noon until 12:30; and those ages 7 and up will be seen from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

All those auditioning should bring a full-body photograph. Girls should wear a ballet leotard, tights and ballet shoes with hair pulled back from the face, preferably in a bun. Boys should wear a t-shirt, gym shorts and socks.

There is a program fee of $125. Scholarships are available and are based on financial need.

For more information, call 770-786-8188.