New Haven Ballet Herald
Keeping Families Informed
September 24, 2013
The Nutcracker
Fantastic Auditions! 


Dear NHB Families and Students,


Many thanks to those of you who auditioned to be part of NHB's 2013 production of The Nutcracker. We feel incredibly excited about this year's Nutcracker production. With a professional live orchestra, new choreography and the talents contributed by NHB students, this promises to be an amazing year!


We are working to determine casting as quickly as possible. We hope to mail out a personal postcard to every student on Friday, September 27, 2013. We plan to post full casting at all of the studios and on the website on October 1, 2013.


A note about the casting process: We saw a record number of students audition for The Nutcracker this year - 202 in all! While we are thrilled to be able to showcase such a large cast, we ask that parents help students avoid getting too focused on one "dream" part. We take tremendous care to identify and consider how each student's various talents might best be showcased. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, the potential for disappointment exists. If this occurs, please help your children understand that each part is special and necessary to a great production. No matter what the part, each dancer can be excited about The Nutcracker; every student has the potential to shine no matter which part she or he receives. 



We also wish to thank all of the volunteers, staff, faculty, and others who graciously supervised and helped during the auditions. In particular, many thanks to the parent volunteers who helped make auditions go seamlessly: 

Jeannine Estrada
Denise Mancuso
Debra Tangarone
Anna Feliciano
Joanne Nault
Deana Vendetto
Geralyn KinneyJennifer Soja


Thanks to our student volunteers:

Teraesa Vitelli
ShaoXi Johnson


And, thanks to our faculty and staff:

Emily Adams
Lesley DelVecchio
Betsy McMillan
Ruth Barker
Nancy Kelly
Patrick John O'Neill
Katie Contessa
Hillary Kennedy
Jennifer Rockwell


Their hard work ensured auditions this year ran smoothly and successfully. Thank you!


Finally, please take a moment to savor the full Nutcracker experience as we prepare for the production. These are truly wonderful memories that all of us may cherish for a lifetime. We look forward to performing The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theater on December 13, 14, and 15, 2013!


Sincerely yours,


Lisa Sanborn


You can help New Haven Ballet win  $15,000

Did you know The Nutcracker budget for this year is $236,571?

Performance fees and ticket sales
only cover a fraction of the cost. 
The balance of funds must come
from grants, sponsorships, program
ad sales, and donations.

On October 2nd at 8:00 a.m. the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven will go live with a 36 hour online-a-thon to raise money for local charities.  If all of our families log on October 2nd and 3rd and donate $25 or more to NHB, we could win a $15,000 award! and select New Haven Ballet.

Tell your families and friends - every donor makes a tremendous difference!

This year we are establishing the New Haven Ballet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Richard Gard.  With the record number of students auditioning, we are also in great need of new and refurbished costumes.  And, of course, we need to pay for the Shubert Theater, stage crew, front of house crew, lighting and sound technicians, radio and print advertising, and the list goes on.

Your donation could be the one that puts NHB over the top!  

Can't go online to help?  Get a form at any of our five studios and we'll do it for you!  Thank you!!