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The children who are appearing in this season’s performances of The Nutcracker have already been in rehearsals for some months now, despite the Company having only returned from the Autumn tour last week. Here you can read guest posts from Hannah and Matthew, both students at Elmhurst School for Dance:

‘The rehearsals are really good fun and I think they are going very well. I love the blue dress with the ribbons on that I will be wearing. I am so excited and I am really really looking forward to all the performances! This is an amazing, fantastic and lovely experience and I am so lucky that Birmingham Royal Ballet chose me!’

‘The anticipation of starting rehearsals with the Company and performing with them at the O2 and Birmingham Hippodrome for the second time was amazing. When I found out I was to perform in The Nutcracker my excitement was unimaginable.

‘About two weeks later we had casting auditions. I was chosen to be one of the children, there is quite a lot of dancing and acting for the part and in rehearsals you have to concentrate really hard.

‘The next time we went for rehearsals we tried on our costumes. Mine is surprisingly heavy and hot, it is a cream and blue lace shirt with light beige three-quarter-length trousers and a thick jacket to match the trousers.

‘The next rehearsal we added a lot more to what we had already done and it was in this rehearsal you realised what The Nutcracker is about. If you don’t know, The Nutcracker is a very magical ballet such as dolls, soldiers, jack-in-the-boxes and lots of other magic tricks and toys. So far the rehearsals are going really well and are really enjoyable.’


Francesca and Sophia are two of the children who has been selected to dance alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of the Company’s 2011 performances of The Nutcracker. While the rest of the Company are still away on the autumn tour, the children, students from Elmhurst School for Dance, have already begun rehearsals. Here you can read guest posts which they have written especially for us:

‘I felt really happy when I was picked to perform Nutcracker with BRB. Three years ago some of my friends got picked to do Sylvia, but I wasn’t concerned then, as I didn’t really know what it was all about. This year however, I desperately wanted to be chosen, because just imagining, me, an ordinary child performing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet was too overwhelming for words. Obviously I was over the moon when I was selected.

‘We’ve had 3 rehearsals so far, and I’m really enjoying them. Can’t wait for next Saturday for the next one.

I’ve never had an opportunity like this before, so I’m determined to make the most of this one!

‘When I found out that I got in to Nutcracker I was so excited about starting rehearsals and performing at the Hippodrome and the O2 arena! I am really enjoying rehearsals at the moment, and the costume fitting was really exciting. My costume is really pretty but it has loads of layers. Also in the costume fitting we had our feet drawn round which tickled … A LOT! I can’t wait till the dress rehearsals and I am really looking forward to going on tour!’

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