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Fairy Tales in the Park, featuring CINDERELLA

Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre (HGCBT) is proud to partner with Essence Studios, Dance & Performing Arts, to present our 2024 Spring production of "Fairy Tales in the Park, featuring Cinderella." We are excited to extend the invitation to regional community members ages 12 and up to audition for a chance to perform in the show! There will be two performances at the Whalen Commons Bandshell in Poolesville, MD on Sunday, June 2nd at 12:30pm and 5pm!

Acting auditions will be for the Act II portion of the show, “Cinderella.”

Auditions for actors/movers will take place at Essence Studios, located in Poolesville, Maryland, on Saturday, March 9th from 12 noon to 1:00pm. Please arrive at 11:45 am for check in and instructions. Please register below to audition. There is no fee to audition.

Below you will find details regarding auditions, rehearsals and the performances. We hope to see you on the 9th!

Audition Registration

Thanks for registering to audition. See you there!

WHO: Community members must be at least 12 years of age on the day of Auditions. Dance experience is of benefit, but not required.
WHAT:  Mostly non-dancing and acting roles for the “Cinderella” portion of the show.
WHEN: Saturday, March 9th, 12 noon to 1:00pm, with check-in at 11:45am. Please be on time!
WHERE: Essence Studios, Dance & Performing Arts, 19710-E Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837
* Please register to audition with the form above by Friday, March 8th. There is no audition fee.

WHAT TO WEAR: Actors/movers should wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict their movement. The torso must be fully covered. Dance shoes if applicable, socks or bare feet. Hair must be pulled back and off the face.

Actors/Movers will be notified by email within a few days if they have been cast in the show.

Rehearsals will be at Essence Studios in Poolesville, MD, and will be held Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, beginning Saturday, March 16th. A detailed schedule per scene/dance will be provided upon casting, with designated times on Saturdays between 11:30 and 4pm, and Wednesdays between 6:30pm and 8pm. Actors/movers are allowed two (2) absences, excluding the mandatory rehearsals listed below. If an actor misses a third rehearsal or the mandatory dress-rehearsal, they will be withdrawn from the show. There will be no refund of the performance fee, as costumes and show shirts will have already been ordered.
Mandatory Dress rehearsal:
• Essence Studios: Friday, May 31st at 5pm


There will be two performances of the production on Sunday, June 2nd at 12:30pm and 5pm, at the Whalen Commons Bandshell in Poolesville, Maryland. Performances are Free and open to all members of the community. 


Each actor/mover and parent/guardian will be required to read and sign a performance contract. The contract will be provided to the actors upon auditioning. The contract must be signed and returned by the first rehearsal on Saturday, March 16th. The contract will provide more details on rehearsal and performance requirements. Review the contract here.

There is a performance fee of $125 per actor/mover. The performance fee is due by Saturday, March 16. Instructions will be provided for payment. This fee funds costumes, rehearsal space, photography and videography. All participants receive a show t-shirt and professionally produced DVD.

SSL HOURS: Performers & volunteers can receive SSL hours for rehearsal time and performances. Participants must request these hours before the performance. A signed form listing the hours will be provided.

HGCBT is a Montgomery County based 501(c)(3) promoting the performing arts, and is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Please see a current list of HGCBT's supporters.


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