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2024-25 Season Artist Audition Information 

Deadline to apply: July 19, 2024


General Information - Looking for artists,​

  • Who are U.S. citizens or have a U.S. work permit already in hand.

  • Who have dance and/or circus performing artists with high level skills in more than 1 discipline.  

  • Who understand the difference between concert and commercial dance and circus work.  This is concert style show and pay.  

  • Who has experience performing in large productions and ideally touring.  OR has a strong desire to work in this quick pace atmosphere.

  • Who understand working in a team to make the entire cast, show and organization shine.  This can look like helping with a rigging change and minor set changes (i.e. moving a chair offstage) as well as having a positive and adaptable disposition.

Clara's Trip: A Cirque & Dance Nutcracker Story ​

  • Rehearsals for Local Performers: Start Tuesday, October 22 (schedule will be determined after casting and based on performers' availability)

  • Out-of-Town Performer Rehearsals: Sunday, December 8 - Wednesday, December 18

    • There will be 2 days off during this timeframe and the exact schedule is determined by the performers' prep work and performance during the first 2 days.

  • In-Person Full Cast Rehearsals: Sunday, December 8 - Wednesday, December 18

  • Theater Rehearsal and Performance Dates

    • December 19 - 22: Raleigh (6 shows)

    • December 26 - 30: Charlotte (7 shows)

  • Looking for dancers with strong contemporary and jazz dance with partnering skills.

  • Looking for circus artists in the following disciplines with the ability to learn dance partnering and basic dance choreography quickly and retain choreography.   Circus Arts disciplines in the show are Aerial silks, Cyr Wheel, Partner Acrobatics/Hand to Hand, Lyra and Bungee.

  • Caroline Calouche's contemporary dance and circus interpretation of the classical ballet.  Please watch the 2022 show at this link prior to completing the audition form.

  • All lead roles perform in Act 1's party scene and snow.  Lead artists also perform in Act 2's divertissement (again, watch the video please)

  • Must be comfortable performing and working alongside approximately 16 youth. 

  • Expectations

    • Independent Rehearsal:  Work on your featured dances and send video to the Artistic Director and Rehearsal Director for feedback.  Locals can use our studio space for free during available times.

    • Artists must also prepare themselves for the ensemble dances by learning choreography from the video. 

    • The Artistic Director will ask for a progress report before Thanksgiving.  

Note on Choreography and Skills in the Show:  While Clara's Trip is primarily set, Caroline Calouche is open to other circus disciplines and dance skills being added based on the artists' strengths.  So if you do not see your skill set in the video and you think it can work, please audition!

Performance Pay

  • $2,500+ pending the role (3-4 weeks of work)

  • Out-of-town guests will receive a travel stipend that will cover their travel to from and during the contract as well as accommodations. 

  • While on tour accommodations and travel will be organized and paid for by the Company.


  • Contract Dates

    • Casting Creative Meeting: November TBD (virtual)

    • Local Rehearsals: Monday, January 7

    • Out-of-Town Performer Rehearsals: Monday, February 3 (adjustable pending act casting)

    • In-Person Full Cast Rehearsals: Friday, February 7

    • Theater Rehearsal and Performance Dates: February 13 - March 9, 2025 (shows are currently Thursdays - Saturdays with approximately 12 shows)  The exact schedule is still in the works.

  • Rouge is a cabaret show that includes a variety of acts from that are sensual, funny and insightful.  Tag line: Expect the unexpected.  Details Here

  • Artists will perform in 3-4 acts.  So looking for artists with at least 2 strong disciplines in dance and/or circus arts.
  • Artists will collaborate with Caroline Calouche to create the acts.​

  • Small cast of 6 - 7 artists
  • Looking for collaborators.  Tricks are cool, but you must be able to connect with the audience.  
  • All artists need to have some dance background.
  • Looking for artists who like to shine as soloists or in duets but who understands how to work in an ensemble.
  • Expectations
    • Independent Rehearsal: Work on your featured dances and send video to the Artistic Director and Rehearsal Director for feedback.
    • Artists have to familiarize themselves with any video choreography and expectations prior to first in-person rehearsal.  They are expected to prepare their bodies appropriately for the show prior to the first in-person rehearsal.

Performance Pay

  • $3,500 - $4,500 (based on 4 - 5 weeks of work and number of shows) 

  • Out-of-town guests will receive a travel stipend and accommodations. 

After you submit your Audition Application, you may be contacted for an interview or to submit more information/videos.   

Questions: Contact Caroline Calouche and 

General Manager

Start Date: August 1, 2024

End Date: March 15, 2025

The General Manager will manage the business side of ‘Clara’s Trip’ and ‘Rouge’ and work alongside the Artistic Director.

Click Here Details and How to Apply 

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