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Wanted: one Drosselmeyer


You can’t have “The Nutcracker” without Drosselmeyer, the godfather/clockmaker/magician whose “magic box” transforms the Nutcracker doll into a dancing human. (At least that’s the way the story goes in the Central California Ballet version.)

For years, Drosselmeyer has been played by veteran performer Hal Bolen. But Bolen has decided to retire as Drosselmeyer in this year’s ballet, which will be performed Dec. 14 and 15 at the Saroyan.

That leaves artistic director Diane Mosier on the hunt for a new Drosselmeyer. She describes it as a “pivotal character part that requires some musicality and maturity.” ┬áThink you have what it takes? Auditions for the character will be held 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fresno State music building, Room 165. (Auditions for dancers start at 11 a.m.) Details: (559) 246-2953.

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