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Auditions to Be Held October 7 for Inner City Nutcracker.

BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ --

Hundreds of kids will vie for the chance to perform in a condensed version of the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker" when they participate on Saturday, October 7, in free and open auditions.

Auditions will be held at 2 p.m. at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center at 950 East Washington Street (phone: (225) 389-4860).

The Inner City Nutcracker, presented by the Mid City Dance Project, Inc., will give inner city and other underserved youths, as well as special needs youths, what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on stage. First presented in 1994 by Renee Chatelain and Cecile LeMoine Bankston, this annual project is a condensed version of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." Adults and children involved in the project participate at no cost, and performances are free and open to the public.

This year's Inner City Nutcracker will be presented on December 2 and 3, 2000. Donations of a can of food for the Baton Rouge Food Bank are asked in lieu of an admission fee.

The purpose of the project is to provide arts awareness to inner city youth. Many of the children and adults in this production have had no previous dance experience, but share this event with more experienced dancers in the Baton Rouge Area who volunteer to participate in the production.

Mid City Dance Project, Inc., is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a performance opportunity through dance and theatrical productions for inner city youth in the Baton Rouge area. Mid City Dance Project, co- directed by Renee Chatelain and Cecile LeMoine Bankston, has also performed an original production of Peter Pan and has provided summer dance workshops for children at the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center.

Renee Chatelain is a teacher at Episcopal High School, is a practicing attorney, and is co-director of the LeMoine Chatelain Dance Center in Baton Rouge. Her co-director is Cecile LeMoine Bankston, a Baton Rouge native who is also a Pilates instructor at the Balanced Body.

Contact: Laura Keller of Mid City Dance Project, Inc., 225-231-1244.
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