Open auditions for performances of "The Nutcracker"- to be performed by the North Carolina Dance Theater on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - will be held Sept. 23 in Krannert Center's Opera Rehearsal Room (level 2). Parts are available for male dancers ages 7 through 14 and for female dancers ages 7 and older. Auditions for 7- to 10-year-olds are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon; for 11- to 14-year-olds, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and for women 15 and older, from 4 to 5 p.m. Students auditioning for "The Nutcracker" should arrive 45 minutes before the scheduled audition time to fill out forms and have measurements taken. Callbacks will be announced at the end of the audition period and are scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Staging with Jerri Kumery will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23. Additional rehearsals will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 3:30 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 25 and from 4 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 26. Complete rehearsal schedules will be distributed at the first rehearsal. Tickets for the performances are available from the Krannert Center ticket office at 333-6280. Cast members will not receive complimentary tickets. Further information about auditions is available from Sam Reynolds at 333-7489. There is no need to call for specific audition times.