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Nashville’s Nutcracker Returns To TPAC through December 24        

by Cass Teague
Enjoy Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC through December 24. (Photo Credit: Karyn Photography)

Nashville Ballet, the largest ballet company in Tennessee, returns its beloved holiday production, Nashville’s Nutcracker, to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall through December 24. Hailed as “the best Dance Production of 2022” by Broadway World Nashville, this dazzling performance features live music by the Nashville Symphony and original choreography by Artistic Director Emeritus Paul Vasterling. This unique-to-Nashville production is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. 

Nashville’s Nutcracker is an opportunity for our artists, students, and community to come together to celebrate the magic of the holidays and the beauty of dance.” shared Artistic Director and CEO Nick Mullikin. “As Nashville Ballet and the city of Nashville grow and evolve, Nashville’s Nutcracker gives us a chance to remember everything that makes our city special. We are so thrilled to be a part of the holiday traditions of so many Middle Tennesseans each year.”

Now in its 16th year, Nashville’s Nutcracker weaves Music City’s rich history into the classic children’s story of Clara Stahlbaum, the brave Nutcracker Prince, and the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Inspired by the 1897 Centennial Exposition, the production showcases the unique history and cultural innovation of Music City with scenes set in Nashville landmarks such as Shelby Bottoms, Centennial Park, and the Belle Meade Mansion.

The whimsical story follows Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer as they explore the Exposition, where they experience inventions from across the globe and are introduced to the Nutcracker for the first time, before embarking on a magical adventure.

(Photo Credit: Karyn Photography)

Nashville’s Nutcracker showcases a talented and diverse cast of performers including Nashville Ballet’s thirty-two professional Company Dancers as well as members of NB2, Nashville Ballet’s official second company. Alongside the professional artists, students ages 8-18 from the School of Nashville Ballet and Rejoice School of Ballet are represented in the youth cast.

This holiday classic is set to the beloved musical score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is being performed live by the Nashville Symphony under Music Director and Principal Conductor Ming Luke. The production features scenery designed by Shigeru Yaji, costumes and sets by renowned costume designer Campbell Baird, and lighting designs created by Scott Leathers.

This is indeed a complete holiday experience, as audience members will be able to enjoy several special pre-performance activities. These include a commemorative photo booth, meet and greets with characters from the production, and story times hosted by Nashville Ballet teaching artists.

Nashville Ballet recently announced the appointment of Adolpho Birch III, Chief External and League Affairs Officer for the Tennessee Titans, as the newest Nashville Ballet Board Member and the return of Laurie Eskind, James “Jim” Munro, and Heather Thorne to the Nashville Ballet Board of Directors for the 2023- 2024 term.

Nashville’s Nutcracker is sponsored in part by Benefits, Inc., Tanger Nashville, and the Tennessee Titans. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at nashvilleballet.com, via email at: tickets@nashvilleballet.com , or by calling the Nashville Ballet Box Office at 615-297-2966 x710. For more information, please visit: nashvilleballet.com

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