The following is a press release:
Nashville Ballet, the largest ballet company in Tennessee, has announced the return of its beloved holiday production, Nashville’s Nutcracker, to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall from Dec. 8 to 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 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.
Nashville’s Nutcracker will showcase a talented 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 School of Nashville Ballet and Rejoice School of Ballet will represent the youth cast. This holiday classic is set to the beloved musical score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed live by the Nashville Symphony under Music Director and Principal Conductor Ming Luke. It features scenery designed by Shigeru Yaji, costumes and sets by renowned costume designer Campbell Baird, and lighting designs created by Scott Leathers.
A complete holiday experience, audience members will be able to enjoy pre-performance activities, including a commemorative photo booth, meet and greets with characters from the production, and story times hosted by Nashville Ballet teaching artists.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at nashvilleballet.com.