Nashville’s Nutcracker premiered back in 2008 with a unique concept balancing the classic tale with a little Music City magic. This is the show’s 11th season and it’s become a city-wide tradition for the young and the young at heart.
Clara’s journey begins at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville. Along with her Uncle Drosselmeyer, she meets a colorful cast of characters from faraway lands. She receives a magical nutcracker from her uncle on Christmas Eve and the toy comes to life and takes her on an unforgettable adventure. Clara encounters all kinds of characters on her journey and at the end, it’s up to the audience to determine if the journey was real or not.
“Nashville’s Nutcracker was designed to be seen over and over again because you find little details in it each time that make it exciting and fresh,” Nashville Ballet’s Artistic Director Paul Vasterling said. “The story itself is magical as it is, but the addition of Nashville’s iconic characters and landmarks into the production guarantee that you’ll discover something new every year.”
Vasterling’s original concept is complemented by a locally produced production including the dancers, production crew, costumers and musicians. Along with 53 members of the Nashville Ballet, Nashville’s Nutcracker includes a youth cast of a record-breaking 298 young dancers from School of Nashville Ballet.
Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville. You can also get tickets by calling (615) 782-4040 or through the Nashville Ballet’s official website. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found here.