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Nashville Ballet’s Local Holiday Favorite, Nashville’s Nutcracker, Returns Dec. 7


Nashville Ballet will bring the magic of the holiday season to Middle Tennessee for the sixth year in a row with Nashville’s Nutcracker, presented by The Mall at Green Hills and Elan Hair and Skin. From December 7-22, 2013, the Nashville-themed holiday favorite will be in residence at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for a total of 12 performances, featuring iconic Nashville characters and landmarks. Tickets to Nashville’s Nutcracker are on sale now starting at $35 and can be purchased at www.NashvilleBallet.com or by calling (615) 782-4040.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling, debuted Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008, complete with new choreography and an original concept, celebrating Nashville’s rich history and personality. The production features characters inspired by well-known residents including President Andrew Jackson, former Vanderbilt University Chancellor James Kirkland and the actress Lucille La Verne, a Nashville native who provided the voice of the witch in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

“This take on the classic story of Clara and her Nutcracker is the perfect backdrop to tell the history of Nashville,” said Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, Paul Vasterling. “Now that we’re in our sixth season of presenting this story, and with production values that rival Broadway, there are families and children that have grown up with this unique version of Nutcracker. It was our hope that Nashville’s Nutcracker would become a lasting family tradition and we believe we’ve accomplished just that.”

The story begins at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville, taking the audience on a fantastic adventure through a series of magical worlds to encounter the Snow Queen and King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, and many more favorite characters.

Along with 44 members of the professional dance company and second company, the production will also include almost 180 young dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community at large performing with The Nashville Symphony.

Nashville’s Nutcracker brings so much of the community together, from the professional artists of Nashville Ballet and The Nashville Symphony to the aspiring young dancers in the youth cast and the audience members who have decided to make us a part of their holiday tradition,” said Sharyn Mahoney, Director of Artistic Operations for Nashville Ballet. “It is truly a unique holiday experience for all of Nashville and the surrounding areas. It’s a perfect opportunity for everyone to experience the magic of the holiday season together.”

A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at www.NashvilleBallet.com/nashvillesnutcracker.

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (a pre-professional training company) serve nearly 60,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.

Nashville Ballet is funded in part by Ingram Charitable Trust, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Caterpillar Financial, ELAN Hair and Skin, The Memorial Foundation, Publix Super Market Charities, The HCA Foundation, The Mall at Green Hills and thousands of individuals who contribute to our annual operating fund.


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