On December 3, Nashville Ballet will return with its annual holiday tradition, Nashville’s Nutcracker.

While most people know the story and magic of The Nutcracker, Nashville Ballet has re-envisioned the tradition to include the city’s own history and magic. The ballet begins at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville, where young Clara encounters an eclectic mix of characters with her Uncle Drosselmeyer. For Christmas, Drosselmeyer presents Clara with a magical Nutcracker, which comes to life and takes her on a whirlwind holiday journey, filled with wonder and an original cast of Nashville characters.

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Paul Vasterling, the Artistic Director and CEO of Nashville Ballet, is the creative force behind the original concept of Nashville’s Nutcracker. Of the show, he said, “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. 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.”

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Nashville’s Nutcracker is truly a local endeavor, comprised completely of local talent, from the dancers to the production crew. The ballet will also feature the Nashville Symphony. Nashville’s Nutcracker calls upon 47 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional and second company, in addition to 251 young dancers from the Nashville area, including many students from the School of Nashville Ballet.

Nashville’s Nutcracker will take place at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, December 3-23. For tickets and more show information, visit www.nashvilleballet.com.

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