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Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker this December, with new elements to mark the occasion.

Snow will now fall on the audience during the iconic snow scene, and a new youth cast role, the Dancing Bear Cavalry, will be added.

Nashville Ballet premiered The Nutcracker in 1989, and in 2008 the production was reinvented as Nashville’s Nutcracker, a show incorporating Music City’s vibrant past and present.

The show includes familiar Nashville landmarks and characters, as the story begins with the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville.

When Clara’s uncle gives her a wooden Nutcracker on Christmas eve, the toy comes to life and leads her through an adventure, where she meets classical characters, such as the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as the characters from the Exposition.  

The show features local musicians and dancers. 60 members of the Nashville Symphony, 54 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional dance company and second company, and a youth cast of 296 students from School of Nashville Ballet and the community will perform.

Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office, by phone or at The performance will take place December 2 through December 23 in TPAC’s Jackson Hall.

A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at

Watch the trailer here:

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