Nashville Ballet has selected 298 dancers from the community, including 28 from Brentwood, to perform in the youth cast for Nashville’s Nutcracker, which is on stage now through Dec. 23 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.
Presented by Nashville Ballet, and sponsored in part by PNC Bank, this year’s Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast is the organization’s largest to date with dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community at large performing alongside Nashville Ballet and members of the Nashville Symphony.
- Kates Alexander, child of Melissa Alexander and Glenda Betts, as a Garden Fairy
- Ana Antic, child of Sanja Antic, as a Bon Bon and Russian Nesting Doll
- Kai Carter-Sullivan, child of Adrienne Sullivan, as a Party Boy
- Natalie Croney, child of Lisa and Larry Croney, as Clara
- Ella Dasal, child of Sarah and Jason Dasal, as a Party Girl
- Mollie Dasal, child of Sarah and Jason Dasal, as a Party Girl
- Rowan Edwards, child of Erica Edwards, as a Commodore Cavalry
- Meghan Fischbach, child of Sue and Tom Fischbach, as a Bon Bon
- Jonah Forsythe, child of James Forsythe and Maryanne Maliwat, as a Party Boy
- Carly Graham, child of Vicky Graham, as a Party Girl
- Anna Caroline Henry, child of Ashley Henry, as a Lamb
- Lauren Hill, child of Lee Kissman and Dewayne Hill, as a Frontier Soldier
- Lucy Hill, child of Meredith Hill, as a Frontier Soldier
- Jimin Lee, child of Hye jin Jang and Jung T. Lee, as a Lamb
- Abigail Murphy, child of Amy and Joshua Murphy, as a Garden Fairy
- Maia Nottidge, child of Aima Ahonkhai Nottidge, as a Garden Fairy
- Clara Owen, child of Bonnie and Doug Owen, as a Party Girl
- Adalyn Patel, child of Erin and Pratish Patel, as a Lamb
- Ainsleigh Powell, child of Kathleen Roth and Randy Powell, as a Russian Nesting Doll
- Ashlinn Powell, child of Kathleen Roth and Randy Powell, as a Medium Mouse
- Miriam Smith, child of Maria and Dani Smith, as a Garden Fairy
- Anna Reid Stansell, child of Jake and Larissa Stansell, as a Native American Soldier
- Samantha Tatalovich, child of Jennifer and Scott Tatalovich, as a Dancing Bear Cavalry
- Laura Walus, child of Anita and Saymon Walus, as a Native American Soldier
- Emily Wilson, child of Irina and Ken Wilson, as a Party Girl
- Gigi Wingo, child of Christie and David Wingo, as a Lamb
- Lucy Wyatt, child of Melissa and Chris Wyatt, as a Medium Mouse
- Emma Young, child of Catie and Bryan Young, as a Baby Mouse
This year Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast members were selected from community-wide, open auditions.
Members of the youth cast come from 11 counties throughout Middle Tennessee including Cheatham, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson. They perform alongside all 53 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional company and second company as well as 60 members of the Nashville Symphony.
“We’ve had well over 1,000 young dancers take the stage in the Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast over the years,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling said. “The youth cast is such an integral part of the overall success of this larger than life production.”
Nashville Ballet premiered Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008 with a unique concept weaving Music City’s glittering past with the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale. In its 11th season on stage, Nashville’s Nutcracker has cemented itself in the hearts of numerous patrons and young artists as a treasured holiday tradition.
The story begins at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville, where Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer meet a colorful cast of characters from faraway lands. When Uncle Drosselmeyer gifts Clara a wooden Nutcracker on Christmas Eve, the toy magically transforms to life as a handsome prince and leads her on an unforgettable adventure. Clara encounters a captivating collection of fascinating friends including everyone from the Snow Queen to the Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as the delightful characters she met at the Exposition. When Clara finally returns home, the audience is left to decide if it was all just a dream – or not.
Advanced Sports Medicine and RJ Young are supporting sponsors for Nashville’s Nutcracker.
Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at www.nashvilleballet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at www.nashvilleballet.com/nashvilles-nutcracker.