The Tennessee Titans will once again sponsor one of Nashville's most beloved holiday traditions. Running at Tennessee Performing Arts Center December 9–24, Nashville's Nutcracker, presented by Nashville Ballet, will feature the story audiences know and love with uniquely-Nashville twists, live music by the Nashville Symphony, and the debut of a brand-new Snow Scene.
Inspired by Nashville's own 1897 Centennial Exposition, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Nashville's Nutcracker showcases the unique history and cultural innovation of Music City. The performance begins with Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer at the Exposition, where they experience inventions from across the globe and see the beloved Nutcracker for the first time. Along with the iconic land of sweets and sugar plum fairies, several Nashville treasures are featured throughout the performance, including Centennial Park and the Belle Meade Mansion.
"When I created this ballet almost fifteen years ago, I wanted to make it something unique to our community- something we could be proud of," shared Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling. "Over the years, it's become so much more than that. It's a tradition our dancers look forward to, an experience we share with family and friends, and most of all, an opportunity for us all to come together to celebrate the magic of the holidays and the beauty of dance."
In addition to their eye-catching costumes, on-stage magic tricks, and fan-favorite youth cast, this year's production will also include a brand-new Snow Scene created by renowned designer Campbell Baird. Inspired by the company's Emmy Award-winning film adaptation, the new Snow Scene is designed to look as if you are staring into a piece of dark mica stone—with reflections and sparkles inside that make the costumes pop more to the audience. Guests will also be able to enjoy several pre-performance activities, including meet and greets with the characters from the production, story times hosted by Nashville Ballet teaching artists, and a commemorative photobooth, featuring special guests from the Tennessee Titans at select performances.
"The Nutcracker is a such treasured part of many families' holiday traditions," said Kate Guerra, Titans Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "We're excited to again support the Nashville Ballet and their work, and I know our mascot, T-Rac, and Titans Cheer are looking forward to seeing everyone again at select performances."
To learn more about Nashville's Nutcracker or to purchase tickets, please visit nashvilleballet.com.