Nashville Ballet has selected 298 dancers from the community, including eight from Nolensville, 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.

  • Lily Gilbert, child of Courtney and Steve Gilbert, as a Baby Mouse

  • Chloe Hale, child of Tierney Hale, as a Lamb

  • Amber Huggett, child of Jessica and Derek Huggett, as a Bon Bon

  • Marissa Huggett, child of Jessica and Derek Huggett, as a Russian Nesting Doll

  • Amelia-Kate Johnson, child of Beau and Becca Johnson, as a Garden Fairy

  • Claire Markham, child of Elizabeth and James Markham, as a Garden Fairy

  • Layne Tweedie, child of Ashli and Brett Tweedie, as a Frontier Soldier

  • Ashton Wood, child of Lisa and Adam Wood, as a Native American Soldier

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 A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at

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