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Nashville’s Nutcracker cast is biggest ever, including 37 dancers from Franklin


Nashville’s Nutcracker cast is biggest ever, including 37 dancers from Franklin

NASHVILLE BALLET

Nashville Ballet has selected 298 dancers from the community, including 37 from Franklin, 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.

From north Franklin were:

  • Molly Boehme, child of Jill and Eric Boehme, as a Russian Nesting Doll

  • Ainsley Brown, child of Alison and Tony Brown, as a Medium Mouse

  • Caitlin Burbage, child of Christa and Tim Burbage, as a Native American Soldier

  • Erin Burbage, child of Christa and Tim Burbage, as a Garden Fairy

  • Catherine Carlisle, child of Charlie and Anissa Nelson Carlisle, as a Russian Nesting Doll

  • Rachel Chappell, child of Traci and Steve Chappell, as a Medium Mouse

  • Cecilia Cioffi, child of Cynthia Cioffi, as a Bon Bon

  • Corrine Cioffi, child of Cynthia Cioffi, as a Baby Mouse

  • Julia DiBenedetto, child of Clair and Alex DiBenedetto, as a Dancing Bear Cavalry

  • London Ferre, child of Melissa Ferre, as a Bon Bon

  • Micah Franklin, child of Denise and Elliott Franklin, as a Party Boy

  • Coco Graham, child of Shauna and Steven Graham, as a Lamb

  • Charlee Kiser, child of Marcus and Aislynn Kiser, as a Baby Mouse

  • Abigail Larkin, child of John and Amanda Larkin, as a Baby Mouse

  • Emily Mallal, child of Elizabeth Phillips and Simon Mallal, as a Baby Mouse

  • Natalie Mallal, child of Elizabeth Phillips and Simon Mallal, as a Medium Mouse

  • Sydney Moran, child of Laura and Tom Moran, as a Party Girl

  • Emma Naumovski, child of Megan and Risto Naumovski, as a Party Girl

  • Bria Powell, child of Tara and Roger Powell, as a Frontier Soldier

  • Emma Reimold, child of Jenny and Nolan Reimold, as a Commodore Cavalry

  • Anna Sloan, child of Anita and Michael Sloan, as a Garden Fairy

And from south Franklin were:

  • Teddy Crighton, child of Rachel Crighton, as a Party Boy
  • Charlton Cruz, child of Janet and Brian Cruz, as a Party Boy
  • Henry Cruz, child of Janet and Brian Cruz, as an Infantry
  • Teddy Cruz, child of Janet and Brian Cruz, as a Native American Soldier
  • Bella Ewart, child of David and Jeannie Ewart, as a Party Girl
  • Anabelle Green, child of Hilliary and Josh Green, as a Dancing Bear Cavalry
  • Kaylee Hollis, child of Tracy and Larry Hollis, as a Russian Nesting Doll
  • Charlotte Hoving, child of Maura Hoving, as a Garden Fairy
  • Emily Kurkowski, child of Nicole Kurkowski, as a Lamb
  • Isabella Lake, child of Suzanne and Gerry Lake, as a Medium Mouse
  • Elle Lucas, child of Dionne and Kevin Lucas, as a Russian Nesting Doll
  • Riana Mareida, child of Oleg Mareida and Karina Lelekina, as a Lamb
  • Esther Pope, child of Shannon Pope, as a Garden Fairy
  • Sophie Strohm, child of Heather and John Strohm, as a Native American Soldier
  • Lauren Uribe, child of George Uribe and Margaret Uribe, as a Commodore Cavalry
  • Emma Whitley, child of Eeiron and Eric Whitley, as a Russian Nesting Doll

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.

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The north Franklin dancers are (front row, from left): Bria Powell, Erin Burbage, Caitlin Burbage, Coco Graham; (back row) Catherine Carlisle and Ainsley Brown. Not pictured: Molly Boehme, Rachel Chappell, Cecilia Cioffi, Corinne Cioffi, Julia DiBenedetto, London Ferre, Micah Franklin, Charlee Kiser, Abigail Larkin, Emily Mallal, Natalie Mallal, Sydney Moran, Emma Naumovski, Emma Reimold and Anna Sloan.
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The south Franklin dancers are (front row, from left): Winter Walsh of Donelson, Kaylee Hollis, Charlotte Hoving, Riana Mareida; (second row) Lauren Uribe, Sophie Strohm, Anabelle Green, Emily Kurkowski; (back row) Teddy Crighton, Henry Cruz, Teddy Cruz and Charlton Cruz. Not pictured: Bella Ewart, Isabella Lake, Elle Lucas, Esther Pope and Emma Whitley.

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