90 Local Dancers Perform in Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker

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Nashville Ballet has selected 298 dancers from the community to perform in the youth cast of the Nutcracker. Presented by Nashville Ballet, and sponsored in part by PNC Bank, Nashville’s Nutcracker returns to TPAC’s Jackson Hall Dec. 1-23, 2018. This year’s youth cast marks the organization’s largest to date with 298 dancers from School of Nashville Ballet and the community at large performing alongside Nashville Ballet and members of the Nashville Symphony in this beloved favorite.

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 will perform alongside all 53 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional company and second company as well as 60 members of the Nashville Symphony.

Of the 298 dancers, 28 are from Brentwood, 8 from Nolensville, 37 from Franklin and 17 from Spring Hill/Thompson’s Station.

Here is a complete list of dancers from Williamson County performing in Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker:

Franklin

  • 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
  • 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 Carrie Loring, as a Commodore Cavalry
  • Emma Whitley, child of Eeiron and Eric Whitley, as a Russian Nesting Doll

Brentwood

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  • 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 America 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

Nolensville

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    The dancers are (from left): Layne Tweedie, Amelia-Kate Johnson, Ashton Wood and Lily Gilbert. Not pictured: Chloe Hale, Amber Huggett, Marissa Huggett and Claire Markham.
    • 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

    Spring Hill/Thompson’s Station

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    The dancers are (front row, from left): Gabriele Redding, Zealyn Dudley, Kadie Stampley, Katy Harmon, Jasmine Rucker, Sienna Butler; (second row) Kelsey Martin, Caitlyn Brannon, Vivian Richardson, Amelia Young, Christian Bush, Zoie Bradford; (back row) Joshua Boren, Kaden McCarty, Mason Shawver, Alexander Rucker and Vincent Mallette.
    • Joshua Boren, child of Kristi and John Boren, as a Party Boy
    • Zoie Bradford, child of Caela and Ben Bradford, as a Russian Nesting Doll
    • Caitlyn Brannon, child of Jessica and Paul Brannon, as a Native American Soldier
    • Christian Bush, child of Jennifer and Brandon Bush, as a Native American Soldier
    • Sienna Butler, child of Kate and Evan Butler, as a Garden Fairy
    • Zealyn Dudley, child of Michelle Dudley, as a Commodore Cavalry
    • Katy Harmon, child of Christina and Jesse Harmon, as a Commodore Cavalry
    • Vincent Mallette, child of Alicia and Anthony Mallette, as a Party Boy
    • Kelsey Martin, child of Shundalee and William Martin, as a Russian Nesting Doll
    • Kaden McCarty, child of Jessica and Brad McCarty, as a Party Boy
    • Gabriele Redding, child of Nikki Schmidt and Chris Redding, as a Lamb
    • Vivian Richardson, child of Natalie and Scott Richardson, as a Lamb
    • Alexander Rucker, child of Christina and Kyle Rucker, as a Dancing Bear Cavalry
    • Jasmine Rucker, child of Christina and Kyle Rucker, as a Frontier Soldier
    • Mason Shawver, child of Cresta Shawver, as Fritz
    • Kadie Stampley, child of Rachel Wilson, as a Frontier Soldier
    • Amelia Young, child of Heather and Matt Young, as a Garden Fairy

    “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.

    About the Nutcracker

    Beginning at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville, 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.