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Nutcracker Characters in Surprise Performances

In contrast to the sweltering temperature most of Nashville is experiencing in the middle of summer, Nashville Ballet is celebrating Christmas in July by offering cool discounts on tickets to one of Nashville’s newest holiday traditions, Nashville’s Nutcracker, which will return to TPAC’s Jackson Hall for 11 performances Dec. 9 - 23.

Tickets to all performances included in Nashville Ballet’s 2012-2013 season will be on sale to the public Monday, July 2, but only Nashville’s Nutcracker tickets will be discounted by $12 each. Use discount code XMASJULY when purchasing tickets in person at the TPAC Box Office (505 Deaderick Street), by phone at (615) 782-4040 or onlineto receive $12 off each ticket purchased to Nashville’s Nutcracker.

“So many ballet fans cite a production of The Nutcracker as the reason they fell in love with dance in the first place,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. “We want to offer that experience to as many Nashvillians as possible so they can learn about this very artistic and expressive art form, and become ballet fans for life.”

In their excitement to celebrate Christmas in July, two characters from Nashville’s Nutcracker will make surprise public appearances across the city June 29 through July 31.

This year’s performance of Nashville’s Nutcracker includes an expanded youth cast to accompany Nashville Ballet company and second company members in telling the story of young Clara and her Nutcracker. Her visit to the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 is only the beginning of her magical journey with her Nutcracker to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Nashville Ballet will continue celebrating Christmas early when it hosts open auditions Sept. 9 and 19, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet for children 8 to 12 years old who would like to perform in Nashville’s Nutcracker. Children must be 8 years old by Dec. 31, 2012, to audition.

Nashville’s Nutcracker will be held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for 11 performances December 9 – 23, 2012.

About Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (a pre-professional training company) serve nearly 50,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.

Nashville Ballet is funded in part from grants made available through the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Ingram Charitable Trust. Additional funding is also provided by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, ELAN, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.