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Ten years on Nashville Nutcracker still going strong


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Nashville Ballet will this weekend launch its tenth annual production of the Nutcracker. The company will dance 16 performances between December 2 and December 23.

Principal dancer Alexandra Meister has performed in the Nutcracker nine of those years. She started off dancing minor parts but will fill marquee roles this year.

“I love being in the Nutcracker. I love the tradition of it. When I was a little girl we used to go every year. So that kind of keeping those traditions alive for me is really special. I like spreading Christmas cheer and holiday joy.”

Even though the Nashville Nutcracker involves more dancers than most productions, Meister says everyone still has multiple parts to dance with quick costume and makeup changes in between.

She says having children in the production also makes the Nutcracker special.  

“Their faces light up. They love being back stage and watching and it’s a lot of fun to see their first experience at the Nutcracker because you always remember your first experiences. So hopefully we can make it special for those kids.”

The ballet version of the Nutcracker story has been with us for 125 years now, but the Nashville version is unique. Artistic Director Paul Vasterling has incorporated a number of local landmarks in the production, including the Parthenon, Shelby Bottoms and Bell Meade Mansion.   

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