Zakk Fowler and Abbey Fowler are two of the three Rutherford County cast members in the Nashville Ballet's youth cast of the Nutcracker.
NASHVILLE – Nashville Ballet has selected three young dancers from Rutherford County to perform as part of the youth cast in its annual presentation of Nashville’s Nutcracker Dec. 9-23 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall in downtown Nashville.
“Nashville’s Nutcracker is such a wonderful opportunity to introduce new fans to ballet and to introduce new dancers to the joy of performing,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. “It’s a truly special and inspirational experience for members of our youth cast to perform in such a professional production alongside the national class of dancers we have in the company at Nashville Ballet.”
Nashville’s Nutcracker will feature the following Rutherford County dancers in their respective roles:
• Ellie Burns, daughter of Stephanie and Ivie, as a Russian nesting doll;
• Abbey Fowler, daughter of Anita and Randy as a garden fairy; and
• Zakk Fowler, son of Anita and Randy, as Fritz.
Almost 160 members of the 2012 Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast were selected from community-wide open auditions of young people from the School of Nashville Ballet and other schools of dance throughout Tennessee.
Members of the youth cast come from 13 Middle Tennessee counties, including Bedford, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson, as well as Kentucky.
They will perform alongside all 46 members of Nashville Ballet’s professional dance company and second company in this local version of the holiday classic.
“Our students in the School of Nashville Ballet have demonstrated such a level of artistic and technical proficiency that we added additional youth cast roles this year to offer more challenging performance opportunities for them as they continue to grow and develop their dance skills,” Nashville Ballet Director of Artistic Operations Sharyn Mahoney said.
Two separate youth casts will alternate performances to tell the story of young Clara’s magical journey, which starts at the 1897 Centennial Exposition in Nashville where she meets an exotic cast of characters from far-away lands displaying their native wares. It is there that her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer promises her a very special gift—a wooden Nutcracker.
After Clara receives her special gift, she falls asleep and the Nutcracker comes to life to guide her through a fantastic dream. They visit a series of magical worlds and encounter an array of diverse characters she previously saw at the Centennial Exposition, in addition to the Snow Queen and King and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.
Vasterling’s updated version of the annual tradition debuted with original concept and choreography as Nashville’s Nutcracker in 2008.
Nashville’s Nutcracker will be held at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for 11 performances:
• Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets to Nashville’s Nutcracker start at $35. They can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at 615-782-4040 or online.
Season tickets that offer up to 25% discount for adults and 50 percent discount for children are available at www.nashvilleballet.com or by calling 615-297-2966 x10.