Metro Schools students perform in Nashville Ballet’s ‘Nashville’s Nutcracker’

Clara. Photo by Karyn Photography

Photo credit: Karyn Photography

One of Nashville’s most beloved holiday traditions, Nashville Ballet‘s Nashville’s Nutcrackerfeatures 55 students from Metro Schools this year as part of the show’s youth cast.

This year’s youth cast members were selected from community-wide, open auditions. The young dancers perform alongside members of the Nashville Ballet’s professional dance company, second company and 60 members of the Nashville Symphony.

Baby Mice. Photo by Heather Thorne (1)

Photo credit: Heather Thorne

“We’ve had more than 1,000 young dancers in the Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast since the production’s debut 10 years ago,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said in a release. “The size of the youth cast has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, so this year we’re debuting a brand-new role, the Dancing Bear Cavalry, which allows us to welcome even more young dancers on stage.”

Lambs. Photo by Karyn Photography (3)

Photo credit: Karyn Photography

Nashville’s Nutcracker features the following Metro Schools students:

  • Amelia Adgate, from Westmeade Elementary School, as a Lamb
  • Ginevieve Alvarez, from Knowledge Academies, as a Native American Soldier
  • Vito Antoniadis, from Meigs Magnet Middle School, as Fritz
  • Tevin Ashford, from Creswell Middle School of the Arts, as Fritz
  • Florence Bavas, from Dan Mills Elementary School, as a Native American Soldier
  • Sydney Bayless, from Thurgood Marshall Middle School, as a Russian Nesting Doll
  • Bailey Beller, from West End Middle School, as a Bon Bon
  • Hailey Brown, from Head Magnet Middle School, as a Native American Soldier
  • Alissa Carter, from Park Avenue Enhanced Option Elementary School, as a Cavalry member
  • Jayla Cliff, from Ruby Major Elementary School, as a Baby Mouse
  • Kennedy Davidson, from Nashville School of the Arts High School, as a Russian Nesting Doll
  • David Digby, from May Werthan Shayne Elementary School, as a Party Boy
  • Christiana Dixon, from Hull-Jackson Montessori School, as a Baby Mouse
  • Suze Esval, from Hillsboro High School, as a Russian Nesting Doll and Bon Bon
  • Indigo Gann, from Whitsitt Elementary School, as a Frontier Soldier
  • Lexi Gardner, from J.T. Moore Middle School, as a Medium Mouse
  • Will Gowan, from Glendale Elementary School, as a Party Boy
  • Carly Graham, from Head Magnet Middle School, as a Party Girl
  • Adaisha Grimes, from Granbery Elementary School, as a Cavalry member
  • Sandra Grissom, from West End Middle School, as a Dancing Bear Cavalry member
  • Penny Hemingway, from Julia Green Elementary School, as a Lamb
  • Paige Hermanson, from Percy Priest Elementary School, as a Cavalry member
  • Mattie Hill, from Granbery Elementary School, as a Baby Mouse
  • Nyelle Johnson, from Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center, as a Baby Mouse
  • Ben Jones, from Eakin Elementary School, as a Party Boy
  • James Lankford, from Nashville School of the Arts High School, as a Bon Bon
  • Brady May, from Head Magnet Middle School, as Fritz
  • Katie Ann McCanless, from Julia Green Elementary School, as a Lamb
  • Nancy McCanless, from Julia Green Elementary School, as a Lamb
  • Ana Moore, from Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center, as a Lamb
  • Annabella Morozov, from Andrew Jackson Elementary School, as a Garden Fairy
  • Josephine Mutuku, from Meigs Magnet Middle School, as a Frontier Soldier
  • Addie Nine, from Percy Priest Elementary School, as a Garden Fairy
  • Samantha Otto, from Glengarry Elementary School, as a Cavalry member
  • Imisi Otukpe, from Granbery Elementary School, as a Frontier Soldier
  • Iyanu Otukpe, from Granbery Elementary School, as a Cavalry member
  • Lillian Padgett, from East Nashville Magnet Middle School, as a Medium Mouse
  • Miranda Pita, from Tusculum Elementary School, as a Garden Fairy
  • Katelynn Quarles, from Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option School, as a Cavalry member
  • Bea Robbins, from Glendale Elementary School, as a Cavalry member
  • Kent Sandidge, from Head Magnet Middle School, as a Party Boy
  • Marshal Simpson, from Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center, as a Baby Mouse
  • Gwyneth Smith, from J.T. Moore Middle School, as a Party Girl
  • Seraphim Smith, from West End Middle School, as a Russian Nesting Doll
  • Gabe Tolentino, from Glengarry Elementary School, as a Party Boy
  • Embree Unick, from Valor Voyager Academy, as a Party Girl
  • Avery Weber, from Tusculum Elementary School, as a Garden Fairy
  • Addison Whitaker, from Lakeview Elementary Design Center, as a Garden Fairy
  • Antanisha Whitman, from Meigs Magnet Middle School, as a Native American Soldier
  • Jake Wilkison, from Glendale Elementary School, as a Party Boy
  • Kymora-Lee Williams, from Oliver Middle School, as a Dancing Bear Cavalry member
  • Cayli Mariah Wilson, from Eakin Elementary School, as a Garden Fairy
  • Madison Womack, from Nashville Classical, as a Garden Fairy
  • Danielle Woodard, from East Nashville Magnet High School, as a Russian Nesting Doll
  • Emmalynn Woodard, from Harpeth Valley Elementary School, as a Garden Fairy

Tickets can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at NashvilleBallet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at NashvilleBallet.com/Nashvilles-Nutcracker-2017.

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