Dance Theatre of Tennessee to feature modern twist on 'The Nutcracker'

The sparkling magic of the season comes to life in Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s enchanting version of "The Nutcracker." Highlighted by Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score, the irresistible story of young Clara, a special gift and her fanciful dream to a world of sugary confections has charmed generations. Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings this endearing holiday classic with brand new sets and costumes to a city near you! In line with its mission of bringing ballet to the people, Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings “The Nutcracker” to four Middle Tennessee counties – Sumner, Dickson, Montgomery and Rutherford. 

Led by Artistic Director/Founder and longtime Nashville Premier Principal Dancer Christopher Mohnani and resident choreographer Brian Williamson, the production is a narrated version of the full-length ballet The Nutcracker. It provides an opportunity for the community to usher the holiday season in a more relatable, accessible and affordable way. It also provides the local youth in each county an opportunity to perform and participate and start a holiday tradition they can call their own. 

Youth performers come from different parts of Middle Tennessee and neighboring cities with some even coming all the way from McEwen, Tenn. and Lexington, Ken.  A surprise celebrity narrator lends its voice to add to the magic of this wonderful holiday tradition as well as a surprise celebrity appearance in the role of the Mother Ginger in select performances. In addition, young audience members are invited to come and partake on a Nutcracker story time at the lobby during the afternoon performances and have their pictures taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy.

“Part of our mission in bringing the beauty of ballet and the magic of dance to the people is providing access to professional and high quality productions to cities and communities where they would otherwise not have the opportunity,” shares Artistic Director Christopher Mohnani. 

DTT’s touring Nutcracker is presented in partnership with Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund and is presented in part by Tennsco, Beach Oil Co., Inc.  US Bank, First Bank, First Advantage Bank and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The 2011 Nutcracker tour schedules are as follows:

Sumner County
November 26, Saturday, 7 p.m.
November 27, Sunday, 2 p.m.
Pope John Paul II Auditorium
117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075

Dickson County
December 3, Saturday, 7 p.m.
December 4, Sunday, 2 p.m.
Creek Wood High Auditorium
3499 Hwy 47 N. Charlotte, TN 37036

Montgomery County

December 10, Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
Clement Auditorium – Austin Peay University
601 College Street, Clarksville, TN 37044

Rutherford County
December 17, Saturday, 7 p.m.
December 18, Sunday, 2 p.m.
Tucker Theater – MTSU
MTSU Campus, Murfreesboro TN

Tickets are available by visiting General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased online, $20 for adults and $10 for children if purchased at the door. For more information, visit the DTT website at,, or call at 615-391-5500.

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