* Lydia Hicks, daughter of Corey and Susan Hicks, as a Native American;
* Molly Hicks, daughter of Corey and Susan Hicks, as a garden fairy;
* Makenzie Martin, daughter of Michael and Traci Martin, as a garden fairy;
* Tamara Uredi, daughter of Jennifer Uredi, as a baby mouse.
"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."
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, December 9 at 2 p.m.
* Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m.
* Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
* Sunday, December 16 at 2 p.m.
* Thursday, December 20 at 7 p.m.
* Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m.
* Saturday, December 22 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
* Sunday, December 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ticket Information - 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 online at tpac.org. Tickets that offer up to 25 percent discount for adults and 50 percent discount for children are available at www.nashvilleballet.com or by calling (615) 297-2966 x10.
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 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.