FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Smyrna, TN – 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 Rutherford County! In line with its mission of bringing ballet to the people, Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings The Nutcracker to five Middle Tennessee counties – Sumner, Dickson, Montgomery, Rutherford and Dekalb. Lamplighters Theatre Company is partnering withDance Theatre of Tennessee to bring The Nutcracker to Smyrna on the campus of Springhouse Worship and Arts Center where Lamplighters Theatre Company performs.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee is Middle Tennessee’s latest and most exciting professional dance organization. Led by Artistic Director/Founder and longtime Nashville Premier Principal Dancer Christopher Mohnani and resident choreographer Brian Williamson, the Nutcracker 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 relateable, 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. Now on its third year of successful performances and premieres in several counties, where the buzz and response from the community were very overwhelming, DTT is bringing this production back to several cities and have added another city making it a start of a new holiday tradition.
Youth performers come from different parts of Middle Tennessee and neighboring cities with some even coming all the way from McEwen, TN and Lexington, KY. 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 The Nutcracker is presented in partnership with Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, and is presented in part by, Tennsco, Beach Oil Co. Inc.,Lamplighters Theatre Company, US Bank, First Bank, First Advantage Bank and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The performances of The Nutcracker which will be at 7:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday evenings November 19th & 20th at Lamplighters Theatre located on the campus of Smyrna at the Springhouse Worship and Arts Center. Tickets are available by visiting www.lamplighterstheatre.com or www.ticketsnashville.com. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages 4 through 18) if purchased online, $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 4 through 18) if purchased at the door. For more information, please visit our website at www.dancetheatretn.org, www.facebook.com/dancetheatreoftennessee, www.ticketsnashville.com or call us at 615-391-5500.
Dance Theatre of Tennessee has been recently ranked first by a competitive, citizen-reviewed process through the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and has consistently been named as one of Nashville’s Top 15 Performing Arts organization based on performance quality, overall business acumen and audience reach touching over 20,000 people through it’s performances and over 10,000 students through its outreach programs the past two years.
Lamplighters Theatre has previously been ranked by the Nashville Journal’s Book of Lists in the top ten of both number of performance offered and top six in terms of attendance for Perform Arts Organizations in the Middle Tennessee Area.