Nashville's Nutcracker Youth Cast

Nashville’s version of the timeless holiday classic returns for the 11th year, with more than 200 dancers per performance taking audiences on a fantastic journey through a dreamland filled with beloved characters. We are excited to offer your child the opportunity to join us on stage in this Music City tradition this year!

youth cast MEMBERS are given the opportunity to:

  • Experience a structured audition process

  • Receive instruction from professional dancers and artistic staff

  • Perform on stage at TPAC in a professional ballet

  • Witness and participate in all that happens backstage before, during and after the performance

  • Develop a greater understanding of the role of the individual dancer as an integral part of a larger team that includes dancers, directors, technical, wardrobe and artistic staff

  • Engage the artistic staff in conversations that may inspire, encourage and support the educational choices in their growth


Please see the resources section below for schedules and frequently asked questions about the Nashville's Nutcracker youth cast. If you have additional questions, contact us at or (615) 297-0287.

Youth Cast t-shirts

T-shirts are unisex and will feature 2018 artwork on the front and youth cast member names on the back. The deadline to pre-order has passed.

A limited number of additional youth cast T-shirts are available for purchase now! Contact or (615) 297-0287 to reserve one.

Nashville's Nutcracker YOUTH CAST RESOURCES

Important Dates to Remember:

  • September 19 - Audition Results & Preliminary Schedule Emailed

  • September 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Mandatory First-Time Youth Cast Parent Meeting

  • October 20-21 - Mandatory Weekend Rehearsals Begin

  • November 1 - Performance Assignments & Schedule Emailed

  • Week of November 5 - Mandatory Weeknight Rehearsals Begin

  • Week of November 26 - Theater Rehearsals Begin at TPAC

Youth Cast Rehearsal and Performance FAQ

When do rehearsals begin and what is the schedule?

The first rehearsal will be Saturday, October 20, 2018. Rehearsals on weekends will continue for the next three to four weeks with the following schedule:

Children cast in Act I of the ballet will rehearse on the following days: October 20, October 21, October 27 and November 3. Children cast in Act II of the ballet will rehearsal the same days plus one additional Saturday on November 10.

After November 5, children cast in Act I will rehearse on weekdays with the company. Children cast in Act II will rehearse on weekdays with the company following their final Saturday rehearsal.

Not all of the youth cast roles or groups are called every day of the week during these rehearsals. Weeknight rehearsals at the studio are always between 3:30-6 p.m. Studio rehearsals with the company will continue until the production goes to theater.

Beginning the week of November 26, all youth cast rehearsals will move to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) for technical rehearsals and performances.

How long do rehearsals last?

Rehearsals will last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the role your child is cast in. In addition, we have altered the rehearsal schedule for larger sections like Party Scene and Battle Scene from Act I of the ballet.

What about Thanksgiving?

The Thanksgiving break will be Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25. Please keep this in mind when making holiday and travel plans.

How much of a time commitment will Nashville’s Nutcracker be for our family?

We have made every effort to provide a manageable and efficient rehearsal schedule. In light of that, all rehearsals and performances are mandatory. Conflicts with events, travel or other activities are not allowed. We ask that if you have any known conflicts that you please plan to make arrangements for your child to attend rehearsals or reconsider auditioning.

If this is your child’s first year participating in the Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast, one parent will be required to attend a mandatory parent meeting on:

Friday, September 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN 37209)

Please note that parents can send a proxy to the meeting and children need not attend.

We are planning a family trip that would fall on the same day as a rehearsal or performance. Can my child still participate?

NO. If you have a family conflict (wedding, anniversary, reunion, etc.) with a Nashville’s Nutcracker rehearsal, you should consider NOT auditioning for the youth cast. If you do decide to audition, be prepared to arrange for your child to attend rehearsal.

When are performances of Nashville’s Nutcracker?

Nashville's Nutcracker will be at TPAC's Jackson Hall for fifteen (15) performances:

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Please keep all of these dates in mind when making holiday or travel plans.

Will my child be in all 15 performances of Nashville’s Nutcracker?

Not all youth cast members appear in every performance. Each youth cast member is typically in 3-6 performances of Nashville's Nutcracker. Performance dates are assigned and cannot be negotiated.

Youth Cast Ticket FAQ

Will tickets still be available when I receive my child’s performance assignments at the beginning of November?

Yes. However, we strongly recommend that families purchase tickets as soon as performance date assignments are received. Performances typically begin selling out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Matinees sell out first.

Please note that the Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast discount will end Friday, November 30. After that date, season ticket packages will be the only discount available.

My child is only in Act I. Can my child join me in the theater to watch Act II?

Yes, if you purchase a ticket for your child.

All patrons, regardless of age, require tickets for admittance. Lap tickets are available for children 1 year or younger, and are only available in-person at the venue box office starting 90 minutes prior to each show.

Are Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast families given complimentary tickets?


What discounts are available to Nashville’s Nutcracker youth cast families?

Youth cast families are given a promo code for 15% off select seats. This offer applies to price levels A, B and C only. The discount ends Friday, November 30.

Families also have the option to purchase season ticket packages. Season ticket holders receive Nashville Ballet’s best discounts, including 20% off additional adult tickets and 50% off tickets for children 12 and under.

When is the Nashville Ballet Box Office open?

Standard Nashville Ballet Box Office hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hours will be adjusted during performance weeks.

Tickets may be purchased online at any time. We recommend using the purchase link provided in your casting email to automatically apply your youth cast discount. Please remember that the youth cast discount ends Friday, November 30.

How do I apply a promo code online?

The easiest way to apply a promo code is to click the discount purchase link provided by Nashville Ballet.

If you are unable to follow the link, you must click “Enter Promo Code & Submit” at the top right of the screen on the Nashville’s Nutcracker purchase page at or

Promo codes must be applied before selecting seats. If you have already selected seats, you must empty your shopping cart before applying the promo code.

Can I apply the youth cast promo code to tickets I already purchased?

No. Discounts cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets.

Can I exchange tickets I already purchased?

Yes. Season ticket holders receive free anytime exchanges.

If you purchased individual tickets, it may be possible to exchange them. Fees and upgrade charges may apply.

Please contact our box office at or (615) 297-2966 x710 to request a ticket exchange.

More ticket questions?

Contact our box office at or (615) 297-2966 x710.