Nashville Ballet Announces Free Televised Premiere of “Nashville’s Nutcracker” This December

Press Release # Local
Nashville's Nutcracker Televised Premiere Announcement

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville Ballet, in partnership with Nashville’s CBS affiliate NewsChannel 5, will present a free, televised premiere of “Nashville’s Nutcracker,” sponsored in part by PNC Bank, on 7 p.m. CT Friday, Dec. 18.

The full-length, televised performance, which will feature an introduction and narration by former Tennessee Titan and actor Eddie George, will replace the previously scheduled in-theater production at TPAC’s Jackson Hall out of an abundance of caution amid COVID-19.

Viewers can watch on NewsChannel 5 (WTVF Nashville), NewsChannel 5+, or the WTVF app that can be found on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Amazon Alexa, and Google Play. Additionally, prepare for the production by watching the behind-the-scenes special in early December.

Attracting more than 30,000 attendees each December, Nashville Ballet will create a made-for-television production of Nashville’s Nutcracker for the first time in company history. The two-hour performance will feature creative ways to engage audiences as they take a sparkling journey through the Land of the Sweets and Music City’s past.

In addition to the televised premiere, NewsChannel 5 will present a unique behind-the-scenes special leading up to its debut to provide coveted access into the making of Nashville Ballet’s holiday classic. The special will offer a sneak peek into “Nashville’s Nutcracker” rehearsals with its professional company dancers, a look into the glittering set design (which Nashville Ballet is constructing within its 12,000-square-foot warehouse), interviews with beloved characters and more.

About Nashville Ballet

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 Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 55,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries, and public elementary, middle, and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 and up. To learn more about Nashville Ballet, please visit

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional, and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.