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Centennial Youth Ballet Presents The Mini-Nutcracker

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Like so many theatrical productions in 2020, Metro Parks’ Dance Division had to do things a little different this year to make sure the city’s annual holiday tradition, The Mini-Nutcracker, did not go dark because of the pandemic.

COVID-19 forced the Dance Division’s Centennial Youth Ballet to tap into its creative vein to find a venue (something other than a typical indoor stage) that would be safe for dancers while also providing an impressive background for a re-imagined filmed version of the performance which brings to life the story of a young girl’s Christmas dream. Swirling snowflakes, waltzing flowers, dancing bon bons and giant mice battling miniature soldiers will transport you to a world of entrancing fantasy, while also highlighting many of the city’s favorite (and sometimes hidden) gems.

This year see many of the play’s famous characters in a different setting. Watch the Flowers blossom in Centennial Park’s Sunken Garden, Marzipan dance among the reeds of Cockrill Spring, and the Angels welcome Clara and the Nutcracker to the Kingdom of the Sweets through the majestic doors of the Parthenon. In addition to the many beautiful scenic locations in Centennial Park, the Dance Division also visited other selected sites in with historical significance.

Fort Negley, a Union stronghold during the Civil War and recently invited to be a part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom project, was a natural choice for the play’s Battle Scene, while Frankie Pierce Park provided the background for a playful, fun spot to film Candy Canes. The park’s red and white striped playground gave the dancers a chance to learn about Frankie Pierce, an influential African American leader in the fight for women's suffrage, during the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote n Tennessee.

The historic Stone Hall Mansion located near the Stone’s River greenway in Hermitage was home to the play’s Party Scene. Built beside a bend in the Stones River, the estate was designed in 1918 by local architect George Waller for the Cantrell family. Dempsey Weaver Cantrell was the founder of the Southern Woodenware Company and his wife, Nora Johnson Cantrell, became a poet laureate of the Tennessee Federated Women’s Club and supported many young poets.

Join us for one of Nashville’s treasured holiday traditions, this year with a few extra surprises!

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