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Tennessee Youth Ballet performs "The Nutcracker"

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Clara (Maddie Robinson) twirls through her parents’ Christmas party, where she receives a beautiful nutcracker from her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer (Don Markham).  In the background, Clara’s parents (Jason and Faith Robinson) and brother, Fritz (Audrey W Clara (Maddie Robinson) twirls through her parents’ Christmas party, where she receives a beautiful nutcracker from her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer (Don Markham). In the background, Clara’s parents (Jason and Faith Robinson) and brother, Fritz (Audrey W
In this photo, Nutcracker Prince and brave toy soldiers prepare to battle the menacing mouse queen and her army. In this photo, Nutcracker Prince and brave toy soldiers prepare to battle the menacing mouse queen and her army.
Toy soldier, Caitlin Johnson, salutes as she prepares to lead the army of soldiers in the battle against the Mouse Queen. Toy soldier, Caitlin Johnson, salutes as she prepares to lead the army of soldiers in the battle against the Mouse Queen.
Polichinelles, Paisley and Adelyn Spangler, prepare to dazzle the audience during this year’s Nutcracker performance. Polichinelles, Paisley and Adelyn Spangler, prepare to dazzle the audience during this year’s Nutcracker performance.
Holiday spirits soared as crowds watched outstanding performances by Sugar Plum Fairy (Arianna Standridge), Marzipan (Jennifer Felton), and Spanish Dancer (Kara Harville). Holiday spirits soared as crowds watched outstanding performances by Sugar Plum Fairy (Arianna Standridge), Marzipan (Jennifer Felton), and Spanish Dancer (Kara Harville).
CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -

Tennessee Youth Ballet, under the direction of artistic director Heidi Longwith, recently performed the enchanting Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker,” to capacity crowds that filled Lee University’s Dixon Center for five performances during the holiday season.

The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat queen before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Young and old alike experienced  the production's many special effects, including the Christmas tree that "grows" to 40 feet, 200 pounds of "snow" falling during the snow scene and the firing of a canon on stage.  Gasps, laughter, and thunderous applause could be heard throughout the performances as generations experienced this wonderful Cleveland tradition.

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