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Nashville Ballet to Present Televised Premiere of Nashville’s Nutcracker on NewsChannel 5 this Weekend

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Nashville Ballet to Present Televised Premiere of Nashville’s Nutcracker on NewsChannel 5 this Weekend

For the first time in company history, Nashville Ballet will present a televised premiere of Nashville’s Nutcracker on NewsChannel 5. This historic performance will feature new and exciting elements for viewers as they experience this holiday classic like never before.

When – Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 at 7 p.m. CST and Dec. 25 at 3 p.m CST on NewsChannel 5 and Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 at 7 p.m. CST on NewsChannel 5+.

Where – NewsChannel 5 WTVF, NewsChannel 5+, and the NewsChannel 5 app, available on Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire devices and most smart TVs or Android OS TV.

The full-length performance will feature Nashville Ballet company members, NB2 members and trainees, School of Nashville Ballet students, and a special introduction and narration by former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George.

In order to present Nashville’s Nutcracker safely this year, Nashville Ballet filmed a full-length, made for television production of the beloved holiday classic. This free event, sponsored by the Tennessee Titans, will allow members of our community to continue their holiday traditions. Whether they are annual attendees of Nashville’s Nutcracker or seeing it for the very first time, we hope that viewers will find comfort in experiencing this magical holiday event within the safety of their own homes.

For more information on Nashville’s Nutcracker and how to watch, click here.

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.

About NewsChannel 5

The NewsChannel 5 Network is the number one source for local news in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, providing 24/7 coverage of breaking news, critical weather information, sports, and investigative reporting. NewsChannel 5’s award-winning coverage and community service can be found across multiple platforms including over-the-air on channel 5.1, our website and fully integrated app at, and all video streaming services including Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Amazon Alexa, and Google Play. In addition, NewsChannel 5+ (over-the-air digital 5.2) is a fully local channel dedicated to coverage of local issues in-depth. The NewsChannel Network is part of the E.W. Scripps Company.

About Eddie George

Known as one of the NFL’s premier running backs, Eddie spent nine years in the National Football League where he won Offensive Rookie of the Year and led the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl in 2000. Eddie attended Ohio State University where he won the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award, and Maxwell Award.

In 2005, Eddie hung up the football cleats and joined Fox Sports as a broadcast analyst for NFL pre-game and college football. Over the years, Eddie was working on his acting skills. In 2012, he starred as Julius in Julius Caesar (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), in 2013 as the title role in Othello (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), in 2015 as Simon in The Whipping Man (Nashville Repertory Theatre), and in 2016 as Billy Flynn in Chicago (Broadway Debut).

Eddie is married to Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George, a Grammy-nominated singer with the soul group SWV (“Sisters With Voices”), which sold more than six million records. Taj was also featured on the Survivor television show in 2009 and was voted one of the fan favorites. Eddie also made a guest appearance on Survivor. Eddie is blessed to join the 2020 production of Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker.

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