Second annual ‘Nutcracker’ leaps onto MAC stage with a bevy of new faces

Duck River Dance will present “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Manchester Arts Center December 1-3 as a benefit for the MAC. Artistic Director Danelle Afflerbaugh is thrilled to be bringing this holiday classic to the stage again in Manchester. “This year we opened auditions to all local performers and we have assembled a cast of very talented actors and dancers from Manchester and Tullahoma” said Afflerbaugh. “I consider it an honor to perform on our local stage and am grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Arts Center.  I look forward to sharing the magic and tradition of this ballet.  Audiences will be treated to the original Ivanov-Petipa choreography of the dance of the Sugarplum Fairy, the same choreography presented all over the world for 125 years, including on stage at the Nashville Ballet.” “The Nutcracker Ballet” is the story of Clara (Chloe Mansfield), a young girl who goes on a fantastic journey thanks to the gifts of her magical Godfather Drosselmeyer (Joel Longstreth). Along the way she must fight off a Rat King (Rachel Spangler) to save her suitor, the Nutcracker Prince (Steven Marshall).  Together they travel through an enchanted forest where the Snow Queen (Tricia Hiers) and her snowflakes dance.  She is greeting at the Prince’s kingdom by the Sugarplum Fairy (Carrie Barton) and her Cavalier (John Coffelt).  The grand Waltz of the Flowers, led by the Dew Drop Fairy (Merri Bradford) is presented in Clara’s honor. Other cast members include Gianna Afflerbaugh, Ily and Ashlyn Allen, Victoria Alonso, Leigha Anderson, Audrey Barton, Laurie Burger, Christina Carden, Elizabeth Damewood, Mariana Damron, Brenda Deadman, Sarah Duke, Isabella English, Kaylee Hensley, Peyton Hensley, Robert Hiers, Bailey Kitts,Tiffany Lamb, Stacey Lamb, Chloe Malone, Julie McCart, Kendra Morales, Kinley Morrison, Noella Nabors, Hannah Nunley, Charlotte and Sophie Ponder, Randa Prater,  Erin and Scarlett Reynolds, Aleaha and Kip Robertson, Hannah Ryan, Adley Selvog, Karsyn Sherrill, Abby Sizemore, Landon Spangler, Leah Stewart, Doxie Sullkowski, Jaxen Waggoner, Olivia Walker, Addison Welch, Gracie Winton, Laura Winton. Performances are Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 2  and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students/seniors/military and can be reserved by emailing Duck River Dance at  Or you can find a link to make reservations at  Tickets can also be purchased at Duck River Dance Monday – Friday 4 – 7 p.m.