Nooga Nutcracker

Chattanooga Dance Theatre produces a Nooga Nutcracker each December, usually at the Walker Theatre. With a delightful twist on the classic ballet, Nooga Nutcracker is set in present day Chattanooga. As the story goes, Clara after receiving her Nutcracker, goes to sleep and is awakened by a sassy mouse queen. With the help of the Chattanooga Mocs and Clara, the Nutcracker defeats the mouse queen and her posse. To thank Clara for her assistance, the Nutcracker prince takes Clara, out into Chattanooga for a magical night on the town. The performance involves many forms of dance including, ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, and acrobatics.

Nooga Nutcracker 2020 will be a site specific movie, with filming taking place across the city. We can't wait to show you this fantastic production. 


Nooga Nutcracker 2020

Film Premiere will be held in December 19th at The Swingin Midway Drive-In

Our present day Nutcracker has always highlighted our great city, but this year Chattanooga Dance Theatre is pulling together local business and organizations to create a festive movie. We will be filming our unique performance around the city. We can't wait to show you this artsy outcome! 

Be a part of it

  • Consider sponsoring our production or purchasing an advertisement in our program

  • Attend our outside Soiree Fundraising Party. More information below.

  • Get your tickets to the last dress rehearsals. Very limited availability. More information below.

  • Bring your young dancer to our outside Clara's Tea. More info below.

  • Join the fun at our movie premiere! Saturday, December 19th at the Swingin Midway Drive-In Theater, 2133 Hwy 30, Athens, TN. Gates Open at 5pm, Movie at 6pm. $7 per person. Tickets available at the gate.  


See the dancers perform live in Studio

Limited Seating. All attendees will be asked to wear a mask.

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Nooga Nutcracker Soiree

It takes a village to support a dance company and we are fortunate to have just that. Delight in an evening party with drinks, food, games, and film on an outside projector. Chattanooga Dance Theatre's Sponsor Soiree 2020 will also include a meet and greet with nationally acclaimed dancer (and Nooga Nutcracker guest dancer, Sterling Baca). $25 Ticket price includes one drink ticket, appetizer, and entertainment. Entire event is outdoors to accommodate social distancing. 21 and up please. 

When: November 21st 5:30-7pm

Where: Exile Off Main, 1634 Rossville Ave

Proceeds benefit costumes, stage, and props of Nooga Nutcracker 2020 

Clara's Tea 2020

Perfect for young audience members to enjoy a Nooga Nutcracker experience. Enjoy an afternoon filled with a paint-a-pointe-shoe craft, a mini-performance of the Nooga Nutcracker, opportunities for physically distanced photos with Nooga Nutcracker characters, and Tea and Cookies! Clara's Tea will take place outside this year to better accommodate for distance. 

Where: The stage at Red Bank Park, 3800 Dayton Blvd

When: December 6th, 2pm-3:30pm or 4pm-5:30pm

Tickets: $25 for children, $15 for adults (adult ticket does not include a craft) 


Nooga Nutcracker Cast 2020


Ailey Nye


Ta’sean Honeysucker


Frank Hay


Clara’s Mother

Kaleigh Caviness


Clara’s Father

Erik Caviness


Freddie (Clara’s brother)

Buddy Himrod


Party Parents

Josiah Gerardot, Sarah Gerardot, Amy Prater, Jonathan Prater



Emily Schebler


Party Children

McKenna Harahus, Leni Himrod, Chloe Cole, Zoey English


Ballerina Doll

Trinity Baxter


Moc Doll

Ashlee Parker


Mouse Queen

Emily Schebler


Mouse Corps

Madison Angel, Emie Behar, Elizabeth Eppoliti, Caroline Oakman, Trinity Phillips, Rachel Winn


Mini Mocs

Olivia Chandler, Evanne Early, Gray Goodman, Cayleigh Mainord, Charlee Cate Prater, Lorelei Stone, Lucy Williford,


Snow Queen

Chloe Russell


Snow King

Caio Godoy


Snow Corps

Trinity Baxter, Robin Hansen, Meg Hayton, Elly Ireland, Delaney Kieu, Trinity Mease, Ashlee Parker, Trinity Phillips, Emily Schebler, Shelby Williams, (Understudy: Andrea Solis)


Mountain Fairies

Madison Angel, Emie Behar, Elizabeth Eppoliti, Alyssa Granberry, Caroline Oakman,


Mountain Sprites

Eliana Grazev, Kara Hayton, Natalie Henderson, Quinn Lail, Olivia Tankersley, Colette Taylor,


Sugar Plum Fairy

Andrea Solis



Sterling Baca


Carousel Riders (en Pointe)

McKenna Behar, Robin Hansen, Trinity Phillips


Aquarium Fish

Delaney Kieu, Chloe Russell


Tennessee River Lead

Shelby Williams


River Corps

Meg Hayton, Chloe Russell, Andrea Solis, Rachel Winn


Carousel Animals

Victoria Kelly, Brooklyn Kubiszk, Sammye Miller, Giselle Sladin



Meg Hayton, Caio Godoy,


Southern Belles

Trinity Mease (lead), Elly Ireland, Delaney Kieu, (Understudy: Ashlee Parker)


Mother Mountain

Melissa Miller



Seanna Mainord, Caitlin Oakman, Madeline Reed, Hope Wilkey


Dew Drop Fairies

Trinity Baxter, Trinity Mease, Shelby Williams (understudy: Emily Schebler)



McKenna Behar, Robin Hansen, Meg Hayton, Elly Ireland, Delaney Kieu, Ashlee Parker, Trinity Phillips, Emily Schebler, (understudies: Chloe Russell, Andrea Solis)

Nooga Nutcracker Sponsors 2020