Nut Remix at the Malco Summer Drive-In!

December 10th and 17th / 6:30pm / Pay-What-You-Can


The annual tradition continues with a twist! New Ballet’s Nut Remix, presented by Nike, will be showing at the Malco Summer Avenue Drive-In December 10th and 17th! Set on Beale Street, Nut Remix is a modern reinvention of Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker that features a stunning array of music and dance styles - from Ballet to Breakdancing and Flamenco to Memphis Jookin! Experience this uniquely Memphis production, starring Charles “Lil Buck” Riley as “The Memphis Angel,” from the comfort and safety of your car! This holiday fundraiser will be a pay-what-you-can event to support scholarships at New Ballet. 

Nearly 200 student dancers bring this performance to life alongside experienced professionals and accompanied by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, Flamenco musicians, and African Drummers! It’s a magical world of movement and music that you’ll never forget!  

Nut Remix has received critical acclaim by The New York Times as one of the three most innovative “Nutcrackers” in America! Nut Remix is also currently featured in Netflix’s docu-series MOVE (season 1, episode 1), which highlights Lil Buck and Jon Boogz. Unless you’ve seen Nut Remix, you’ve never seen a show like this! Tickets must be purchased online in advance.



Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 17 at 6:30 pm

Malco Summer Avenue Drive-In (5310 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122)

**Gates open at 6 pm and the show starts at 6:30 pm. 150 parking spots available. Parking is first-come first-served - arrive early to choose your parking spot! Tickets must be purchased online in advance.



This holiday fundraiser will be a pay-what-you-can event, with a suggested donation of $40 per vehicle. All donations will go toward scholarships for New Ballet students, supporting our mission to provide a professional standard of dance training regardless of the ability to pay. Tickets are available at, and must be purchased in advance (tickets will not be sold at the event).

Ticket reservations close at noon on the day of the show.

Free Tickets for ArtsAccess Cardholders

Current ArtsAccess cardholders will receive free admission for one vehicle. ArtsAccess tickets are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are an ArtsAccess cardholder, please have your card available when you reserve your ticket online as you’ll need to enter your card number to reserve your space. ArtsAccess cards and tickets must be presented at the gate for admittance. If you have any questions, please refer to the ArtsMemphis website. You can also call 901.726.9225 or email kathy [at] newballet [dot] org

Guest Stars

Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley stars as the “Memphis Angel” alongside internationally renowned guest artists Myrna Kamara (Snow Queen), Mel Tomlinson (Drosselmeyer), and Damien Johnson (Snow King). This legendary cast reflects the diverse talent in Memphis while also demonstrating the impact that working with esteemed professionals of color can have on youth. This performance is dedicated in memory of Dr. Mel Tomlinson (1954-2019).

How a Swiss ballet company founder became ‘Nut ReMix’ Snow Queen - Daily Memphian

Mel A. Tomlinson, 65, Ballet Star and ‘Agon’ Interpreter, Dies - The New York Times


Nut Remix is presented by Nike, with additional support from ArtsMemphis, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

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Are you a School Principal or Teacher?

Would you like to book a virtual school performance of Nut Remix? Learn more HERE!