Merrimack native performing in Boston Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Merrimack native Autumn Tierney, of Derry, is performing in Boston Ballet’s production of Mikko Nissinen’s "The Nutcracker" in the role of Sugar Plum Attendant.

Tierney has been a student at the Boston Ballet School for less than a year.

This timeless holiday classic will run from Nov. 27-Dec. 31 at the Boston Opera House.

Tierney began her ballet training at age 14 with Patricia Lavoie at Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater in Bedford after dancing since age 6 at Kathy Blake Dance Studios.

She has attended summer ballet programs at Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

While dancing with the Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet performing company, Tierney had the privilege of participating in the Regional Dance America Northeast Festival, most recently as a soloist in Ashley Walton’s "Impetus," which earned her the National Choreographic Recognition Award.

Tierney has previously performed featured roles in Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater’s production of "The Nutcracker" (Arabian soloist, Dew Drop Fairy) at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Tierney is a senior in high school and a student in the Boston Ballet School’s Pre-Professional program. She joins more than 200 other young students from around New England in "The Nutcracker."

Three casts will take on various roles, such as toy soldiers, pages, reindeer, lambs, polichinelles, baby mice and party children during Boston Ballet’s 42 performances of "The Nutcracker."

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