Nutcracker Performances in Lake County presented by Dance Academy of Libertyville

Christmas in Lake County

The 2019 Guide to Nutcracker Performances is presented by Dance Academy of Libertyville. See DAL dancers perform the Nutcracker at the Prairie Center for the Arts December 6-15!

Music. Magic. Mystery. Mesmerizing dancers. Along with Santa, the Sugar Plum Fairy is also coming to town. The Nutcracker is a favorite family holiday tradition. My girls love getting dressed up and having a girls’ day enjoying one of the most beautiful performances of the season. With some of the country’s most accomplished dance studios right in our area, there are plenty of opportunities for your family to enjoy this time-honored, traditional performance. Read on to find out where to see The Nutcracker in Lake County and the surrounding areas this holiday season.

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Nutcracker Performances in Lake County

Schaumburg Dance Ensemble – The Nutcracker
Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg | (847) 895-3600
December 6, 13 & 14 at 7:30 p.m.
December 7, 8, & 15 at 1:00 & 5:00 p.m.
December 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Schaumburg’s dazzling production of Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet continues to fill the house and delight audiences of all ages while featuring live narration and a cast of over 40 dancers from all over the Lake County area.  The Nutcracker follows the adventures of young Clara, who visits a dream world of beautifully costumed characters, including leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, and of course, the graceful Sugar Plum Fairy. Younger children will appreciate the narrator telling the story as it progresses.

Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble – The Nutcracker
Barrington High School Auditorium, 616 W. Main Street, Barrington | (847) 382-6333
November 22 & 23 at 7:00 p.m.
November 23 & 24 at 2:00 p.m.
BDE’s 25th Annual production of The Nutcracker features over 100 area performers as well as professional guest dancers. A timeless tale of Clara’s magical journey into the Land of Sweets, children and adults alike are sure to be captivated by the ballet’s choreography, costumes, music, set, and holiday flair.

North Shore School of Dance The Nutcracker
Lake Forest Academy, 1500 Kennedy Rd., Lake Forest
December 14 at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
December 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Each year, this sold-out production includes performing guest artists and dancers from the North Shore and surrounding suburbs. Over 75 dancers are cast, including students, adults, and professional dancers. This hour-long ballet is appropriate for children of all ages and continues to be a family tradition on the North Shore.

The Nutcracker
Photo Credit: Schaumburg Dance Ensemble

Dancenter North – Clara’s Dream
Butler Auditorium at Libertyville High School, 708 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville | (847) 367-7970
Saturday December 14, 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy a shortened presentation of The Magic of the Nutcracker designed specifically for a young audience, with all the same cast, choreography, and grandeur of the full-length performances.  Children will be delighted by Clara’s adventures, beginning with her family’s annual Christmas party and her mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer. Excitement builds in a spectacular battle scene with over-sized mice and soldier dolls.  Finally, Clara travels to the Kingdom of Sweets where she is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from all around the world!  Tickets (additional cost) are also available for Clara’s Special Party on stage following the performance. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with the dancers, photos, autographs, and goody bags! Tickets are limited for this event. Learn More at Clara’s Dream the Nutcracker for Preschoolers.

Dancenter North – The Magic of the Nutcracker
Butler Auditorium at Libertyville High School, 708 W. Park Avenue, Libertyville | (847) 367-7970
December 14 & 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Genesee Theater, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan |  1-800-982-2787
December 6, 10:00 a.m. (school show) and 7:00 p.m.,
The largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara’s dream is brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guest artists.  For 30 years, The Magic of the Nutcracker has been Lake County’s favorite version of the classic holiday ballet.

The Magic of the Nutcracker Dancenter North
Photo Source: The Magic of the Nutcracker on Facebook

Ruth Page Civic BalletThe Nutcracker
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at CLC, Grayslake
December 14 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.
The Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s popular recreation of the holiday classic The Nutcracker is back for two performances only. Originally presented at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 until 1997, this production recreates Ruth Page’s iconic and beloved original full-length staging. Featuring international guest artists alongside the Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s elite company, experience the exquisite dancing, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets like never before!

Ballet MakkaiThe Nutcracker
Gorton Community Center, Center, 400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest
December 14 & 15 at 4:00 p.m.
The Ballet Makkai Youth Company and students from the Irina Makkai Classical Ballet School perform The Nutcracker. Let your visions of Sugar Plums become reality with this family holiday favorite. Join Clara at her party where she receives the gift of a lifetime, battles giant mice, and travels through a Winter Wonderland to visit the Land of Sweets. See your favorites candies come to life and dance, full of colorful costumes and exciting choreography, the Ballet Makkai Nutcracker is fun for the whole family.

Illinois Youth Dance Theater – The Nutcracker
Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center, 300 Church Street, Lake Zurich | (847) 438-4500
December 19 & 20 at 7:00 p.m.
December 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Illinois Youth Dance Theatre’s 20th annual production of Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker. It is a joyous family occasion you will not want to miss. With local dancers and professional guest dancers, this show will light up your holiday season.

Find McHenry County Nutcracker performances at Little McHenry County.

Worth the Trip:

Joffrey Ballet – Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago | (312) 386-8905
November 30 – December 29 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00.p.m. 
Discover the magic of Chicago’s mysterious 1893 World’s Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey’s astounding new Nutcracker — brilliantly re-imagined by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as we celebrate our beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the 21st century, an electrifying holiday tale that will leave you breathless.

Where will you take your children to see The Nutcracker this year?


See dancers from Dance Academy of Libertyville perform with the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble. The Prairie Center for the Arts version of The Nutcracker is wonderful for all ages. A live narrator helps the story truly come alive.

Dance Academy of Libertyville’s faculty has been providing quality training for dancers ages 2 thru adult, for over 20 years. With careful attention to detail and encouragement, dancers learn the skills to excel not just in dance but in all areas they choose to pursue. Dance Academy of Libertyville is also proud to house two pre-professional companies;  Ballet Theatre of Illinois and Jazz Theatre of Illinois.

Disclosure: Dance Academy f Libertyville is a paid advertising sponsor of the Nutcracker guide.

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