2015 Nutcracker Performances in Lake County

This year’s Guide to Nutcracker Performances is brought to you by The Dance Academy of Libertyville.

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Few holiday traditions are as timeless as viewing a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. The story of The Nutcracker takes the audience inside the dream of a young girl, named Clara, on Christmas Eve. In this fantastical dream Clara’s toys come to life, including her Nutcracker, who comes to defend her from the Mouse King. The costumes, music, dance, and sets of a well-done production of this beloved show are a true holiday treat.

Nutcracker Performances and Events in Lake County

December 4, 7:00 p.m. & December 5,  5:00 p.m.
Wauconda High School, 555 N Main St, Wauconda
Performed by the Academy of Ballet WaucondaTickets are $12 each.

December 4, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Barrington Dance Academy, 758 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble will host Clara’s Tea.
Tickets are $15-30 each.
December 4 6:00-8:00 p.m. they will present Clara’s Tea. A festive Nutcracker Dance Party & Holiday Tea with Clara and her friends. Children ages 3-8 can take photos with Clara and her friends, play Nutcracker dance games, create a holiday craft and enjoy tea time treats. Reservations by November 30 are required and can be made at 847-382-6333. Tickets are $20 per child.

Lake Forest
December 5 & 6 at 4:00 p.m.
Creesey Center for the Arts, 1500 West Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest
Performed by the North Shore School of Dance
The NSSD’s Nutcracker is a giving Nutcracker. A portion of the proceeds have been donated to various organizations and charity groups over the years. In the past, the cast has made goody bags and sent donations to troops overseas, collected and donated items for Toys for Tots and Save-A-Pet in Grayslake, IL. NSSD also offer a discount to the performance for all military personnel.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 Children age 10 and younger.

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Photo Source: The Magic of the Nutcracker on Facebook

December 5 & 6 3:00 p.m.
Libertyville High School Butler Auditorium, 708 W. Park Ave., Libertyville.
Performed by Dance Center North
For 27 years, Dancenter North’s “The Magic of the Nutcracker” has been Lake County’s favorite version of the classic holiday ballet, as the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara’s dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists.
Tickets are reserved seating and cost, Orchestra $33, Main Floor $26, Balcony $20, Main Rear $15.
Clara’s Dream – a special Nutcracker performance for preschoolers will be performed December 5th at 10:30 a.m.  Reserved seating- Orchestra $15, Main Floor $12

Highland Park
December 5 & 6 4:00 p.m.
Elm Place Middle School Auditorium, 2031 N. Sheridan Rd, Highland Park
Performed by Irina Makkai Classical Ballet & Dance School
Tickets are assigned by payment received, cost is $20 each.

December 10 7:00 p.m. Barrington’s White House, 145 W. Main St.
Children will be treated to meeting cast members from Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble’s production of the Nutcracker. Clara will read the story of the Nutcracker and perform the lovely dance with her special gift from Herr Drosselmeyer.  Enjoy selections from the beloved holiday classic performed by elite young area dancers under the artistic direction of Mary Brennan.

Buffalo Grove
December 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., December 12 & 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove
The Buffalo Grove Studio of Dance is pleased to present the Nutcracker: Rhythm & Grace. This new twist on a beloved classic will feature not only ballet, but incorporate tap, jazz and contemporary as well.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door

Round Lake
December 11 & 12 at 7:00 p.m, December 12 & 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: To Be Announced
Performed by The Dance Theatre The Nutcracker Princess is a
new twist on the classic Nutcracker and will feature the famous music we all love and many different styles of dance.
Ticket price is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

December 12, full 2-hour performance 1:00 pm and 5:00 p.m.
Genessee Theatre, 203 N Genessee, Waukegan
Performed by Dancenter North
Ticket price ranges from $15-$36, tickets.  Read Melissa’s review of last year’s school performance. 

Highland Park
December 13, 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Bennett Gordon Hall, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park
Performed by The Ruth Page Civic Ballet
The much-loved and iconic Chicago production of Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker celebrates 50 years! The Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s popular recreation of this holiday classic will be performed for the first time at the Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall in a special 50th Anniversary presentation for two performances.
Tickets for the event are $10 each.

Lake Zurich
December 17 & 18 at 7:00 p.m., December 19 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; December 20th at 3:00 p.m..
Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St, Lake Zurich
Performed by Illinois Youth Dance Theatre
Ticket price is $12 – 22.

December 18 at 7:00 p.m.; December 19 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; December 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Barrington High School, 616 West Main Street, Barrington
Performed by Barrington Youth Dance Ensemble
Tickets are $15-30 each.
December 4 6:00-8:00 p.m. they will present Clara’s Te
Ticket Price: $15-$30



Other Nutcracker Performances and Events

November 5 – December 31, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30 p.m., Saturdays 3:00 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays 3:00 p.m. and  7:00 p.m.
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, Chicago
Performed by House Theatre of Chicago
A wholly original, ballet-free show back year after year because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the grinch’s side from time to time. Read more in the Parent’s Guide from co-writer Jake Minton.

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Photo Credit: Schaumburg Dance Ensemble

December 4 & 11 at 7:30 p.m., December 5, 6, & 13 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., December 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Prairie Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg
Performed by the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble
Guest Artists and area professional dancers join a cast of over 140 performers. Striking original costumes, vivid sets, live narration, and inventive choreography have helped make the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s production of The Nutcracker a holiday family tradition.
Tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for children.

December 4-27
The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy, Chicago
Performed by The Joffrey Ballet
See Robert Joffrey’s version of this holiday favorite for the last time! Don’t miss this lavish, beloved holiday tradition, with Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by The Chicago Philharmonic. This is the 28th and last time that Robert Joffrey’s Choreographed Nutcracker will be performed.  Tickets start at $32. Find discounted tickets to select shows with Goldstar.

December 6 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont
Performed by Moscow Ballet
The critics love the Great Russian Nutcracker and so do families of all ages. See the 40 world- class Russian dancers, playful 10ft tall puppets and the unmatched splendor of over 200 costumes. Save on the December 6th show with Goldstar.

December 6 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago
Performed by Ballet Chicago and Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band
Your child is star of this performance at the Dance-Along Nutcracker® .  The FREE performances are noon and 3pm under the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome in Preston Bradley Hall (3rd Floor South). One hour before each performance, at 11am and 2pm, members of Ballet Chicago will teach basic ballet positions and movements. Then, dancers of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic with the professionals.

December 11th (time TBA)
The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 E. Palatine Road, Palatine
Performed by the Long Grove Performing Arts Academy — Musical Theatre Troupe
This is NOT the Ballet version!  Join us for a new take on  an old classic, made new again in this wonderful heart warming holiday musical.  Cheer as Nutcracker and his army of Toy Soldiers battle the Mouse King and his army.  Then travel with Nutcracker and Marie from her home to The Kingdom of Sweets. The Nutcracker — A Youth Musical is a student production featuring performers ages 8-13 years of age.

December 12-13 and December 18-20
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago
Performed by Ballet Chicago
Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets. For adults, it is a time to relive cherished memories of childhood. For children who wait with breathless anticipation for the holidays to arrive, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.

December 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Christian Heritage Academy. 315 Waukegan Rd., Northfield
Performed by the North Shore School of Dance
The NSSD’s Nutcracker is a giving Nutcracker. A portion of the proceeds have been donated to various organizations and charity groups over the years. In the past, the cast has made goody bags and sent donations to troops overseas, collected and donated items for Toys for Tots and Save-A-Pet in Grayslake, IL. NSSD also offer a discount to the performance for all military personnel.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 Children age 10 and younger.

December 12, 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. and December 13 2:00 p.m.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Performed by Salt Creek Ballet, this full-length holiday production is performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists!
Tickets range from $20-42

See dancers from Dance Academy of Libertyville perform with the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble. This version of The Nutcracker is very approachable for children with live narration so children understand what is happening.

Schaumburg Nutcracker
Photo Credit: Schaumburg Dance Ensemble

Dance Academy of Libertyville has a faculty of highly experienced teachers, performers, and choreographers. They understand that dance must be taught to children carefully and with encouragement. They provide high quality training for dancers ages 2 to adult and house two companies in residence, Ballet Theatre of Illinois and Jazz Theatre of Illinois.

MOVE Jazz Theatre of Illinois

Get your tickets for the November 22, 2015 performance of MOVE by Jazz Theatre of Illinois which seeks to return dance to its roots as a creative, collaborative, and community-based art form. To that end, a portion of the proceeds from MOVE will be donated to Everybody Dance NOW! Chicago which offers free dance classes in Chicago Public Schools to children who would otherwise not have access to such opportunities.


Disclosure: This guide is sponsored by Dance Academy of Libertyville, a Little Lake County paid advertising partner. 


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