If you’re a dancer or a lover of dance, nothing puts you in the holiday mood quite like attending a Nutcracker performance! (For myself, it’s right up there with decorating my house and listening to Christmas music non-stop on my favorite Pandora station.) As Chicagoans, we’re so fortunate to have tons of different Nutcracker productions to choose from, though in turn, it also makes the choice of which one to attend somewhat overwhelming. Here’s Part I of a brief breakdown of this year’s Nutcracker shows, starting with this weekend:
Beginning Friday, December 2, is the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble‘s version at the Prairie Center for the Arts, complete with live narration! December 3 brings about a handful of performance openings: Performing Arts Limited (whose director was our featured Teacher of the Month this November!) will present their show at St. Scholastica Academy, featuring guest dancers from the Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance & Ensemble Espanol, as well as featuring a special Nutcracker Tea before Sunday’s performance. Civic Ballet of Chicago begins their Nutcracker Tour this weekend, starting at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, moving on to Elgin Community College, and wrapping it up at College of Lake County. The North Shore School of Dance showcases their 23rd annual production up in Highland Park; we hear that the Sunday show is already sold out, so move quick if you want to snag tickets for the Saturday show! Another Highland Park school, Irina Makkai Classical Ballet & Dance School , will be showcasing excerpts on Saturday only, and it’s said to be a great performance for younger children to attend since it’s shorter in length. Last but not least, the Chicago Cultural Center is hosting a Dance-Along Nutcracker at 12pm & 3pm on December 4. If you find yourself shopping along Michigan Ave. that afternoon and feel the need to put a little Nutcracker in your step, stop in and enjoy this free, interactive event!
Did I leave any out? If so, leave a comment below to add it to the list. Stay tuned for Part II of this series, coming next week! And don’t forget: if you do attend a show this season, be sure to hang on to your ticket stub or a photo from the performance to bring into the boutique during our Nutcracker Discount week!