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 II of a brief breakdown of this year’s Nutcracker shows, continuing on with the shows that are opening this weekend:
Beginning on Friday, there’s the production that’s hailed as “America’s #1 Nutcracker”; can you guess the company? Chicago’s own, Joffrey Ballet! Their show can be seen until December 27 at the awe-inspring Auditorium Theatre. Also opening on Friday is a twist on the traditional Nutcracker, Robert Crown Center’s Nutcracker On Ice in Evanston! Everyone from ice skating students to competitive figure skaters bring this story to life. A long list of performances commence on Saturday, including the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Rosemont Theatre (complete with a Southport Performing Arts Conservatory children’s cast), Ballet Chicago‘s version at the Athenaeum Theatre, Le Ballet Petite‘s presentation at St. Scholastica Theatre and the Hyde Park School of Dance‘s show at The University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall . Lastly, there’s the Legere Dance Centre Nutcracker in Cicero, featuring a full orchestra and none other than Allegro’s own Megan Walsh!
Did I leave any out? If so, leave a comment below to add it to the list. Stay tuned for Part III, the last 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!