WTTW members receive 20% off tickets to The Nutcracker presented by Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet and New Philharmonic on December 20 and 21 at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage!
The Nutcracker plays a beloved role in the MAC traditional celebration of the Christmas season. Dating from an 1892 premiere in Moscow, it is a fairy tale ballet in two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. As the party ends, a dream takes the young daughter on many adventures. This full-scale production features magical choreography, lavish scenery, exquisite costumes, and a live full orchestra – a treat for the entire family!
Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) again offers ballet fans its annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring a record 175 dancers – from four-year-olds to grandparents – supported by more than 100 volunteers. Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the 90-minute production follows Clara, Fritz, and the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer from the family holiday party and the midnight battle with the Mouse King and his troops through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Each year, HPSD casts a Chicago VIP as the honorary Mother Ginger. This year, Hyde Park Bank President Mike McGarry is taking on the role.