Tis the season for Sugar Plum Fairies. There's a Nutcracker close to you - with various age range of performers - from the Joffrey's epic production to the Nutcracker on Ice. Check out or most comprehensive list.
The Nutcracker opens Nov. 8 and runs through Dec. 28. Performances are most Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m., with certain performances at 12:30 p.m.
Meet the young Clara and her hero, the Nutcracker, as you are transported on a magical journey, encountering waltzing flowers, giant mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy along the way. Sunday's performance also includes special admission to the "Sugar Plum Party" where audience members can meet characters from "The Nutcracker," step onto the stage and enjoy refreshments. Performances are 1 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Hinsdale Central High School auditorium. At 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 7, the performances will take place at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.
Performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Performances take place at the Batavia Fine Arts Center in Batavia. After the Saturday matinee, there is a Behind the Scenes Tour for $50 that lets visitors see the sets, costumes and characters, plus take photos with the Nutcracker or Sugar Plum Fairy on stage in front of the set. Purchase tickets at (630) 937-8930 or at bataviafineartscentre.org.
Performances run Dec. 6-28, 2013 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets available at (800) 982-2787 or ticketmaster.com.
Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington. Tickets are available at www.byde.org, by phone at (847) 382-6333 or in person at the Barrington Dance Academy, 758 W. Northwest Highway, Barrington. Join the cast for "Clara's Tea" before the matinee performances, Dec. 7-8 12:30 p.m.
Live narration provided by wizardly toymaker Drosselmeyer immediately captivates young audiences, as he unfolds a dreamlike tale of a young girl's encounters with royal subjects, fairies, and a cast of over 100 dancers and performers. Runs Dec. 6-15.
The Magic of the Nutcracker will be presented at Libertyville High School's Butler Auditorium on 3 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Libertyville High School is located at 708 West Park Avenue. There will also be a special "storybook" version for preschoolers, "Clara's Dream", at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday December 7th, also at Libertyville High School. Tickets for these performances can only be purchased through Dancenter North by calling (847) 367-7970, or by stopping by in person at their office at 540 N. Milwaukee Ave. The Nutcracker will also be performed at the Genesee Theatre in Waukeganat 3 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Tickets for the Genesee Theatre performances are available at their box office at 203 N. Genesee Street, or by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 559-1212. Tickets for these two performances can also be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster's website at ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit themagicofthenutcracker.com.
The holiday ballet is performed at Lake Forest High School Raymond Moore Auditorium at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets available through the North Shore School of Dance.
Skip the trip downtown and savor a classic Nutcracker Ballet with a sweet twist featuring professional dancers, youth company Ensemble Español in "The Chocolate Variation", and students of community-based arts school Performing Arts Limited located in the heart of Rogers Park. Nutcracker Tea at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 to includes local treats and impromptu twirls with the cast and Sugar Plum Fairy. Performances run 2 p.m. Dec. 7-8.
Guest dancers from nationally renowned dance companies join the Rockford orchestra and the local talent of the Rockford Dance Company to present this holiday tradition. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8.
Duke It Out is a fun morning for families beginning with an Instrument Petting Zoo and a choice of two performances, each featuring the classical and jazz versions of the holiday tradition The Nutcracker Suite, with dancers from Foster Dance Company and musicians from Axiom Brass and Quintet Attacca.
This production features guest artists and members of Naperville's DanceWest Ballet Company. The performance lasts about two hours. Call (630) 637-SHOW for tickets. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 14; 1 p.m. Dec. 15.
Performances are Dec. 14-22 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, Chicago. Tickets area available at www.athenaeumtheatre.org, by phone at (773) 935-6875, or by visiting the Athenaeum box office.
Performances at Dominican University Performing Arts Center Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. Performances are Dec. 12-16.
Hyde Park School of Dance performs the classic, preceded by a holiday show featuring the school's youngest dancers. Performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Mandel Hall, 1311 E. 57th St., (57th and University Avenue).
Tchaikovsky's world renowned music is brought to life through the talent and grace of Svalander's ballet company. Performances run Dec. 14-22.
The tea features refreshments and special activities such as making ornaments, coloring Nutcracker pictures, photograph opportunities with the characters, and autographs by cast members. The Sugar Plum Fairy and other characters from the ballet will be in costume and kids are welcome to attend in costume. The tea ends in time to attend the 1 p.m. Nutcracker ballet.
Performances run 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21; 3 p.m. Dec. 22.