Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies: The magic of The Nutcracker comes to Chicago’s suburbs

The Nutcracker ballet is a special holiday tradition loved by generations. It premiered December 17, 1892 in Moscow, but you don’t have to travel far to see the Sugar Plum Fairy twirl across the stage to the gorgeous score by Tchaikovsky.

The curtain will go up on several performances of the Nutcracker ballet around the Chicago suburbs in the coming weekends. Tickets are still available, so you and your favorite dancers can spend some magical time together at this fairy tale ballet.

Western suburbs:

Von Hedicke’s Chicago Festival Ballet and New Philharmonic Orchestra

Location: McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage,425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn

Dates/Times: Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets: $43 Adults; $41 for seniors; $32 for youth ages 18 and under

Order here or call (630) 942.4000

The MAC will host a Tea Party prior to the matinée performances, complete with sandwiches, scones, sweets and tea for an additional $25 per person. There will also be a free MAC Chat prior to both evening performances. This marks Von Heidecke’s 25th Anniversary staging of “The Nutcracker” and features dazzling sets and the music of the New Philharmonic, a professional orchestra in residence at the MAC.

North Shore:

Salt Creek Ballet with accompaniment by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Dates/Times: Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: Available at $20, $32, $41

Order here or call (847) 673-6300 or (630) 769-1199

The North Shore is in for a treat with this performance featuring fantastic new sets and costumes. Guest artists Milena Garcia and Ilya Kozadayev are scheduled to perform.

Northwestern suburbs:

The Schaumburg Dance Ensemble

Location: Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg

Dates/Times: Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets: $26 for adults, $18 children, students and seniors 62+

Order here or call (847) 895-3600

With over 100 performers taking on inventive choreography, there is a lot to see at this performance. It also features live narration, which makes following the story easier for younger ones or those unfamiliar with the story.

Barrington Dance Academy

Location: Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington

Dates: Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $28 for adults, $25 for children, students and seniors

Order here or call (847) 382-6333

Tea with Clara will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20th 12:30 p.m.. Tickets are $20 for children, and free for an accompanying adult. The performance features both professional guest artists and dedicated local students, as well as extravagant sets and costumes.

Lake County:

Dancecenter North

Location: Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan

Dates/Times: Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets: $15, $23, $28, $36

Order here or call (847) 263-6300

Dancenter North’s production of “The Magic of the Nutcracker” bills itself as the largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County. It also features more than 100 performers.

Illinois Youth Dance Theater

Location: Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center, 300 Church Street, Lake Zurich

Dates: Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 21 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: From $15 to $25

Order here or call (847) 438-4500 opt. 3

The Illinois Youth Dance Theater celebrates its 15th production of The Nutcracker with this staging, which it promises will please the whole family.

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