It's The Joffrey Ballet's 23rd anniversary of
Chicagoland's most popular family holiday dance event.
For more than 20 years, the magical experience of Robert
Joffrey's production of "The Nutcracker"
has captured the hearts and minds of audiences of all ages.
This year's run, which continues until Dec. 26, has an extra
special hold on the wide eyes that await this annual tradition.
Now playing at the Auditorium Theatre of
Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, it
features the expansive Joffrey Ballet company, with bonus talent
abounding from local children's choruses and more than 120 young
This season's performances are dedicated to the late
Richard Ellis, who danced the role of Drosselmeyer
for 27 years in Ruth Page's production of the
The Chicago Sinfonietta, the official orchestra
of The Joffrey Ballet, under the baton of The Joffrey's Music
Director Scott Speck, provides live musical
accompaniment of the beloved Tchaikovsky
The production features nothing-short-of-stunning scenic design
by Oliver Smith, lighting by Jack
Mehler and the annual show-stopping trademark giant puppet
of Mother Ginger and her "filled with surprises" flowing dress
designed by Kermit Love.
The Joffrey's uniquely American production of "The Nutcracker"
is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's early 19th century
German tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse
This distinctly original production of the holiday classic
combines classical elegance with thrilling explosive action, set
amidst lavish period costumes and spectacular scenery depicting
Victorian America in the 1850s.
Snowflakes and flowers dominate the stage in a celebration of
dance, as toys come joyfully to life amidst familiar characters
such as Clara (played with grace and beauty by Anastacia
Holden), her mischievous brother Fritz (who, played by
Ricardo Santos, gives this role his everything),
along with the King and Queen of the glorious Land of Snow, the
Sugar Plum Fairy, the warring Mice led by the Mouse King, the
Nutcracker Prince and the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer.
This production is mesmerizing holiday magic for audiences of
Gerald Arpino, co-founder and artistic director
emeritus of The Joffrey Ballet, choreographed the Land of the Snow
scene, which closes Act I, and the Waltz of the Flowers in Act
Choirs also delight audiences with popular seasonal selections
in the Auditorium Theatre's main lobby 30 minutes prior to curtain
and during intermissions at every performance.
Tickets range from $30 to $115 at (800) 982-2787 or
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