- One ticket to see Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker or Lightwire Theater's The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare
- Where: Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King's head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate. Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky's dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers, and regal fairy queens. The "Waltz of the Snowflakes" floats weightlessly, whereas the "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must. Additionally, attendees may meet cast members and take a photo with Santa at 3 p.m.
Lightwire Theater's The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare
Blending ballet, puppetry, and a laser light show, the story dancers of Lightwire Theater update two timeless fables with costumes outlined in electroluminescent wire. Fresh off her appearance in the semi-finals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, the bright-blue star of The Ugly Duckling appears as a cross between a firework and a cartoon character. During the show, she bursts from her shell and clownishly trips up the precise parade of her green stepsiblings. Hans Christian Andersen’s moral rings as true as it did 169 years ago, but the innovators bring the story to its natural climax as the growing swan faces off against a dastardly ninja cat. The Tortoise & the Hare receives a similar update as its overconfident bunny is waylaid by such distractions as his cell phone and a television.