"The Nutcracker"

Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center

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In a Nutshell

Young ballet ensemble performs this classic holiday tale with professional guest artists and elaborate costumes and sets

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Expiration varies. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for availability. No refunds or exchanges. All patrons 1 or older require a ticket. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $11 for one ticket for gold section seating on Thursday (up to $17 value)
  • $14 for one ticket for orchestra seating on Thursday (up to $22 value)
  • $15 for one ticket for gold section seating on Friday or Saturday (up to $22 value)
  • $18 for one ticket for orchestra seating on Friday or Saturday (up to $27 value)
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  • Thursday, December 17, at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, December 18, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19, at 5 p.m.

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 Marie 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, Marie 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.

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