PERFORMING AMAZING FEATS OF STORYTELLING SINCE 2001
 
 

The Nutcracker

Book by Jake Minton and Phillip Klapperich

Music by Kevin O’Donnell, Lyrics by Jake Minton

Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann 

Directed and Choreographed by Tommy Rapley    

 

PRICES: $15 - $45

TIMES: Thursdays & Fridays 7:30, Saturdays 3:00 & 7:30, Sundays 3:00 & 7:00

SEATS: Performed in the round, with seats on all sides, and always general admission

RUN TIME: 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission

AGES: 5 to 105! Read more in the Parent's Guide from co-writer Jake Minton.

 


We bring this wholly original, ballet-free show back year after year because it truly has something for everyone. The show is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving for even those of us that might be on the grinch’s side from time to time.

 

The House’s fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave girl will risk the darkness, fight the Rat King, and save her family! This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.

 

“Imaginative and inventive! It's more than earned a place in the roster of EXCEPTIONAL Chicago holiday shows. I was teary-eyed in less than five minutes.”
- Chicago Reader

 

“A RIVETING REINVENTION!"
- The Chicago Sun-Times

 

“IT WILL BRING YOUR FAMILY CLOSER TOGETHER!”
- The Chicago Tribune

 

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Show Dates:
Nov 6 2014 to Dec 28 2014
Location:

Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St., Chicago

Director:

Writer:

Cast:

  • Ericka Ratcliff
    Martha/Really Scary Rat
  • Paul Fagen
    David/Quite Scary Rat
  • Jaclyn Hennell
    Clara
  • Karl Potthoff
    Drosselmeyer/Really Quite Scary Rat
  • Shaun Baer
    Fritz
  • Krystal Worrell
    Pheobe
  • Andrew Lund
    Hugo

Artists:

The Nutcracker - Trailer

Audiences of all ages tell us why they love our version of The Nutcracker! 

Homecoming

Clara’s family Christmas party is in full swing, anticipating older brother Fritz’s return on leave for the holidays.

Featured: 2014 Chicago Cast: Ericka Ratcliff* as Martha, Paul Fagen as David, Jaclyn Hennell as Clara, Karl Pothoff as Uncle Drosselmeyer, with ensemble members Andrew Lund, Michael E. Smith, and Krystal Worrell.

*Member Actors Equity Association

Holiday Praise for The Nutcrakcer

“A RIVETING REINVENTION!"
- The Chicago Sun-Times

 

“IT WILL BRING YOUR FAMILY CLOSER TOGETHER!”
- The Chicago Tribune

 

“This show is one of those rare few that can truly be enjoyed by all (and I do mean all) ages.”
-Centerstage

 

“A WARM, KIND, MOVING, INCLUSIVE, AFFORDABLE AND WHOLLY ORIGINAL version of The Nutcracker. ”
- The Chicago Tribune

 

”You’ll believe in magic!" 
–NewCity Stage



“Imaginative and inventive! It's more than earned a place in the roster of EXCEPTIONAL Chicago holiday shows. I was teary-eyed in less than five minutes.”
- Chicago Reader


“An AUTHENTIC piece of real life Christmas cheer pitched right at the sweet spot of TRANSFORMATIVE SPECTACLE and ENTHRALLING TALE.”
-Chicago Critic

Your 2014 cast of The Nutcracker
Martha's Famous Sugar Plum Cookies

A recipe for making the cookies featured in The Nutcracker at The House Theatre of Chicago!

Take a look at these FREE events! Bring your family, Make new friends, create the magic!
 
Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3pm - Lobby Decorating
Deck the halls of the Chopin Lobby! Volunteers are needed to hang lights, wrap (pretend) presents, and decorate the tree! Cookies, milk, and decorations provided. RSVP if you can lend a hand.
 
Sunday, Nov. 23 - Family Day
Pre-show holiday crafts, a 3pm matinee performance, and a talkback just for kids! Buy tickets for this performance!
 
Friday, Nov. 28 - Insider Intro
Join director Tommy Rapley before the 7:30 show for an inside look at the production. Get tickets for this night's show!
 
Saturday, Dec. 6 - Holiday Party
What more can be said? Come party with us directly after the show on the set for a holiday ho-down with the cast of Nutcracker and The House. Get your tickets here!
 
Friday, Dec. 19 - Postshow Talkback
Stick around after the 7:30 show for a post-show Q&A with the actors. Get your tix now!