A magical story for Christmas!
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
PRICE: $15 for Previews, $25-$45 for Regular Run.
TIMES: Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm & 7:30pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm & 7:00pm.
The House’s fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will 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.
The Chopin Theatre
1543 W. Division St., Chicago, IL
Martha/Really Scary Rat
Benjamin Sprunger David/Quite Scary Rat
Karl PotthoffDrosselmeyer/Really Quite Scary Rat
Christine WordenClara & Pheobe Understudy
Mike Mazzocca Fritz, Hugo, & Monkey Understudy
Katie Klocke Violin
Patrycja Likos Cello
Anthony Scandora Percussion
- Martha/Really Scary Rat
- Jason GrimmHugo
- Benjamin SprungerDavid/Quite Scary Rat
- Karl PotthoffDrosselmeyer/Really Quite Scary Rat
- Christine WordenClara & Pheobe Understudy
- Mike MazzoccaFritz, Hugo, & Monkey Understudy
- Katie KlockeViolin
- Patrycja LikosCello
- Anthony ScandoraPercussion
Sarah HoeferlinStage Manager
Casey Peek Assistant Stage Manager
Brian Browne Run Crew
Marrissa Miles-Coccaro Run Crew
Jenna Moran Audio Engineer
Ali Drumm Wardrobe Supervisor
Will Dean Master Electrician
Jon Woelfer Scenic Supervisor
Conor Keelan Sub Audio Engineer
Bridgid Danahy Sub Wardrobe
Claire Orzel Sub Wardrobe
- Sarah HoeferlinStage Manager
- Casey PeekAssistant Stage Manager
- Brian BrowneRun Crew
- Marrissa Miles-CoccaroRun Crew
- Jenna MoranAudio Engineer
- Ali DrummWardrobe Supervisor
- Will DeanMaster Electrician
- Jon WoelferScenic Supervisor
- Conor KeelanSub Audio Engineer
- Bridgid DanahySub Wardrobe
- Claire OrzelSub Wardrobe
Mieka van der Ploeg Associate Costume Designer/Costume Manager
Associate Sound Designer
Eleanor Kahn Props Master
Dan Kerr-Hobert Puppet Master
Matthew Muniz Music Director/Pianist
Sally Weiss Assistant Scenic Designer
Will Kirkham Assistant Lighting Designer
Anne Walaszek Assistant Costume Manager
- Scenic Designer
- Costume Designer
- Mieka van der PloegAssociate Costume Designer/Costume Manager
- Lighting Designer
- Sound Designer
- Associate Sound Designer
- Eleanor KahnProps Master
- Dan Kerr-HobertPuppet Master
- Matthew MunizMusic Director/Pianist
- Sally WeissAssistant Scenic Designer
- Will KirkhamAssistant Lighting Designer
- Anne WalaszekAssistant Costume Manager
The rats attempt to end Christmas!
Featuring company members Brenda Barrie and Paige Collins from the 2012 production of The Nutcracker.
The Rat King emerges from within the walls! Will Clara save Christmas from him?
Featuring company members Brenda Barrie and Paige Collins!
“A RIVETING REINVENTION!"
- The Chicago Sun-Times
“IT WILL BRING YOUR FAMILY CLOSER TOGETHER!”
- The Chicago Tribune
“A WARM, KIND, MOVING, INCLUSIVE, AFFORDABLE AND WHOLLY ORIGINAL version of The Nutcracker. ”
- The Chicago Tribune
”You’ll believe in magic!"
“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
“…And if one doesn't have children, never fear, because this show is one of those rare few that can truly be enjoyed by all
(and I do mean all) ages.”
“An AUTHENTIC piece of real life Christmas cheer pitched right at the sweet spot of TRANSFORMATIVE SPECTACLE and ENTHRALLING TALE.”
Special Events at the Nutcracker
Join us Sunday, November 24 for Family Day! Package includes 1:30pm crafts, 3pm show, and a talkback afterwards with members of the cast and crew. Tickets to this full day of fun are $30 and can be purchased HERE.
Before the 7:30pm show on Friday, November 29, we invite you to a preshow conversation with the writers and artists of the show. This event begins at 6:45pm, and is FREE with your ticket purchase.
On Saturday, December 7, we will hold our Holiday Party after the 7:30pm show. Meet and mingle with the artists and staff of The House as we celebrate the holidays!
Immediately following the 7:30pm show on Friday, December 20, join us for a talkback with the artists. This event is FREE with your ticket purchase.