PERFORMING AMAZING FEATS OF STORYTELLING SINCE 2001
 
 

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The Nutcracker

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Created by Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O’Donnell, and Tommy Rapley

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 5 2015 to Dec 31 2015
Location:

Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago

Director:

Writer:

Cast:

  • James Houton
    Drosselmeyer
  • Jaclyn Hennell
    Clara
  • David
  • Andrew Lund
    Hugo
  • Rachel Shapiro
    Phoebe
  • Ian Maryfield
    U/S Fritz, Monkey, and Hugo
  • Laura McClain
    U/S Martha, Phoebe
  • Jeremy Sonkin
    U/S David, Drosselmeyer
  • Desmond Gray
    Fritz
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

FAMILY DAY at The Nutcracker
Sunday, Nov 22, 2pm - 5pm
It's our first Family Day of the season! Come early for kids' crafts at 2pm, watch the 3pm matinee, and then join in a talkback for kids after the show!  

RSVP for the free crafts portion here.

 

Sugar Plum Cookie Holiday Party at The Nutcracker

Friday, Dec 4, 9:30 - 11pm

Join us on stage for our annual hoiday shindig! Sweets and treats, a photo booth, and a cash bar. FREE

RSVP for the party here.