The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker

A modern, ballet-free tradition for the Holidays!

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


RUN DATES: November 8-December 30, 2018 - Tickets on sale now!

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

PRICES: $20 - $50

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

RUN TIME: 2 hours, including one 15 minute intermission



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

"Put THE NUTCRACKER on your list. It'll pull at your heartstrings while hitting your funny bone." - The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended 


- The Chicago Tribune



Show Dates: Nov 8 2018 to Dec 30 2018 Location: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago