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The Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker

10th Anniversary Production
Created by Company Members Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell, and Tommy Rapley
Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Direction and Choreography by Company Member Tommy Rapley

 

RUN DATES: November 8 – December 29, 2019
TIMES: Thursdays & Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 3:00 & 7:30pm, Sundays 3:00 & 7:00pm
PRICES: $20 - $50
GROUPS: 10+ people? START HERE to save up to 30%!
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

 

Celebrating a full decade of making holiday memories with more than 30,000 audience members, The House brings this wholly original, ballet-free show back for its 10th Anniversary production. Appearing again at the Chopin Theatre, and featuring all-new puppets, The Nutcracker is fast-paced, beautifully choreographed, family-friendly, and moving, even for those of us that might be on the Grinch’s side from time to time.

 

This fantastical expansion of the holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas in the face of grief. With the help of a magical nutcracker, the brave girl risks the darkness, fights the Rat King, and saves her family. A modern holiday tradition weaving together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, and original songs, this spellbinding spectacle tells 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 

 

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

 

 

Show Dates: Nov 8 2019 to Dec 29 2019 Location: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division St, Chicago IL

Director:

Writer:

Cast:

  • Amanda de la Guardia
    Drosselmeyer
  • Benjamin Sprunger
    Marty/Really Scary Rat
  • Nicholas Bailey*
    David/Quite Scary Rat
  • Amaris Sanchez*
    Clara
  • Colin Morgan
    Hugo
  • Rachel Shapiro
    Phoebe
  • Dwayne Edwards
    Fritz

Crew:

  • Miranda Anderson
    Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Abbie Reed
    Master Carpenter
  • Jamie Karas
    Props Master
  • Liz Gomez
    Master Electrician
  • Andrew Long
    Sound Supervisor
  • Kenny Cole
    Audio Engineer
  • Ren Barkley
    Run Crew
  • Sophie Goddard
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Elura Rogers
    Run Crew

Artists:

  • Scenic Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Mieka van der Ploeg
    Associate Costume Designer
  • Jerica Hucke
    Costume Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Clare Roche
    Associate Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Grover Hollway
    Associate Sound Designer
  • Jon Schneidman
    Music Director
  • Orchestrations
  • Additional Casting
  • Chicago Puppet Studio
    Puppet Design (Rat King)
  • Jon Schneidman
    Piano
  • Jess McIntosh
    Violin
  • Donna Miller
    Cello
  • Christian Moreno
    Percussion
  • Sarah Younker
    French Horn
  • Rebecca Schwartz
    Assistant Choreographer
  • Sotirios Livaditis
    Assistant Scenic Designer
  • Jeanette Rodriguez
    Assistant Costume Director
Our modern, ballet-free tradition returns!
Raves for The Nutcracker

“IT WILL BRING YOUR FAMILY CLOSER TOGETHER!”
– 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. ”
– 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

SPECIAL EVENTS at The Nutcracker 

Young Professionals Night

Pre-show on Thursday, December 12
Enjoy a pre-show mix n' mingle with drinks & apps and a ticket to the 7:30 show!
 

Family Day

Sunday, November 24, 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Family Day offers "extras" for our younger guests ages 5+. Come early for kids' crafts including cookie decorating from our partners at Lakeview Whole Foods. Watch the 3:00pm matinee, and then join in character meet-n-greet for kids after the show.

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES at The Nutcracker

Relaxed/Sensory-Friendly

Saturdays November 30 at 3:00pm, December 7 at 3:00pm, and December 28 at 3:00pm

Open Captioned

Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm

Touch Tour & Audio Described

Saturday, December 14: (tour at 2:00pm, performance at 3:00pm)

 


Discounted tickets for Sensory-Friendly, Open Caption, and Audio Description are offered to those on our ACCESS listserv. Please join the listserv with this link.

Questions? Call us at (773) 769-3832 or email us at access@thehousetheatre.com.

Learn more about ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES here.