Local productions of “The Nutcracker” are being performed throughout Lake County in December, but for the fifth year in a row, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet of Chicago will bring its one-of-a-kind production to the College of Lake County’s James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake.
Three shows will be presented: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
The Civic Ballet has re-created Ruth Page’s beloved original full-length staging of “The Nutcracker” featuring choreography inspired by the experience of Dolores Lipinski and the late Larry Long. Presented until 1997 in the Arie Crown Theatre, this holiday classic is known nationally for its dramatization and beauty. “The Nutcracker” features superb dancing, amazing costumes and magical settings.
“With sold-out performances the last few years, we are thrilled to once again present the Ruth Page Civic Ballet of Chicago at the James Lumber Center,” said Gwethalyn J. Bronner, executive director of the James Lumber Center. “It’s truly a holiday favorite for all ages! Our young patrons (and those who are young at heart) especially enjoy the hot chocolate and photo opportunities in the lobby with favorite characters like the Mouse King after the performance.”
The Ruth Page Civic Ballet, a small classical company of talented young dancers, is now in its 15th season. It was founded by Dolores Lipinski Long and her husband Larry Long (who passed away in 2009) the original directors of the Ruth Page School of Dance. They are also known in Chicago for directing the Ruth Page Chicago Tribune Charities Nutcracker at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago for 31 years and founding the Ruth Page Foundation School in Chicago.
General admission tickets are $31/$28/$23; children under age 12 are $13; teens and CLC students are $16. Prices include a $1 per ticket JLC facility fee.
Tickets are discounted for CLC staff, seniors 65 and over and members of the CLC Alumni Association. Additional fees may apply. Discounts are available for groups of six or more adults. Three price levels of seating are available in the 600-seat Mainstage Theatre, which offers wheelchair access and is ADA accessible.
Submitted by the College of Lake County