LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL – More than 60 students from Marlowe Middle School will present a unique and creative version of the play The Nutcracker: Clara and the White City in three public performances December 12, 13 and 14 at District 158’s Performing Arts Center. Performances on Friday and Saturday will be at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s matinee will be held at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, and tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.
This original comedy, featuring the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and many of the same characters found in the traditional Nutcracker ballet, is set in Chicago during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Among the special treats of this production will be a fight scene between the mice and tin soldiers, beautiful and exotic dancers, falling snow and Wild West celebrities from the Chicago World’s Fair including Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley – definitely not your traditional Nutcracker Ballet!
The Nutcracker: Clara and the White City, written by District 158 graduate Holly Beardsley, produced and costumed by Janet Burkhalter, and directed by Mary Foerster, also features artistic director Blair Burkhalter and dance instructors Caitlyn Smith, Sophie Arvanites and Dani Bahn. This fantastical interpretation of a holiday classic delivers plenty of “ballet” laughs and good cheer!
Put a new twist on your holidays and bring the whole family to see a modern take on an old favorite.
District 158’s Performing Arts Center is located at Huntley High School, 13719 Harmony Road in Huntley. For more information, please contact Janet Burkhalter or Mary Foerster at (847) 659-4700.