Chicago’s Quintessential Holiday Classic, "Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker," Returns December 11, 12, and 18

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The Ruth Page Civic Ballet is proud to present its annual live production of "Ruth Page's The Nutcracker" featuring original choreography by Ruth Page and co-directed by Victor Alexander and Dolores Lipinski Long, at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 and 5 p.m., and at the College of Lake County’s (CLC) James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, 19351 W. Washington St. in Grayslake, Saturday, Dec. 18 at 1 and 5 p.m. Both events will be live and sold at a 50% capacity.

Central to the Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s performance schedule is its annual presentation of  "Ruth Page's The Nutcracker," the popular recreation of the beloved holiday classic. Originally presented at the Arie Crown Theater from 1965 to 1997, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s performance recreates Ruth Page’s original full-length staging. Featuring a cast of guest artists alongside an elite company, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets, these performances promise world-class entertainment and holiday joy for children of all ages.

Tickets for the NEIU performance are $40 for general admission, $25 for seniors, students and children under the age of 12 years, $10 for NEIU faculty and staff (one ticket per I.D), and $5 for NEIU students (one ticket per I.D). Tickets can be found at

Tickets for the CLC performances are $25 for general admission, $22 for seniors, $20 for faculty/alumni/staff, $15 for students and $10 for children up to age 12. Call (847) 543-2300 or email to purchase tickets for the Grayslake engagement. 

Led by Acting Executive Director Silvino da Silva, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts’ mission is to be a platform for developing great artists and connecting them with audiences and community. To learn more about the Ruth Page Civic Ballet and all organizations supported by The Ruth Page Center, visit

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Northeastern Illinois University

3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 442-4636