Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) offers fans of ballet and hip hop its annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring 206 dancers—from four-year-olds to grandparents—supported by more than 100 volunteers.
Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the 90-minute narrated production follows Clara, Fritz and the mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer from the family holiday party and the midnight battle with the Mouse Queen and her troops through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 at 1 and 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m.
Mandel Hall on the University of Chicago campus
1131 E. 57th Street
$33 for reserved seating (all ages);
General admission tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children ages six to 18 and students with ID and free for children younger than six (but must reserve).
Tickets and information are available at 773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org.
Photo: Damien Thompson