This is the final year of Robert Joffrey’s version of The Nutcracker. Next year the company will present new choreography. Improving on this grand spectacle will be an enormous responsibility. The stage is completely filled with dancers of all ages in step with the music. From children in costumes such as a gingerbread man to adults dressed as wind up toys. All the sets are stunning and elaborate. For example, the Land of Snow scene is incredible. The snow falls continually and looks amazing in the lights as the dancers move gracefully across the stage. The 15 minute intermission is necessary just to clean the stage!
Tchaikovsky’s score, performed by the Chicago Philharmonic, is fantastic and complements the lavish ballet perfectly. Many of the melodies are instantly recognizable and bring smiles to the audience. Don’t miss this beloved holiday tradition at the Auditorium Theatre now until December 27th.