What has become a fabric of Chicago’s holiday season, Robert Joffrey's Ballet “The Nutcracker” celebrates its 28th and final year this year, in 2015 with a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, December 4 – 27, 2015.
Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater comments “Robert Joffrey’s “The Nutcracker” has been an indelible trademark of The Joffrey Ballet’s repertoire for twenty-eight strong years, adding "As we continue to celebrate our 60th anniversary season honoring the company’s countless milestones and continued growth, we’re honored to commemorate this production’s enduring legacy one final time.”
Although the original Robert Joffrey Nutcracker which he choreographed in 1987 when he replaced the traditional European setting with a 19th century American home, populating it with toys from his own childhood is going away after this December, a newly imagined "Nutcracker" will be taking its place in 2016.
For the 2016-2017 season, The Joffrey Ballet has commissioned Christopher Wheeldon to create a new Nutcracker that will receive its World Premiere in December 2016.
Audiences may remember Wheeldon through some of his recent works for The Joffrey Ballet, including Swan Lake in 2014 and the Chicago Premiere of Fool’s Paradise just this fall.
At this year's Nutcracker Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck will led The Chicago Philharmonic providing live accompaniment of the classic Tchaikovsky score for every performance.
The full Joffrey company will be joined by 118 young dancers from across the Chicagoland area—dancing as Party Girls and Boys, Polichinelles (Mother Ginger’s children), Battle Mice and Mounted Mice, Soldiers, Snow Tree Angels and Dolls—and young vocalists from five different local children’s choirs.
The Joffrey Ballet performs The Nutcracker at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 27. The full schedule is: Friday, Dec. 4, 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 5, 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 pm; Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 pm; Friday, Dec. 11, 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, Dec. 13, 1 pm and 6 pm; Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 pm; Friday, Dec. 18, 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, Dec. 20, 2 pm and 7 pm; Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2 pm and 7 pm; Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2 pm and 7 pm; Thursday, Dec. 24, 2 pm; Saturday, Dec. 26, 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday Dec. 27, 2 pm.
Tickets range from $32-$136 and are available at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by telephone at (800) 982-2787 or online at Ticketmaster.
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