The Magic of the Nutcracker


The largest and most lavish version of the holiday ballet in Lake County! Clara's dream has been brought to life in a beautiful production by Dancenter North that features over 100 performers, including internationally renowned guests artists.  For 29 years, "The Magic of the Nutcracker" has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. 

Directed by Karen Sue Landrian, Created by Cheri Lindell, Studio West Photography




"CLARA'S DREAM" - a shortened 60-min performance for young audience members

Saturday, December 2nd10:30 am

Orchestra- $15  Main/Balcony- $12

*SOLD OUT* >>> Clara's Special Party - immediately following "Clara's Dream": Meet your favorite dancers from the Ballet onstage in the Kingdom of Sweets, take pictures, get autographs, & go home with a goody bag!

Limited-availability tickets - $20/each (admits 1 child and up to 2 adult chaperones)


Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd3:00 pm

Orchestra- $36  Main- $28  Balcony- $23  Main Rear- $15

TICKETS NOW ON SALE! - Dancenter North * 540 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville * 847-367-7970

Click here to view the LHS Butler Auditorium seating chart




Friday, December 8th - 10:00 am

Please contact the Genesee Theatre for pricing & more information: 847-406-3157 


Saturday, December 9th - 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Orchestra- $36  Main- $28  Balcony- $23  Main Rear- $15

TICKETS NOW ON SALE! - Genesee Box Office * 203 N Genesee St, Waukegan or Ticketmaster * 1-800-745-3000

Visit to view the Genesee Theatre seating chart 




"A magical production - the sets and costumes are outstanding and the dancers exquisitely talented! I can't recommend this production highly enough! If you only see one show this holiday season, it should be Dancenter North's Magic of the Nutcracker!"  -Michelle Brown, 2016

"The Magic of the Nutcracker being presented by Dancenter North is a truly brilliant and dazzling spectacle of lavish costuming, precise and beautiful dancing, detailed and elaborate sets and magic. The large cast presents the story of the nutcracker in a two hour solid performance... I was completely awestruck at the beauty of this very professional production. A must see for the holidays."  -John Boss, 2016

"We started our annual Christmas Nutcracker tradition when our older daughter was 4; she is now 48.  We have moved throughout the US and Canada and have celebrated this tradition every year. When our grandchildren were old enough we included them for the next generation of tradition.  We have seen many different productions over these 44 years.  Yesterday... we took our family to see the Dancenter North production at Libertyville High School.  It was beautiful, the sets and scenery, the level of skill and dance from all of the performers, the Christmas Tree that 'grew'...every second was wonderful.  Congratulations to your staff, your actors and dancers, to the set designers, to the sound and lighting engineers.  All was perfect.  We left with smiles and happy hearts.  Thank you."   -Anonymous, 2015