The Magic of the Nutcracker


2019 Production of "The Magic of the Nutcracker" Audition and Casting Dates

Wednesday, August 14       AUDITIONS: The Magic of the Nutcracker

4:30 pm - Ballet 2B, 3A, 3B, 4     6:00 pm - Ballet 5, 6      7:30 pm - Ballet 7, 8

CLICK HERE to download the Nutcracker Audition Packet



August 8            6:30-7:15 pm            Nutcracker Workshop & Parent Discussion Circle

The workshop is for students interested in auditioning for The Magic of the Nutcracker for the first time.  Students will engage in a mock audition with one of the production's directors while the parents have the opportunity to hear more about the logistics of the production and what type of commitment is expected.  Students should wear Ballet attire and be prepared to dance during their workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $5, which also covers the fee for the audition on 8/14.  Please contact Emily Sokoloski at or Samantha Robison at with questions.


August 17-18    Nutcracker Casting

August 24-25    Nutcracker Casting

Students selected for the cast must attend both weekends of casting. 


Studio West Photography is the official photographer for Dancenter North.


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





"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