The Magic of the Nutcracker

Make this season truly magical for your family with this beloved holiday classic, joyfully returning to theatres in December! 

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 33 years, "The Magic of the Nutcracker" has been Lake County's favorite version of the classic holiday ballet. 


Directed by Stacy Joy Keller; Created by Cheri Lindell; Studio West Photography

Tickets for The Magic of the Nutcracker at Libertyville High School now on sale! 
December 11 @ 10:30 am
"Clara's Dream"
*a 60-min abridged presentation of The Magic of the Nutcracker, suitable for a very young audience
$17 - Orchestra
$14 - Main / Balcony
*Call 847-367-7970 to add a ticket for Clara's Special Party onstage, immediately following the performance! Tickets are limited for this popular event... don't wait!
December 11 & 12 @ 3:00 pm
$38 - Orchestra
$30 - Main
$25 - Balcony
$17 - Main Rear
Tickets are also available for purchase in person or by phone through Dancenter North.
5410 Grand Avenue
Gurnee, IL 60031
Senior Groups & Girl Scout Troops: Call Dancenter North to book your group of 8+ at a great rate! 847-367-7970


Genesee Theatre

December 21 & 22 @ 6:00p

Tickets on sale now at











"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