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Ruth Page’s “The Nutcracker” returns to JLC Dec. 18 for two sold-out performances

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 24, 2021

The beloved, family-friendly holiday classic “The Nutcracker” returns Saturday, Dec. 18 to the Mainstage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) for two sold-out performances only at 1 and 5 p.m.

Nutcracker playIn addition, the JLC will host a “Behind the Curtain” lecture with the creative team from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Free with ticket purchase. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

Originally presented at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 until 1997 — and choreographed by Ruth Page herself — this full-length staging is the Ruth Page Center for the Art’s 50th Anniversary Presentation. With music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this production features international artists alongside the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company’s elite dancers.

The Nutcracker Ballet is loosely based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original fairy tale “Nutcracker and Mouse King.” The ballet tells the story of a little girl heroine, Clara, who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life as a prince on Christmas Eve. In telling the imaginative story, whimsical mice, toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes are brought to life in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets.

For more information, call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email requesting information to Visit the JLC website at

The JLC has implemented extra safety precautions to ensure your well-being and comfort. All performers onstage for this performance will be unmasked while performing. Audience and venue support (backstage and front of house) will remain masked inside the venue. Masks are required for everyone at CLC and the JLC. Seating in the Mainstage will have reduced capacity to accommodate social distancing. CLC has enhanced cleaning procedures in the theatre, restroom and common touchpoints. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the JLC lobby.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.