When it comes to Christmas, there isn’t much that’s as distinguishable as The Nutcracker‘s music. Tchaikovsky‘s choppy tiptoeing is immediately recognizable and quintessential for the holiday season. But what would The Nutcracker be like if it wasn’t ballet?
The House Theatre of Chicago can answer that question with their own production of The Nutrcracker. In a completely original adaptation of the classic ballet, Clara’s silent quest to save Christmas with her trusty nutcracker is transformed into an action-packed adventure. With new dialogue, new music, and some rockin’ puppetry, Clara’s epic fight against the Rat King still pays tribute to the original story, but also includes features more interesting to a modern audience. It’s the same story, just a different way to tell it!
This heartwarming story of holiday magic will be at Chopin Theatre until December 31, with performances Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 3:00PM and 7:30PM, and Sundays at 3:00PM and 7:00PM. Additional weeknight performances are also available. Ticket prices range from $25 to $45, and can be found here. I know you never wanted to admit that you thought The Nutcracker was boring when you were younger, but with this performance, you don’t have to!
What do you get when you combine six clowns, six hundred audience members and a fire? I’ll take Hell for $600. Inspired by the 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, Burning Bluebeard tells the story of six clown performers that emerge from the historic fire and attempt to finish their play with the intended happy ending.
The fire, which happened December 30th, 1903, killed over 600 people and disrupted the showing of Mr. Bluebeard, a French folktale. Burning Bluebird is “a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance.”
Burning Bluebird will be playing at The Den Theatre November 20th through January 10th. Tickets are $36.00 and $15.00 for students, and can be purchased here!
Chances are, you’ve probably read Dracula for some class in high school or college. The the tall, pale, mysterious stranger who leaves victims bloodless, the young woman with the bright future who quickly loses her luster along with the blood in her veins, the doctor who suspects what’s going on but is too terrified to suggest it, you know how it goes. It’s a bright, uplifting, happy story with sunshine and rainbows.
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Theatre (or JPAC) continues its prestigious history with their stage interpretation of Dracula. As a feature in their six show season, it’s sure to be absolutely thrilling. Performances run until November 21, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 3:00PM. Tickets are $17 General Admission and $10 for students, and can be found here. Don’t forget to bring a friend, and watch for tall strangers with fangs on the way back!