Ruth Page Civic Ballet Brings THE NUTCRACKER to Northeastern Illinois University This Weekend

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The Ruth Page Civic Ballet is proud to present its annual production of The Nutcracker this holiday season playing this weekend, December 6 - 7 at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. Co-directed by Victor Alexander and Dolores Lipinski Long, the ballet plays on Saturday, December 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and children under the age of 12 and $5 for NEIU students, faculty and staff, per I.D. card.

Also available is "Tea with Clara," a delightful tea party which patrons can enjoy with their favorite The Nutcracker characters from 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets, which include admission to either show, are $85 for adults and $50 for children under the age of 12. For more information and to purchase regular tickets visit www.neiu.edu/arts or www.ruthpage.org or call the box office at 773.442.4636. To purchase tickets for "Tea with Clara," visit www.ruthpage.org or call 312-337-6543. Tickets are available now.

Central to the Civic's performance schedule is their annual presentation of The Nutcracker, the popular recreation of the beloved holiday classic. Originally presented in the Arie Crown Theater from 1965 to 1997, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet's performance recreates Ruth Page's original full-length staging. Exquisite dancing, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets, these performances promise world-class entertainment and holiday joy for children of all ages.

Comprised of members of the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, guest artists, adult and child performers, and students of the Ruth Page School of Dance, The Nutcracker features a cast of over eighty performers.

Also joining the cast of The Nutcracker are special guest artists: Jennifer Goodman (Sugar Plum Fairy), Kathleen Darley (Snow Queen) and Tom Mattingly (Sugar Plum/Snow Cavalier).

About Victor Alexander

Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and trained at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in Havana. Alexander has had an extensive performing and choreographic career in the United States. He is the Director of the Ruth Page School of Dance and was also included in Dance Magazine's prestigious "25 to Watch in 2013" list. Alexander is known for his riveting stage presence as he mixes formidable technique he gained in the rigorous training ground of Cuban dance schools with facility at theatrical interpretation.



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