The Peanut Cracker
Pre-Dance Division students (ages 2.5 - 6) have the opportunity to help tell the story of a holiday favorite: The Nutcracker. We create a very comfortable experience for our youngest dancers and offer this as an optional performance opportunity for all dancers enrolled in the 1st session. This on-stage production gives dancers the opportunity to showcase what they have learned so far in class in an informal stage setting. Dancers are provided with simple costumes and a fun headpieces. These productions are colorful and fun for all; it will surely put you in the holiday spirit!
Please see below for 2021 Peanut Cracker Details:
* Details subject to change as time goes on based on updated COVID-19 safety protocols *
NSSD is closely monitoring CDC Guidelines and requires that all audience members abide by theater guidelines
Tickets On Sale:
November 1st at 9:00 AM
Theater Box Office will be closed
Friday, December 3rd
*Arrive at least 5 minutes early
Dancers arrive by 9:45 AM
Show begins at 10:00 AM
Dancers arrive by 11:15 AM
Show begins at 11:30 AM
Dress Rehearsal & Performances at
Lake Forest Academy, 1500 W Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Friday, December 3rd @ Lake Forest Academy
Please use the PDF HERE to find your class' rehearsal time
Dancers need to be ready and in costume 5-minutes before stage time
Once your dancer is done performing, you are free to leave.
Dancers are to be kept with you in the theatre until they are called to go onstage.
We will be running the show in order to help your dancer get familiar with the show.
Please let your instructor know if your dancer will not be at the rehearsal and/or the show.
Saturday, December 4th @ Lake Forest Academy
Show 1 @ 10:00 AM
Show 2 @ 11:30 AM
Performances are approximately 45 minutes hour and include performances by North Shore Ballet Theatre.
Dancers should arrive ready to go 30 minutes before the showtime. PLEASE plan extra time for parking.
Bring your child into the front entrance, run to the bathroom, change shoes, and make sure your costume and headpiece are on before heading to the "Drop Off" area
At the end of the show (finale), the children will be brought backstage and dismissed to you by their teachersat the "Pick Up" area.
General Rehearsal / Performance Reminders:
Students are to wear their costume and performance mask upon arrival. Don't forget the ballet shoes!
Please take your child to the bathroom before the dress rehearsal/performance.
All hair must be pulled out of your child's face. Please put all long hair in a smooth bun or a ponytail.
Make-up is optional.
Last Minute Theatre Reminders:
No food or drink in the theatre at any time.
Keep your mask on
No flash photography in the theatre, it can be dangerous to our dancers.
Videotaping is available during the dress rehearsal and performance. Please do not block other viewers or the aisles with personal camera equipment. Be considerate of guests around you.
All parents and children must stay back from the stage and must not block the aisles.