Festival of Lights Events
Presented in 2016 in conjunction
with the East Peoria Festival of Lights!
Dec. 2, 2016 - 7 p.m.
Dec. 3, 2016 - 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Performed at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center, East Peoria
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Treat your family to The Nutcracker, a glittering spectacle of holiday cheer presented by the Central Illinois Ballet. The performance will feature Central Illinois Ballet's newly-formed professional company, students at Cornerstone Academy, and professional guest artists from New York and Chicago.
The Nutcracker's magical story and Tchaikovsky famous score make this a time-tested holiday classic for the whole family. It's the story of young Clara and her mischievous uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, who concocts a fantasy world for her replete with a growing Christmas tree and a Nutcracker doll that comes to life and battles a Mouse King. With the defeat of the Mouse King brings a fantastical sleigh ride through falling snow and dancing snowflakes. Clara's visit to the Land of Sweets is a showcase of dancing treats presented by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself.
This holiday classic is perfect for the entire family and a wonderful introduction to the world of ballet.
Central Illinois Ballet is directed by veteran ballet dancer Rebekah VonRathonyi and is located at 3117 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria.