A wonderful slate of unforgettable performances from … Paramount Theatre | Rialto Square Theatre | Drury Lane | James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts | The Dancing Horses Theatre | The Genesee Theatre | Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts | The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University | Overshadowed Theatrical Production


“The Sound of Music” at Paramount Theatre…

  • The Sound of Music … November 9 2022 to January 15, 2023

One of the most beloved musicals of all time and a holiday favorite, The Sound of Music has enchanted audiences for more than 50 years. When carefree nun-in-training Maria is sent by her convent to be the governess of seven children, she finds herself unexpectedly questioning her choices in life and falling in love with the children’s stern father, all while the events of World War II play out in the background. Experience it for the first time or all over again at Paramount Theatre, where our lobby will be decked out in Christmas decorations, including a two-story Christmas tree. Share The Sound of Music with someone you love this holiday season.

The Sound of Music runs from November 9, 2022–January 15, 2023.  23 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, IL. Tickets start at just $28. Get your tickets today at www.paramountaurora.com. The Sound of Music is sponsored by Rush Copley Medical Center and Jake’s Inc. Suggested for ages 5+, includes some discriminatory language, depiction of Nazis and images of swastikas

“Home for the Holidays” celebration at Rialto Square Theatre

  • A Very Rialto Christmas … November 21 @ 7 pm
  • Teddy Bear Tea … November 25 @ 9:30 am and 12:30 pm
  • The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays … November 29 @ 7:30 pm
  • Charlie Brown Christmas – Live on Stage … November 30 @ 6:30 pm
  • Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats – The Holiday Variant … December 1 @7:30 pm
  • Santa’s Secret Workshop … December 4 @ 1 pm
  • The Midtown Men – Stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys … December 10 @ 8 pm
  • Joliet American Legion Ban Concert … December 11 @ 2 pm
  • Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats – The Holiday Variant … December 1 @7:30 pm

Make yourself at home this holiday season at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL. The “Home for the Holidays” celebration lineup includes family-friendly shows and holiday favorites.

Family-friendly events range from the Teddy Bear Tea Party which includes a keepsake teddy bear and an appearance by St. Nick himself, to a visit to Santa’s Secret Workshop, where your children can create a homemade present. You can also join the Peanuts Gang live on stage with A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Kick-off the holiday season at the Rialto as they illuminate their Christmas decorations with a Very Rialto Christmas There’s No Place Like Home! or journey through the land of whirling snowflakes and visit the kingdom of the Sugar Plum fairy with the family favorite The Nutcracker. You can also spend a day at the Rialto watching classic Christmas movies such as It’s a Polar Express, Home Alone, or It’s a Wonderful Life.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Holidays, you can find a home at the Rialto Square Theatre with its heartwarming events that allow you to create memories with your children or allow you to relive your childhood memories.

Visit www.rialtosquare.com/holidays to learn more about their lineup.

Celebrate the Holidays at Drury Lane ~ Where the most wonderful time of year ‘dazzles’

  • “Elf – The Musical … November 9, 2022 to January 8, 202
  • A Christmas Carol … November 25 to December 30

This holiday season, Drury Lane has everything you need to get into the Christmas spirit. Whether you’re gathering the family for a festive brunch, or attending one of the spectacular live performances, there’s no better place to celebrate with the ones you love. On stage, Drury Lane’s Theatre for Your Audiences presents the 30th Annual production of  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This beloved classic is a treat for all ages, full of magical illusions and even falling snow! Based on the hit film, Elf the Musical brings Christmas cheer to Drury Lane with the help of an Elf unlike any-Buddy else. An adventure full of heart, hilarity, and holiday joy, Elf the Musical is fun for the whole family.

For even more festive fun, bring the children to meet and treat with Santa at one of Lucille’s special events this season. Perfectly paired with the production schedule, dates and times are available for breakfast, brunch, and dinner.

For all your holiday season fun go to www.drurylane.com

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts…

  • Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s, The Nutcracker … Dec 17 @ 1 and 5 pm

Celebrate the holiday season at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County! The JLC is thrilled to welcome the return of Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker to the Mainstage for two performances – Saturday, December 17 at 1 and 5 p.m. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, this production recreates Page’s full-length staging, with exquisite dancing, guest artists, gorgeous costumes and magical settings. This beloved family classic tells the story of a little girl heroine, Clara, who receives a nutcracker from her mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer, on Christmas Eve. As Clara falls off to sleep and the clock strikes midnight, strange things begin to happen. The Nutcracker turns into a handsome Prince while the other toys surrounding the holiday tree come to life. The Prince then takes Clara on a journey to the enchanted Land of Snow and the delightful Kingdom of the Sweets — encountering many companions along the way — including whimsical mice, toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes. Don’t miss this family-friendly holiday tradition!

Tickets available online at jlcenter.clcillinois.edu; by phone at 847-543-2300 or at the JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Dancing Horses Theatre ~ Enjoy the spectacular Christmas show

Costumes, music, and lights all grace the stage of this 90-minute performance. It’s all about magic and family entertainment. It is a “must see” if you are looking for a unique destination!

After the performance you can stay in your seats for a 30-minute BACK STAGE TOUR for just $5. per person. Our trainer comes out with a horse to show the gentle technique used to train our horses. She will answer any questions the audience may have, about the show and the performers. You will then be escorted to the rear of our Theatre to learn more about our history and our equine stars.

Located at 5065 Highway 50 in Delavan, Wisconsin. For more information and tickets call 262-728-8200 or visit our website at www.thedancinghorses.com

The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan
‘Tis the season for great family entertainment!

  • A Very Electric Christmas … Dec 2 @ 7:30pm
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer … December 8 @ 6:30pm
  • The Magic of the “Nutcracker … December 21 and 22 @ 6:30 pm

On Friday, December 2, A Very Electric Christmas will dazzle kids and adults alike with its glow-in-the-dark artistry. Students from Gurnee’s Standing Ovation Theatre Academy will open the show. On Thursday, December 8, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical will share the unforgettable story and joyful songs made famous by Burl Ives. On Friday, December 9, Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas Tour will perform festive Yuletide songs and popular hits. On Thursday, December 15, Million Dollar Quartet Christmas will tell the story of an impromptu recording session featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins with a holiday twist. On December 21 and 22, Dancenter North will perform the largest, most lavish production of The Magic of the Nutcracker in Lake County. The Genesee Theatre: 203 N Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL. Online: www.geneseetheatre.com. Box office: (847) 263-6300.

Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts…

  • The Nutcracker …. December 2, 3, 4 and December 9, 10, 11

A seasonal favorite with audiences of all ages, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s 27th annual Nutcracker returns to the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts for ten performances this December. This full-scale production of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting holiday ballet follows the dreamlike adventures of young Clara, who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters dueling mice, dancing bonbons, and waltzing flowers on her journey to the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Complete with live narration, grand sets, lavish costumes, and a cast of over 130, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s Nutcracker is a joyous treat for the eyes and ears.  

The Nutcracker plays for two weekends, December 2 through December 11 (Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 1 pm & 5 pm). For tickets and additional information, visit prairiecenter.org or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct. in Schaumburg. Don’t wait to buy tickets — performances sell out quickly!

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University…

  • The Nutcracker … November 19 @ 1 and 5 pm
  • Air Play April 22 @ 2 pm

The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University presents over 30 productions, serving over 50,000 audience members annually. With free parking, convenient access by Metra or I-57, and one of the best free sculpture parks in the country, Governors State has something for the entire family.  The Center’s 2022-23 season includes The Nutcracker presented by The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine and Air Play presented by Acrobuffos.

The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s beloved score with instantly recognizable holiday music, including “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Snowflakes,” and more.

In Air Play umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. With stunning images and gales of laughter, Air Play bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.

Tickets are available at CenterTickets.net or at (708) 235-2222.

Overshadowed Theatrical Production presents …

  • Miracle on 34th Street … November 25 to December 17
  • The Wizard of OZ … January 20, 2023 to February 4, 2023
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” … March 10, 2023 to April 1, 2023
  • Singin’ in the Rain … July 7, 2023 to July 29, 2023

Tickets $14 to $22. Call 630-634-2100. Overshadowed.org. Playing at 900 Foster Ave, Medinah, IL 60157

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