Ruth Page’s “The Nutcracker” returns to the mainstage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County on Saturday, December 18, at 1 and 5 p.m. Originally presented at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre from 1965-1997, this production is the Ruth Page Center for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary Presentation. This beloved, full-length staging is engaging entertainment for young and old alike!

Come early for a “Behind the Curtain” pre-show lecture to learn more about the history of this iconic production from the creative team, at noon and 4 p.m. Lecture is free with ticket purchase, but reservations are required.

Ticket prices: Adult: $25; Seniors 65+: $22; Student/Teen: $15; Children up to age 12: $10. Special rates available for groups of six or more. To purchase tickets, call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email to Print-at-home tickets no longer available. JLC Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. The JLC is located at 19351 West Washington, Grayslake. Visit

Masks are required for everyone at CLC and the JLC. Performers onstage will be unmasked. Audience and venue support (backstage and front of house) will remain masked inside.

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