Provided by Ballet Legere

Ballet Legere, 2128 N Newland in Chicago, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a performance of ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’ just in time for the holidays. The production includes a full orchestra conducted by Dr. Richard Fischer of Concordia University and will be held at the Chodl Auditorium, 2423 S. Austin in Cicero. Performances are on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m.

Several cast members are from Oak Park and River Forest: Audrey DeHaan, Emma Brandt, Isabel Brandt, Andie Corsino, Hannah Crosby, Ashley Fox, Hannah Elyssa Maloy, Jordan Smith, Samantha Gerace, Lily Boyer, Malinda Meyer, Renee Gagliardo, Savannah Slaten , Miles Slaten, Eva Homberger, Clare Lau, Maria Carew, Cori Schneider, Josephine Schneider, Vilija Chavez, Iris Parke, Oscar Quinn-Pasin, Linus Engelhardt, Lauren Batterson, Ana Cuevas, Lily Hoke, Charlotte Van Ermen, Sinclair Davis, Samantha Koester, Alyssa Coughlin, Annabelle Wicklow, Lilly Wicklow.

For ticket information, call 773-237-1874 or email

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