The Nutcracker

December 14-15, 2019

Under the direction of Artistic Director, Jorge Laico, the audience will delight in dazzling choreography, spectacular sets and costumes, graceful dancers, and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky performed live by the Heartland Festival Orchestra. The cast of over 100 Peoria Ballet dancers will be joined by five professional guest artists including principal dancers from the Joffrey Ballet performing the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Winner of Peoria Magazines’ Best Theater Production award in 2017, this family holiday tradition is a treat for audiences of all ages.

Performance and Ticketing Information

Saturday, December 14, 2019 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 15, 2019 – 2:00 pm

Ticket prices range from $10-$50

When purchasing tickets online, please be sure you are on the official Peoria Civic Center or Ticketmaster sites. There are websites that appear to look like these official sites but are actually ticket re-sellers who charge higher ticket prices and fees.

Nutcracker School Performances – December 12th – 9:30 am & Noon

Peoria Civic Center Theater

These performances are presented for the enrichment of area schools, homeschool groups, and senior groups. Peoria Ballet is excited to share the art of dance, while also engaging critical thinking and imagination skills through a live theatrical performance. Both productions will also provide excellent opportunities for cross-curricular studies in literature, history, art, and music. An educational study guide will be provided to teachers before the performances in order to provide resources and materials for enrichment purposes.

In order to cover the cost of the theater, there is an admission fee of $5 per student, teacher, or chaperone. Students who qualify for “Free or Reduced” lunches pay only $2. If your entire school has been designated Title 1, please indicate that on the reservation form. Please see the school show letter for more information. Teachers and adult chaperones are invited to attend with their classes.

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May 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

May 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Five Points Washington

Experience this classic fairy tale transformed into a charming ballet. Expressive dancing along with stunning sets and costumes will transport the audience to an enchanting world that will captivate children and adults of all ages.

Tickets are available beginning in March 2020!

Meet and Greet – following the May 2nd 1:30 pm performance.

Children may get up close and personal with our our dancers. Take pictures and chat with Cinderella and her friends immediately following the performance.

Academy Recital

May 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Five Points Washington

Ticket Prices: Adults – $15 Students – $10

Buy your tickets by calling Peoria Ballet at 309-690-7990 or visiting the studio at 809 W Detweiller Dr, Peoria. Tickets will be available on the evening of the performance.

Our end of the academy year production where every student performs to demonstrate what was accomplished during the school year. Each class performs one piece featuring the skills learned during the year.