26 N Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014


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December 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - December 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Presented by Engage Dance Theatre

DECEMBER 18th & 19th | 1P & 5PM
Adult: $30* | Student (17 and under): $16*
PLEASE NOTE: Not eligible for Member Discount. 

Join Engage Dance Theatre and Raue Center For The Arts for a full-length (newly choreographed) production of The Nutcracker!

Join Clara at her annual Christmas Eve party at the Staulbaum house with all of her friends enjoying a night full of dancing and delicious treats! Godfather Drosselmeyer is there with his new apprentice bringing a little bit of magic and an extra special gift for Clara, a beautiful handmade Nutcracker doll!

After all the guests have left Clara sneaks downstairs to find her precious Nutcracker and falls asleep dreaming of their special party. She is awoken and led on an exciting journey with Drosselmeyer and her precious Nutcracker. Battling a life-size mouse Queen, slipping & sliding with real-life Icicles, meeting a dazzling Snow Queen, and then flying off on an enchanted crystal sleigh to meet the Queen of the Angels and her guard of Angles at the gates of the Land of Sweets. Spanish Chocolate, Arabian Coffee, Chinese Tea, Russian Taffy, Marzipan Candy, Merry & her sweet Mini Mints, Dew Drop with her carousel of flowers, and the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy all dance for Clara and Drosselmeyer in an adventure not to be missed this holiday season! 

The Nutcracker is co-produced by Engage Dance Academy and Raue Center For The Arts.


About Engage Dance
Engage Dance Academy is a premiere dance academy owned & operated by Courtney & Marc Petrocci, former professional dancers at the Milwaukee Ballet. Bringing professional caliber dance training to Mchenry County for dancers ages 18 months-Adult. Engage is a triple track dance studio offering dance classes for all levels; Engage Dance Theatre, a year-round pre-professional dance company for the more serious dancer ages 5-18 with three performances a year including a full-length production of The Nutcracker; an award-winning competition team for those dancers looking to compete in Chicago based competitions; and an Open Division for dancers looking for a wide variety of weekly classes ranging from baby ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Aerial Silks & Tumbling.


Raue Center’s #1 priority is the health and safety of its patrons. As a result, we pledge to operate in accordance with all current state-mandated restrictions and safety protocols.

In-Person Tickets: When purchasing seats, patrons make their own seat selections.  Our ticketing system automatically accounts for current social distancing guidelines when purchasing.

This event has the following entry requirements and attributes:
COVID-19 Protocol: Masks are required for all patrons ages two and older. Proof* of full vaccination or Negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event is required for all patrons ages 12 and older. 

Please note that government mandates and venue protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination requirements (e.g., any related timing windows and acceptable type(s) of proof), may vary, and are subject to change. Please visit the link below for the latest information and details.  

Click HERE for the most up-to-date COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions. If you have any questions, please contact our Box Office at boxoffice@rauecenter.org

 *Restrictions and Fees apply. All Ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Processing Fee – $3 per ticket charge for all purchasing to support the software that enables online ticket sales. (No Processing Fee for RaueNOW Members). Facility Fee – $6 per order charge that helps operate and invest back in our historical venue. Tickets: Capacity limits may apply, based on current IDPH guidelines and social distance protocols. Upon choosing your seat(s), the ticketing platform may allow for space between groups. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of purchase. You will receive your tickets, via email, approximately 21 days prior to the show date.


December 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
December 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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Raue Center for the Arts
26 N. Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014 United States
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