“Nutcracker” back in HP

The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) will perform “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. This year’s production of Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday-season favorite is the School’s 14th since its first at Mandel Hall in 1998, according to a Dec. 3 interview by the Friends of Blackstone with HPSD founder and director August Tye.

Both days’ 2 p.m. shows will kick-off with a Pre-Ballet Holiday Show and Sunday’s will follow a 3:30 p.m. chance to meet cast members over refreshments.
Last Saturday, HPSD performed, “A Taste of the Nutcracker,” excerpts from the original ballet, at Blackstone library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave.

Entrance is $35 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and free for children under 5. For more information, call 773-493-8498 or to buy tickets visit hydeparkschoolofballet.org