Hyde Park kids in “Nutcracker”

Several Hyde Park kids will perform in this year’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” with the Joffrey Ballet in a 23-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Dec. 6 through Dec. 28.

During its 26th annual performance of Robert Joffrey’s version of “The Nutcracker,” the full Joffrey company will joined onstage by 118 young dancers from the Chicago area including Hyde Parkers Grace Boyd, Ezra James Pruitt, Sonya Yang, Keiara Keith, Sharonda McNickles and Zoe Russo. The young dancers will perform as Party Girls and Boys, Polichinelles (Mother Ginger’s children), Battle Mice and Mounted Mice, Soldiers, Snow Tree Angels and Dolls.

The Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck, provides live accompaniment of the classic score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for every performance.

Young vocalists from five different local children’s choirs perform the choral parts from the magical Snow Scene, including singers from the Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago, the Barrington Children’s Choir, the Jones College Prep High School Treble Choir, the Pro Musica Youth Chorus and the Providence-St. Mel School Choir. The choirs also sing popular seasonal selections in the Auditorium Theatre’s main lobby one half-hour prior to curtain and during intermissions at every performance.

In Robert Joffrey’s version of “The Nutcracker,” he replaced the traditional European setting with a 19th century American home, populating it with toys from his own childhood underneath the christmas tree of the Stahlbaum Family.

Single tickets are priced between $31 and $132 and are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office, located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St. Tickets can also be purchased at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University box office and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers by telephone at 800-982-2787 or online at ticketmaster.com.