2020 Virtual Nutcracker

Twenty-seven years ago HPSD performed its first excerpts from The Nutcracker in our second floor studio at the Unitarian Church. Since then, HPSD's annual production of this holiday classic has grown to encompass a full length staging of the ballet at UChicago's Mandel Hall, dozens of original handmade costumes, and hundreds of cast members and volunteers. At HPSD, The Nutcracker is more than a holiday tradition. It is a beloved rite of passage for our dancers and community. 

This year the pandemic has returned us to our humble Nutcracker origins. Our pared down virtual production features excerpts from our dancers filmed in their homes via Zoom and professional videography of our youth company Tyego Next Generation dancers filmed in Studio 1, that same studio where we got our start.

Purchasing a ticket to the show of your choice will provide a URL link to view that cast version at the specified date and time. There are 3 cast versions of the virtual production with casting that does not appear in every show noted in red.

See ticket pricing details below. Tickets available to purchase now! 

All performances are at 6pm CST.

Ticket Pricing & Performance Details:

Show Casts by Date 

Friday, December 11: Version 1

Saturday, December 12: Version 2

Sunday, December 13: Version 3

Friday, December 18: Version 2

Saturday, December 19: Version 3

Sunday, December 20: Version 1

All shows start at 6 PM CST

**Nutcracker Casts By Version PDF**

2020 Nutcracker Tickets and Donor Packages

TICKETS ONLY (Available online only)

$25                          Baby Mouse

  • Individual ticket to a Virtual Nutcracker performance of your choice

$135                          Toy Soldier

  • Ticket for all 6 Virtual Nutcracker performances (10% discount!)

DONOR PACKAGES (Available online and through the office)

Your donation will support HPSD's general operations and programming; 100% tax-deductible except for the amount of the ticket price ($150 for all packages) and transaction fees (for online purchasers only). If you would like to purchase a package without incurring online transaction fees or pay via check, please email execdirector@hydeparkdance.org.

$500                          Mirliton

  • Access to ALL 6 Virtual Nutcracker performances
  • Signature Nutcracker face mask 

$1,000                       Flowers and Dew Drops

  • Mirliton package plus...
  • Past HPSD Nutcracker T-shirt
  • Invitation to attend VIP Virtual Nutcracker Experience
  • Printed official 2020 Nutcracker program

$5,000                        Grand Pas De Deux

  • Flowers and Dew Drops package plus...
  • "Remaking the Nutcracker in a Pandemic," an exclusive viewing and conversation with HPSD Artistic Director August Tye and Executive Director LaWanda May
  • Signed 2020 Nutcracker cast poster

$10,000.                      Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Grand Pas De Deux package plus...
  • Virtual production sponsor noted with gratitude in our 2020-21 performance programs, Virtual Nutcracker production posters, and website

Contact the HPSD Administrative Office!
admin@hydeparkdance.org  |  (773) 493-8498