Beth Fowler Dance Company

Proudly Presents

Join Us For This Year of Anniversaries Starting With

“The Nutcracker Ballet”

A Beth Fowler Dance Company 30yr Holiday Tradition

With a wave of her magic wand, the Christmas Fairy brings to life the Stahlbaum family scene on Christmas Eve in 19th century Germany.  The children Clara and Fritz and other household members open gifts and prepare the house for a family party.  As guests arrive, the evening’s activities include the lighting of the tree, entertainment, and traditional dancing.   Activities are interrupted by the mysterious arrival of a surprise guest, Herr Drosselmeyer, the godfather of Clara and Fritz.  A magician and toymaker, Drosselmeyer has brought mechanical dolls to perform for the guests.   He also distributes gifts to all children, leaving Clara for last.  To her, he presents a special present, a toy Nutcracker dressed as a soldier.  The jealous Fritz taunts Clara and her Nutcracker is accidentally broken.

            Drosselmeyer repairs the Nutcracker, and the party resumes.  Soon the  guests bid farewell to the family.  Clara and Fritz are put to bed, but Clara cannot sleep.  She quietly steals back into the parlor to rejoin her Nutcracker.  Here, she falls asleep to dream in a chair.

When the clock strikes twelve, Clara’s nightmare begins.  The little mice are scared away by the bigger rats.  Clara awakens, feeling threatened by the rats.  Drosselmeyer comes to her aid.  He casts a magic spell, which causes the tree to grow and brings the Nutcracker to life.  Rats and toy soldiers battle with a final dual between the Rat King and the Nutcracker. Just as the Rat King is about to conquer the Nutcracker, Clara forgets her fear and throws her slipper at the Rat King, diverting him long enough for the Nutcracker to lunge once with the sword and become victorious.

            The Nutcracker is transformed into a Prince, who rewards Clara by taking her through a snow-covered Enchanted Forest and journey toward the Land of the Sweets.  In the forest, the snowflakes, led by the Snow King and Queen, dance about them.

The Christmas Fairy guides Clara and the Nutcracker Prince around the world and through a cloud-like angelic realm to the Land of the Sweets.  They are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and dancers from many countries.  The prince presents Clara as the girl who saved his life.  The dancers perform in her honor, ending with the grand pas de deux performed by the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince.  The Sugar Plum Fairy guides Clara home.  Clara awakens and wonders if it was all a dream.

Tickets! ON SALE NOW!!!!

Tickets go on sale to the public at the regular rates on October 25th , 2023 and can be purchased online at or call the Box Office at (815) 758-1225. The box office at the Egyptian Theatre is open for walk-up sales on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 3-6. Regular Seating tickets are $21.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Children from 10/25-11/26; Premium Seating Tickets for Adults $26.00 and Children $20.00 from 10/25-11/26. Tickets for Adults regular seating after 11/26 are $24.00 children are still $15.00 and for Premium seating after 11/26 Adults are $29.00 and children are still $20.00. Please visit for office hours. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door 1 hour prior to each performance.

We look forward to Entertaining you this season!!