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A Holiday Story Inspired by the Classic Ballet

Don't miss this incredible holiday journey set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned Nutcracker score! Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts' full length Beyond the Nutcracker includes a cast of over 100 student dancers and guest artists from the Ballet 5:8 professional company, stunning choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager, dazzling handmade costumes, and all of the magic of the traditional Nutcracker ballet - but with an original story that invites audiences to join Emma, her uncle Abrahms, and the angel Anastasis on a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas adventure that leads her to the story of the first Christmas. 




Days and Times

Check back for details on 2018 performances! 


Lincoln Way West High School Fine Arts Center
21701 Gougar Road, New Lenox, IL 60451


$18 Adults
$10 Children 12 and under
$15 Groups of 12 or more adult tickets
Seating is reserved; advance purchase is recommended; click below or call 708-329-8773


Why a new twist on The Nutcracker?

Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director’s inspiration for the new ballet grew out of Ballet 5:8’s larger mission to actively engage with the depth and beauty of the art form of dance, but also with innovative storytelling that can engage audiences in conversation of life and faith. The storyline for Beyond the Nutcracker incorporates many  of the characteristic elements found in the original story as a nod to the classic work. Beyond the Nutcracker provides a taste of the beauty and magic of the timeless holiday tradition while also sharing an enchanting story that invites us to reflect on the story of the first Christmas.

"It is my goal, in each of my works, to bring something to the audience that causes them to see a familiar story or thought from a new perspective." - Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager

Beyond the Nutcracker

The story of Beyond the Nutcracker begins on a cold Christmas Eve in the 1940's, at the home of the Cooper Family. After weeks of preparations, the Cooper's are finally ready for their annual Christmas party. 

The Christmas party goes on through the evening, just as planned, until Uncle Abrahms opens a big, old book and begins to read a story about a Christmas from of old. After a dream - or was it real? - Emma meets the angel Anastasis and is invited on a magical journey where she sees the difference the first Christmas has made all across the world.