The Nutcracker

Mongn Dance Academy's
4th Annual Presentation of
The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 8, 2019
2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Oak Lawn High School Performing Arts Center
9400 Southwest Highway, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Online ticket sales have been closed. Tickets will be available for both shows at the box office.
If you have already purchased tickets but have not picked them up at the studio, you can pick them up at the box office. 



The Nutcracker Story

The Nutcracker, a classic Christmas story presented in two acts, is a fairy tale ballet centered on the Stahlbaum's Christmas Eve celebration. Family and friends have gathered in the parlor to decorate the beautiful Christmas tree in preparation for the party. Once the tree is finished, the children are sent for. They stand in awe of the tree sparkling with candles and decorations. Drosselmeyer, a local toymaker and magician who is also the Godfather to the Stahlbaum children, delights all of the children with gifts, magic, and a story. Clara receives a special Nutcracker, which is broken by her jelous brother, Fritz. After the guests have all left, Clara falls asleep by the Christmas tree with her beloved Nutcracker. Magically, The Nutcracker comes to life in her dreams. Clara watches The Nutcracker, along with his soldiers, battle the Mouse King and mice. Nearly defeated, Clara saves The Nutcracker by throwing her slipper at the Mouse King. The Nutcracker is transformed into a prince, then leads Clara through the moonlit night to a pine forest. Snowflakes dance around them, beckoning them on to The Prince's kingdom as the first act ends.  

In Act II, Clara and The Prince travel to the beautiful Land of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy. They are presentd with a celebration of sweets from around the world — chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, tea from China, and candy canes from Russia. Beautiful flowers perform a waltz. To conclude the night, the Sugar Plum Fairy performs a delightful dance before The Prince bows to Clara and kisses her goodnight.

The Cast and Elligibility

The Nutcracker is presented by Mongan Dance Academy's ballet students in Pre-Ballet III and Ballet I, II, and III. Each ballet class performs a group dance. Students in Ballet I, II, and III are eligible to audition for special roles, such as Clara, Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy and more.

Audition for Special Roles

We are looking for dancers to perform solo roles or to be in small group dances. Dancers should be experienced, hard working, and demonstrate keen performance abilities. We want skilled dancers with strong stage presence to play special roles, such as Clara, Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy and more. 

Auditions will consist of a shortened ballet class and repertoire. Students auditioning for special parts will perform a select piece from The Nutcracker in pairs  or small groups for the judges and other students. All students should arrive on time and in their class uniforms. 


  • Must be in Ballet I, II, or III. 
  • Must be enrolled in both the Fall and Winter Sessions. 
  • Must be available for several Friday evening rehearsals. Each role and small group will have specific rehearsal dates. These students should expect four rehearsals beginning September 22 until the show. Rehearsals will run from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Rehearsal dates and times will be determined and assigned upon acceptance of roles. 

Participation Fees

There is a $45 participation fee per student, which includes rental of costumes. Students are required to provide their own pink tights and class leotard as follows:

  • Pre-Ballet III — mulberry
  • Ballet I — turquoise
  • Ballet II — eggplant
  • Ballet III and IV — black

Students must complete The Nutcracker Participation Form and return it to MDA by Saturday, September 28, 2019 so we can begin choreography. 

Click here for take-home note: Nutcracker Information Sheet

Make a payment at:

Special Rehearsals

Click here for more information about dress rehearsal: (to be updated when current information is available)

Performance Schedule

We will present two performances of The Nutcracker on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Students in Ballet 1, 2, and 3 will perform in both shows. Pre-Ballet 3 students will perform in the following shows:

2:30 p.m.

  • Pre-Ballet 3, Tuesday
  • Pre-Ballet 3, Wednesday

5:00 p.m. 

  • Pre-Baller 3, Thursday
  • Pre-Ballet 3, Saturday

Ticket Sales

  • Ticket Pre-Sales for reserved seating will begin on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
  • Each student is allowed to purchase 12 tickets during pre-sales which can be used at one show or a combination of the two shows. 
  • General Ticket Sales will begin on November 3, 2019. Unlimited additional tickets may be purchased at that time.
  • Advanced tickets can be ordered online or at the studio. Tickets must be paid in full at the time of purchase.
  • Cost of Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door
  • Tickets will be distributed beginning November 11, 2019.
  • All seats are reserved. All sales are final. No refunds.

We are no longer taking online orders for tickets, but there will be tickets available for purchase the day of the performance in the lobby.


Say It with Flowers! Tell your special dancers how much you appreciate their hard work, commitment, and passion for the artistry of dance as they present The Nutcracker. These beautiul Christmas bouquets consisting of red roses, baby's breath, and Christmas greenery are purchased locally from Mariano's in Evergreen Park. The bouquets will be available for pick-up in the auditorium lobby the day of the performance.

  • Cost (in advance): $15 (regular size), $25 (large bouquets)
  • Cost (day of show): $17 (regular size), $27 (large bouquets), plus tax

We are no longer taking online orders for bouquets, but there will be a limited number of extra bouquets that may purchased the day of the performance in the lobby. 

Keepsake Videos

The Nutcracker will be videotaped by a professional videographer. DVD's can be pre-ordered or ordered after the show.

Order your DVD online: 

Souvenir Shirts

This long-sleeved crew sweatshirt illustrate Clara and her new Nutcracker Prince in the Land of Sweets. The names of all cast members will be printed on the back. 

Those who pre-ordered sweatshirts have received theres. There a limited number of sweatshirts left. Place your order today before they are gone.