From the music and mime of Japan to the comedy of Second City to the classic holiday ballet "The Nutcracker," the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County is offering three distinct professional touring shows to light up your family's December. The three shows are: Magical Mask, Mime & Music of Japan featuring Kuniko Yamamoto on Dec. 4, The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue on Dec. 10 and Ruth Page Civic Ballet: The Nutcracker on Dec. 21 and 22.
Magical Mask, Mime & Music of Japan featuring Kuniko Yamamoto on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., Studio Theatre. Kuniko Yamamoto uses traditional Japanese music, magical masks, origami and mime and a touch of magic to create an artistic balance of illusion and reality. She started performing professionally in her hometown of Osaka, where she studied traditional dance, music and theater. She has performed at the Silk Road International Exposition, The Kennedy Center, Disney Epcot Center Japanese Pavilion, Seattle's International Children's Festival, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County and more. A passionate origami folder, Kuniko received Tempo Award from Origami USA in 2007. Website: www.kunikotheater.com. Tickets: Regular $31; Senior/Staff/Alumni $30; CLC Student/Teen $16; Children $13.
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The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. Fast-paced, interactive and filled with style and wit, this is the perfect alternative to the same old tired holiday performances. This bright, funny and completely original show draws inspiration from sources ranging from holiday film classics to family gatherings to Christmas carols. Website: www.secondcity.com. Tickets: Regular $33/29/26; Senior/Staff/Alumni $32/28/25; CLC Student/Teen $16.
Ruth Page Civic Ballet: The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 1 and 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m., Mainstage Theatre. Revel in the awe-inspiring Nutcracker that has captivated families for years with brilliant costumes, larger than life scenery, entrancing storytelling and Tchaikovsky's famous score. Follow the heroine, Clara, as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the fearsome Mouse King, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince. Website: www.ruthpagecivicballet.com. Tickets: Regular $31/28/23; Senior/Staff/Alumni $30/27/22; CLC Student/Teen $16; Children $13. Stated prices include a $1 JLC facility fee.
The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. Professional touring series performances make excellent group outings, and groups of six or more people are eligible for discounted ticket prices. Call group sales at (847) 543-2431 or email JLCgroupsales@clcillinois.edu for more information.