A Sugar Plum of a Tradition

Ruth Page’s “The Nutcracker” Past, Present & Future

Online Pay Per View


  • Friday, December 4, 2020 - 11:00am

  • Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 11:00pm



The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is proud to share a new, behind-the-scenes view of the beloved Holiday tradition and the longest-running The Nutcracker in Chicago’s history!

This online documentary produced by HMS Media shares archival film footage, performance highlights, and commentary from the creative forces that have brought this famous Holiday production to millions of people since 1965. A rite of passage for children of all ages and a fixture of the Chicago holiday season, this iconic production was choreographed by one of Chicago’s most celebrated dance artists, Ruth Page, and raised more than $8 million for Chicago Tribune Charities which provided grants for literacy and employment programs over the years. Attended by over three million people, it was presented at the McCormick Place Arie Crown Theater until 1997. “The Nutcracker” went on to find a new home at Northeastern Illinois University beginning in 2012, where it has been performed by the Ruth Page Civic Ballet annually to sold-out houses.


As a stepping off point for The Ruth Page Center's year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration beginning January 2021, this mini documentary is one of three new Holiday events in 2020 helping to connect The Ruth Page Center’s past with a view to the future as it continues its role as a vital and critical cultural asset for the city of Chicago.



$20 pay-per-view/$45 DVD purchase



https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sugarplum