It will be an especially meaningful moment for Amy Dixon when Herr Drosselmeyer hands a magical gift to Marie, the character she plays in Illinois Youth Dance Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.” Herr Drosselmeyer is played by the Glenbrook North High School senior’s father, Lou Dixon.
The Northbrook resident, who has been dancing since she was three, has appeared in four productions of “The Nutcracker” with the dance company. This is her first time playing Marie, who she called, “bubbling and outgoing, the life of the party.”
“It’s a challenging role—which I like. It pushes me to my limits,” Amy said. “It’s great to be able to dance with my dad. We get some bonding time.” Lou Dixon danced in two earlier productions.
Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at Lake Zurich Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St. Tickets are $10-$25.
For details, call (847) 438-4500, ext. 3 or go to www.iydt.org.
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That’s what will happen at Animal Quest, 1-1:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 at Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. The program, best for ages 3-12 and parents, is presented by Animal Quest Entertainment Inc. Pick up tickets 30 minutes before the event.
For details, call (847) 279-2269 or go to www.indiantrailslibrary.org.
...before he leaves on his sleigh. If your kids haven’t shared their gift request list with Santa, there’s still time to do it at the Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., Barrington. Santa will be taking requests in his Winter Wonderland, noon-3 p.m. daily through Dec. 22, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 and Tuesday, Dec. 24.
For details, call (847) 381-6661 or go to www.icehousemall.com.
Kids can create artwork for their rooms at Drop-in Crafts: Color Your Own Book Posters, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 at Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy. The event, for ages 2-5 with a caregiver, will be in the Youth Services Department’s Story Room.
For details, call (847) 382-1300 or go to www.barringtonarealibrary.org.
Chances are your kids will be bored with their Christmas presents by Friday, Dec. 27 so take them to the LEGO Club, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ela Area Public Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. Kids will use LEGO and DUPLO blocks and their imaginations. An adult must stay with preschoolers.
For details, call (847) 438-3433 or go to www.eapl.org.