Joyful! The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque at Greenhouse Theater Center (Through December 31, 2022)

The posted showtime is when the cocktail hour begins. Do arrive at this time and check out the Jepson table. Here you can sample many of their products including their bourbon, vodka, espresso martini, Dogma Amargo de Chile, and Malort. Their representative will also give you a lot of information about the spirits including their history. Also during the cocktail hour, a tableside magicians is performing at the VIP tables.

Photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis

After an hour, the show begins. It’s a burlesque Nutcracker in a very fun and friendly atmosphere with the audience cheering on the performers. It’s a celebration of the return to live performance since it was forced online in 2020 and then went on hiatus in 2021. The joy is evident in the smiles from all the dancers.

Cost of a ticket: $46 (GA)

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Get tickets now for The Buttcracker through December 31st!

Quinn Delaney


The sponsors, Jeppson’s Malort and CH, were only there for opening night, but they have Malort available at the bar for all performances. The cocktail hour performers change each week, and are on Friday’s and Saturday’s.

Thursday night is Vendor Night during the cocktail hour, and Sundays are Butt Brunch with goodies from Uprising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills, IL.

There are four ticket tiers for people to choose from: $20 standing room available at the door, $30 for general admission house left, $40 for general admission center and $75 for the VIP experience which includes things like table service for the bar, a cast meet and greet and swag.


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