Nutcracker Student Matinee

Who: Students in grades 1-8

What: Student Matinee Performance of The Nutcracker, presented in partnership with Rockford Dance Company

Where: Coronado Performing Arts Center

When: Friday, December 6, 2019
10:00am – For 3rd grade students in the City of Rockford
11:30am – For students grades 1-8 from our regional educational partners

Cost: FREE
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Dance Company are honored to be the recipients of a gift from the Friends of the Coronado that will underwrite the cost of admission to the 2019 Nutcracker Student Matinee. With this generous gift, students and up to 1 chaperone per 10 students, will experience the Nutcracker Student matinee at no cost.

Regional students will attend an hour-long performance featuring a condensed version of the beloved ballet. Participating teachers may download the educational guide below.

The Rockford Dance Company and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra are pleased to provide area students with this one-hour abbreviated production of the classic holiday favorite The Nutcracker. Pre-performance teaching packets for teachers prepare the students for this unique experience.

Live music from the Rockford Symphony Orchestra along with a beautifully choreographed ballet, vibrant sets, and dazzling costumes make this the premier production in Northern Illinois and a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

Thank you for your interest in bringing your students to a performance! Unfortunately, Nutcracker Student Matinee performances are full for 2019.

For questions, contact Education and Community Engagement Director Margo Stedman at 815.965.0049 or

Generously sponsored by:

2019 Educational Preparation Materials

2019 Nutrcacker Study Guide

Orchestra Families Handout

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy Lyrics Sheet

The track below is the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" sing-a-long track with vocals:

Want to download the track for use off-line? When the link below is clicked, an MP3 will open in a new window. You may need to right click on the link to download the file.

Download the sing-a-long track with vocals here.

"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" music provided under a Creative Commons License from Kevin MacLeod.

Music for classroom activities on pages 8-9 of the preparation guide: