'The Nutcracker' returns to Coronado, performed for thousands of students

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Thousands of young students around the Stateline got into the holiday spirit with a free performance of 'The Nutcracker' at the Coronado Performing Arts Center on Friday.

The Rockford Dance Company and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra performed Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's holiday classic as part of an educational opportunity for students.

'The Nutcracker' returns to the Coronado for the first time since 2015. Friday's matinee was intended to help students learn more about ballet and history behind the famous performance.

"It's a holiday tradition for many families to come to the Coronado and to see the Nutcracker," said Rockford Symphony Orchestra education director Margo Stedman. "We really wanted to step it up and add something extra... so we're really excited to be able to do it for the community."

With help from a generous donation from Brubaker Charitable Trust and the Friends of the Coronado, more than 2200 students had an opportunity to see the play without costs.

The Coronado hosts two more performances of 'The Nutcracker' this weekend. You can see the holiday classic on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets are available for as low as $9. If you would like to purchase tickets, click here​.