Children’s Center for Dance Education to host over 2,400 school children at the Old National Events Plaza

Students from 14 elementary schools from across the region will experience a “behind the scenes” performance of the classic holiday ballet.

Old National Events Plaza and Children’s Center for Dance Education will play host to over 2,400 elementary school students Friday, December 13, 2019 at 9 AM for a special field trip performance of The Children’s Nutcracker.

This educational presentation provides the student audience a “behind the scenes” experience, as the morning performance is a hybrid of set-up, dress rehearsal and fully realized show.  In addition to the classic holiday story and ballet dancing, the young audience will see and learn how set pieces are installed and curtains are hung, along with other production insights.

Although CCDE has toured its Nutcracker production to Tri-State schools in the past, 2019 marks only the second year for this unique educational performance at Old National Events Plaza. 

“The support and excitement around this particular school performance have been outstanding. We simply could not have imagined a full house of 2,400 students; it will be a tremendous experience for the dancers and audience alike,” said Deena Laska, founder of CCDE.

While the 9 AM school performance is private, the public is encouraged to attend The Children’s Nutcracker Friday evening at 7 PM.  This year, CCDE celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Nutcracker performances in the Tri-State.

What: Children’s Center for Dance Education presents The Children’s Nutcracker

When: Friday, December 13, 2019 at 9 AM (private school performance) and 7 PM (public performance)

Where: Old National Events Plaza

Tickets: $16.00

For more information, please visit or call 812-421-8066 for details.

About Old National Events Plaza

Old National Events Plaza, managed by ASM Global, is an impressive 280,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility offering affordable, flexible space and in-house services.  With a beautiful 2,500-seat theatre, a spacious 38,000 square-foot exhibit hall, 14,000 square-feet of elegant ballroom space, and twelve flexible 1,000 square-foot Meeting Rooms, Old National Events Plaza can host a variety of events with attendees ranging from 20 to 10,000.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit

About ASM Global

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