- One G-Pass to see Ballet and Friends presents The Nutcracker
- Where: Orpheum Theatre
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Dates and Times
- $24 for the show on Friday, November 29, at 5 p.m. or Saturday, November 30, at 11 a.m. (up to $49.30 value)
- $29 for the show on Saturday, November 30, at 5 p.m. or Sunday, December 1, at 1 p.m. (up to $49.30 value)
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won't need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect youth discounts.
Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King's head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate. Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky's dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers, regal fairy queens, and seasonally confused vampires. The "Waltz of the Snowflakes" floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, whereas the "Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must.
Initially unpopular when it premiered in Russia, The Nutcracker languished for decades with a reputation as one of Tchaikovsky's lesser works. Then, in the 1950s, the ballet’s status as a fixture of the holiday season began to grow as suddenly as Clara’s magic Christmas tree when renowned American choreographer George Balanchine staged it for the New York Ballet. Balanchine's elegant staging remains the most popular, alternating between breathtaking displays of balletic mastery by soloists and duos and large-scale set pieces that fill the stage with luminous costumes.
Ballet and Friends
In 1982, international ballet star Slawomir Woźniak set out to change the cultural landscape of Phoenix. The former principal at Warsaw's Teatr Wielki and National Opera, Woźniak works with local non-profit Ballet and Friends to elevate this art form for dancers and casual ballet fans alike. Along with his wife Irena, Woźniak operates Master Ballet Academy, a school for dance prodigies and professionals, which features world-renowned performers in their annual performance of The Nutcracker. From shows such as this, the non-profit program also raises money to support Toys for Tots, Phoenix Children's Hospital, and many other worthwhile organizations. They also provide an opportunity for thousands of children facing challenging circumstances to attend The Nutcracker.