"The Nutcracker" by the California Ballet at San Diego Civic Theatre on December 14–22 (Up to 57% Off)

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Tchaikovsky's classic score twirls to life in a holiday classic which sees young Clara venture into a dreamland of snow and ice

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. G-Pass not redeemable with mobile app. Use for admission at San Diego Civic Theatre on day of show. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event. Doors open 1 hr before showtime. Merchant reserves the right to substitute closer seat assignment. For ADA seating, call California Ballet promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Nutcracker dazzles children’s eyes, but it also confirms their deep suspicion that toys come to life, even when no one is looking or poking them repeatedly with cattle prods. Feel the season’s electricity with this GrouponLive deal.

The Deal

  • One G-Pass to see The Nutcracker by the California Ballet, featuring the San Diego Symphony
  • Opening-weekend performances will feature Classics Philharmonic in place of the San Diego Symphony
  • Meet the cast at a post-show Sugar Plum Party after matinee performances
  • Where: San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.

Seating Options

Children must be at least 4 years old to attend Nutcracker and require a ticket.

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 Nutcracker presented by California Ballet

Based on a novel by the 19th century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure. Clara, the story's heroine, receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara 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 amid the dances of nimble snowflakes, the regal Sugar Plum Fairy, and seasonally confused vampires.

Tchaikovsky’s score features some of the most recognizable tunes in the repertoire, repurposed beyond the ballet world in works including Disney's Fantasia, which naturally chose to illustrate the music’s delicate beauty with dancing mushrooms and leaping radishes. Notable sections include the Waltz of the Snowflakes, which floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, and the second act's medley of exotic national dances, including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak. The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy's music-box-like theme springs from a celesta, a new instrument Tchaikovsky came across in Paris and hurriedly inserted into the score before his musical rivals could make use of its haunting, bell-like sound.

California Ballet's production of The Nutcracker includes audio and visual spectacles that include a live symphony orchestra and Sugar Plum Fairy tutu covered with more than 4,000 sequins. A long running show for them, they're currently closing in on their 470th Nutcracker performance, and will hit the milestone this season.

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