Live theater tends to be more thrilling than film, largely due to the heightened odds of seeing someone flub a line or deliver a stirring monologue while sitting in your lap. Witness truly dramatic close-ups with this GrouponLive deal to see A Christmas Story or The Nutcracker at Olmsted Performing Arts Center. Choose between the following ticketing options:
- For $12, you get two tickets (up to a $30 value).
- For $24, you get four tickets (up to a $60 value).
Choose from the following performance dates to see A Christmas Story:
- Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 8, at 7 p.m.
Choose from the following performance dates to see The Nutcracker:
- Friday, December 14, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m.
Seating is in the reserved or orchestra level B sections. Doors open one hour before the show.
A Christmas Story
In this theatrical adaptation of the classic film, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants nothing more for Christmas than a Red Ryder BB gun, no matter what its cost in eyes. On his quest to prove the virtue of his cause, Ralphie encounters discouraging teachers, unfriendly Santas, the Queen Mother of Dirty Words, and worst of all, a bright pink set of bunny pajamas. Released in 1983 and based on the semifictional anecdotes of memoirist Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story swiftly cemented itself as a holiday tradition, and today families continue to respond to its warm humor.
Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s celebrated score, 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.