- One G-Pass to see The Nutcracker presented by the California Ballet, featuring the San Diego Symphony
- Meet the cast at a postshow Sugar Plum Party after 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. performances
- When: December 13–21
- Where: San Diego Civic Theatre
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $22 for the balcony (up to $47 value). All balcony seats require the use of stairs.
- $30 for the rear mezzanine or dress circle (up to $62.50 value)
- $40 for the rear orchestra or front mezzanine (up to $72.50 value)
- $60 for the gold-rope section (up to $86.25 value)
- Click to view the seating chart
- At the Civic Theatre, odd-numbered seats are on one side and even-numbered seats are on the other
Children must be at least 4 years old to attend The Nutcracker, and require a ticket. This show runs two hours long and includes a 15-minute intermission. All performances feature a live orchestra; the Classics Philharmonic Orchestra on December 13 and 14 and the San Diego Symphony December 17-21.
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. Discount reflects the merchant’s current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event.
The Nutcracker presented by California Ballet
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 and regal fairy queens. 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.
Even when a ballet imposes technical challenges and its reputation raises expectations to near-impossible levels, California Ballet’s dancers and artists don’t shy away. Much of the company’s repertoire reads like a 19th-century Top-10 list—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Swan Lake—yet it makes each staging uniquely its own, either by revamping the choreography, casting The Nutcracker with upwards of 200 students from its dance school, or creating sets and costumes that would dazzle an “Ooooh” out of a royal guardsman.
- The Company: since its inception in 1968, California Ballet has grown into the largest professional ballet company in Southern California
- The Repertoire: California Ballet's principal dancers restage demanding classics such as Giselle, Swan Lake, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but the company also cultivates daring new works (The Great Gatsby, Dracula) and fresh local talent through its school
- The Seasonal Highlight: California Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre, which draws an audience of more than 25,000 people each year