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- One ticket to three performances in the California Ballet's 2014–2015 season: Giselle, The Nutcracker, and A Midsummer Night's Dream
- When: select dates, November 1, 2014–April 12, 2015
- Where: San Diego Civic Theatre
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $59 for balcony seating at Sunday matinees (November 2, December 21, April 12) or Saturday evening shows (November 1, December 20, April 11) at 7:30 p.m. (up to $139.50 value). All balcony seats require the use of stairs.
- $99 for rear orchestra or front mezzanine seating at Sunday matinees or Saturday evening shows (up to $216.75 value)
- $149 for gold rope or front and center orchestra seating at Sunday matinees or Saturday evening shows (up to $311.25 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart
California Ballet's 2014–2015 Season
When Giselle discovers that the man she desires, Albrecht, is a disguised nobleman—and engaged—the young peasant flies into a frantic madness that wears out her heart. Rising from the grave due to the power of the Wilis, a group of womanly spirits who dance men to death, Giselle joins them in wandering the woods in search of prey. Unfortunately for Giselle, who they find is Albrecht lingering at her tombstone to beg forgiveness and take notes for his book on rural stonework. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
California Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker with a live orchestra has become a cherished holiday tradition. Based on a novel by 19th-century romantic fabulist E.T.A. Hoffman, the ballet weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure around one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire. Choreographer and company director Maxine Mahon finds new dimension in Tchaikovsky's world of Sugar Plum Fairies, dancing snowflakes, and vengeful rodent monarchs. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Borne along by Felix Mendelssohn's sweeping music, A Midsummer Night's Dream interprets Shakespeare's tale of quarreling lovers and mischievous fairies, sending audiences on a romp rife with comic misunderstandings and imps named after hockey equipment. Puck, the servant to the king of the fairies, sets off a chain reaction when his love potion causes the fairy queen to fall in love with a weaver-turned-donkey. Then, human lovers fall into the mix, and a night of confusion unfolds in a magical forest. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
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—A 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