Ballet dancers spend an unusual amount of time on their toes, much like the coworker who creeps up behind your chair every day just to watch you for a while. Gaze at grace with this GrouponLive deal to see the California Ballet at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Choose from a season package that includes presale tickets to Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake, or The Nutcracker alone, then select your preferred performance dates and seating options:
Season Package Deal
- For $55, you get lower-balcony or upper-loges seating to either the Saturday-evening or Sunday-afternoon performance of each ballet (up to a $110 value, including all fees).
- For $102, you get rear-orchestra or dress-circle seating to the Saturday-evening or Sunday-afternoon performance of each ballet (up to a $170 value, including all fees).
- For $144, you get Gold Rope front-orchestra seating to either the Saturday-evening performance or Sunday-afternoon performance of each ballet (up to a $240 value, including all fees).<p>
The Saturday package is valid for the following shows:
- Dracula, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
- The Nutcracker, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
- Swan Lake, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.<p>
The Sunday package is valid for the following shows:
- Dracula , Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.
- The Nutcracker, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.
- Swan Lake, May 19 at 2:30 p.m.<p>
- For $24, you get lower-balcony or upper-loges seating (up to a $40 value, including all fees).
- For $36, you get rear-orchestra or front-dress-circle seating (up to a $60 value, including all fees).
- For $54, you get Gold Rope front-center-orchestra seating (up to a $90 value, including all fees).<p>
These seating options are valid on the following dates and times:
- Saturday, December 15, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, December 16, at 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 19, at 7 p.m.
- Friday, December 21, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, December 22, at 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday, December 22, at 7 p.m.<p>
Doors open one hour before each performance. The performance is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes and includes two intermissions. Access to balcony seating requires the use of stairs.
Established in 1968, California Ballet is known for its century-spanning repertoire that mingles classics with contemporary hits. This year’s lineup matches the moods of the seasons with stories that vary in their respectively gloomy, cheerful, and bittersweet tones.
Staged just in time for Halloween, Dracula brings Bram Stoker’s opus to life by fusing the music of Wagner with gypsy brass. It was originally conceived and choreographed for the company by the late Charles Bennett in 1987, and has since gone on to draw critical acclaim and enjoy numerous productions from coast to coast. Mina Murray, Jonathan Harker, and the vampire-slaying scholar Professor Van Helsing engage the titular ghoul in a deadly dance that incorporates tango and waltz as an undercurrent of unrequited passion runs throughout. In a 1992 interview, Bennett told the Hartford Courant, “It’s basically a love story . . . my assumption is that Dracula certainly falls in love with all these women,” though he makes the classic romantic mistakes of coming on too strong and being an incarnation of pure evil.
Produced with an assist from Orchestra Nova and the San Diego Symphony, The Nutcracker brings back a well-known holiday tradition. On Christmas Eve, Clara’s toys come to life to help stave off the villainous Mouse King as Tchaikovsky’s score tip-toes, then sprints to a magical climax. Audiences are invited to meet the cast at post-show Sugar Plum Parties after matinee performances.
Presented as a part of California Ballet’s 45th anniversary celebration, the immortal Swan Lake, choreographed by Thor Sutowski, embodies ballet in its purest form. Over four tumultuous acts, young prince Siegfried and the cursed Swan Queen Odette play the part of star-crossed lovers, betrayed time and again by the warlock Von Rothbart and Odette’s vile doppelganger, Odile.
- 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