"The Nutcracker"

San Diego Civic Theatre

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In a Nutshell

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

The Fine Print

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The Deal

  • One G-Pass to see The Nutcracker presented by the California Ballet
  • $15–$25 for balcony (up to $47.75 value)
  • $20–$30 for rear mezzanine or dress circle (up to $63 value)
  • $30–$40 for rear orchestra or front mezzanine (up to $73 value)
  • $40–$60 for front orchestra (up to $114.75 value)
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Ticket prices and values vary depending on the date and showtime you select. Seating availability also varies depending on the date.

Dates and Times

  • Saturday, December 12 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 20 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Please note that odd-numbered seats are on one side of the theater and even-numbered seats are on the other side at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

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

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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.

For California Ballet’s take on this timeless story, Maxine Mahon’s choreography adds an element of romance—Clara, a pre-teen girl, is just beginning to think about love, and spends perhaps a little too much time studying Drosselmeyer’s nephew. As she falls asleep, the boy appears in her dreams, transformed into the Nutcracker Prince. This double-casting allows the dancers and live orchestra to tell not only the story of Clara’s adventures through the land of sweets, but the land of grownup love as well.

California Ballet

  • 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

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