"The Nutcracker"

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Family-friendly holiday ballet regales audiences with timeless tale of Clara and her wooden nutcracker accompanied by a 52-piece orchestra

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Promotional value expires Nov 25, 2013. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Ventura County Ballet's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1 hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One ticket to see Ventura County Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”
  • Where: Oxnard Performing Arts Center
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values includes all fees.<p>

Seating Options

  • $15 for far left or far right upper mezzanine section (up to $20 value)
  • $19 for rows NN, OO, PP, or RR of the upper mezzanine section (up to $25 value)
  • Click here to view the seating chart.<p>

The Nutcracker

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, regal fairy queens, and seasonally confused vampires. 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. The production is accompanied by a live 52-piece symphony orchestra. 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.

Initially unpopular when it premiered in Russia, The Nutcracker languished for decades with a reputation as one of Tchaikovsky’s lesser works. Then, in the 1950s, the ballet’s status as a fixture of the holiday season began to grow as suddenly as Clara’s magic Christmas tree when renowned American choreographer George Balanchine staged it for the New York Ballet. Balanchine’s elegant staging remains the most popular, alternating between breathtaking displays of balletic mastery by soloists and duos and large-scale set pieces that fill the stage with luminous costumes.<p>

The Ventura County Ballet Company

What do dancers at the Monte Carlo Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet have in common? Besides the supernatural ability to walk on their toes, they got their start with The Ventura County Ballet Company. Ventura County Ballet is a nonprofit committed to creating art while developing young talent and sharing the results with the community through large-scale classic works like The Nutcracker in addition to original works and educational outreach.

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    Oxnard Performing Arts Center

    800 Hobson Way

    Oxnard, CA 93030

    +18056482080

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