"The Nutcracker" presented by New West Ballet

Poway Center for the Performing Arts

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In a Nutshell

Classic holiday ballet about a magical nutcracker, villainous mice, and a journey through an enchanted wonderland

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Expiration varies. Limit 8 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 Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Must provide first and last name at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption of voucher. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must nwnutcracker@cox.net by 11/22 to sit together. Discount reflects New West Ballet's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 1hr before showtime. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between the Following Seating Options:

Feel the season’s electricity with this GrouponLive deal to see The Nutcracker, presented by New West Ballet at Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

  • For $15, you get one ticket for seating in the rear orchestra, rows M–U (up to a $30 value).
  • For $20, you get one ticket for seating in the front mezzanine, rows AA–EE (up to a $40 value).<p>

Choose from the following showtimes:

  • Friday, November 23, at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24, at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 25, at 2 p.m.<p>

Doors open an hour before showtime.

The Plot

Based on a novel by the 19th-century romantic fabulist E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Nutcracker weaves a magical tale of holiday adventure. Clara, the story’s heroine, receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, Clara 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 amid the dances of nimble snowflakes and the regal Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Music 

Tchaikovsky’s score features some of the most recognizable tunes in music, repurposed beyond the ballet world in works including Disney’s Fantasia, which naturally chose to illustrate the music’s delicate beauty with dancing mushrooms and leaping radishes. Notable sections include the Waltz of the Snowflakes, which floats weightlessly above the angelic voices of a youth choir, and the second act’s medley of exotic national dances, including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak. The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’s music-box-like theme springs from a celesta, a new instrument Tchaikovsky came across in Paris and hurriedly inserted into the score before his musical rivals could make use of its haunting, bell-like sound. 

History Lesson

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.

Customer Reviews

It is a lower level ballet. It was still quite good.
Shane H. · November 30, 2014

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