Though it is illegal for pranksters to shout about nonexistent fires in a theater, shrieking after an encounter with an underseat gum wad is permissible. Shout about what's on stage instead with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one orchestra level ticket (rows A–Q or closer) to the opening-night performance of Romeo and Juliet, presented by the Sacramento Ballet on Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. (a $51 value). Seating is first come first serve. Ripped straight from Shakespeare’s parchment, the Sacramento Ballet captures the passion and the tragedy of this classic love story through powerful, evocative dancing. Witness lively scenes of peasants street dancing, romantic pas de deux between star-crossed lovers, and stately disdain as the royal families of Verona face off in a showdown of Montague vs. Capulet vs. Fosse hands. Realistic scenes burst off the stage with sword-fighting choreography staged by fight master Dexter Fidler, music by Russian composer Serge Prokofiev, and hundreds of rich period costumes. As an added bonus, Groupon buyers can also choose to pick up their tickets 45 minutes early for a chance to mingle at an informal preperformance discussion about the ballet with choreographer and company Artistic Director Ron Cunningham.
Since its inception in 1954, the Sacramento Ballet has treated audiences to feats of lithe and limber strength created by some of the country's foremost choreographers and executed by a talented group of dancers. A grand and engaging interpretation of a literary classic, Romeo and Juliet provides a much more romantic way to kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend than plans to serenade one another with the wartime speeches of Winston Churchill.
Eight Yelpers give the Sacramento Ballet a 4.5-star average: