Win tickets to ‘The Nutcracker’ with the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara

You can win a pair of tickets to the Valley Performing Arts Council’s production of “The Nutcracker” (6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Saroyan Theatre). Santa Barbara’s acclaimed State Street Ballet returns with a full company of professional dancers to perform the classic. They will join talented dance students from across the central San Joaquin Valley in the production. Choreographers Rodney Gustafson and Marina Fliagina created numbers to Tchaikovsky’s original score.

Says Yukari Thiesen, artistic director for VPAC: “This particular ballet is often people’s first introduction to live ballet and a longstanding tradition for many families. Not only is it audience friendly, The Nutcracker is very unusual in that it includes so many children throughout the performance. I can’t think of another classical ballet that uses children this much, and in that way it’s very special.”

The contest is open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. Tax-deductible memberships start at $5 a month, and you can make a one-time donation of as little as $3. (Paid memberships help keep the site running, and paid members get special members-only benefits. Please consider a paid membership in support of independent, local arts journalism.) A free membership option is available. For details on how to join, go to the Membership and Sponsorship page. No purchase, donation or membership is necessary to enter the ticket giveaway.

To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post (see below) answering this question:  If you went to the Kingdom of the Sweets, would you load up on chocolate? Or would you choose the non-chocolate offerings? (Or you can just say why you’d like to attend.) Please indicate which performance you’d like to attend. Deadline to enter is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Comments (10)

  • Steph

    Please don’t consider me as I’m unable to attend, but I just wanted to say is there any better name than ‘Marina Fliagina.’ I love saying it out loud with a stereotyped Italian accent: “Ah, itsa Marina Fli-a-gin-a! So nice!”

  • Terry Rodriguez

    Saturday performance. Chocolate. Always chocolate

  • Danielle Seaberg

    All the chocolate! Especially dark chocolate!!

  • Cathy Dunlap

    Chocolate for sure!

  • Rose Peralta

    Ooooooooh chocolate hands down! Saturday 1pm showing, please. Would love to take my little girl. We both love the story. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Barbara Mecca

    Is there any thing better than chocolate? The 1 pm Sat performance. Thank you!

  • Karen Gorham

    I’ve always wanted to see this ballet of the nutcracker. Please pick me

  • Mary Flores

    Chocolate is one of my favorite food group. Friday at 6:30 is perfect, thank you. 🤴🏼👸🐭

  • Javier Cabrera

    CHOCOLATE would be so amazing as well as seeing this show! Friday at 6:30pm would be much appreciated. Thank you Donald for the consideration!

  • Kristin Lozano

    Would love to see my little student perform. She is a Bon Bon which is the role my daughter did 12 years ago.


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