Updated: Win a four-pack of tickets to ‘The Nutcracker’ at Saroyan Theatre

Update: I’ve added a giveaway for “The Nutcracker.” Details are below.

If it’s the end of November, that means one thing: There are a bunch of arts events (both holiday-related and non-holiday) opening the next couple of weekends. And I’m giving away tickets to a lot of them!

As always, ticket giveaways are open to members of The Munro Review. Paid memberships are what help keep this site going, and there is also a free membership option.

You can win tickets to “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “Disney’s Descendants: The Musical,” the Fresno Philharmonic’s “Home for the Holidays” concert, Fresno State theater’s production of “Wilderness,” and the nearly sold-out choral event of the season, an intimate concert by the Fresno Master Chorale. Enter by leaving a comment on this post (see the rules below). There are different entry deadlines for each event, so take note. Most events require proof of vaccination and masks; be sure to check with the box office with any questions.

California Opera’s ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ (Dec. 3, Mercedes Edwards Theatre)

Edna Garabedian’s company, California Opera, presents the holiday favorite “Amahl and the Night Visitors” combined with the local holiday tradition “Doctors at the MET,” which features local golden-voiced physicians and medical students. Tickets for this family favorite are free, which makes it a great outing, but I’m also offering two pairs of special reserved seats. Deadline to enter: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

‘Disney’s Descendants: The Musical,’ Children’s Musical Theaterworks (Dec. 3-12, Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium)

The new production based on the Disney Channel original movie is directed by Rachel Hibler. I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to any performance of this Children’s Musical Theaterworks presentation. Deadline to enter: 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3.


Fresno Philharmonic’s ‘Home for the Holidays (Dec. 4, Saroyan Theatre)

Saturday’s concert will be significant not only for spreading holiday cheer but also because it marks the orchestra’s move back into the Saroyan Theatre after a pandemic absence. (The fall Masterworks concerts this season have been held in the smaller Shaghoian Hall.)

The guest artists are opera singers Jill Gardner (soprano) and Timothy LeFebvre (baritone).

The program includes music from “The Nutcracker,” “Frozen” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” as well as other traditional holiday favorites (“Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas” and more). Even though the audience will need to be masked, the concert will conclude with the traditional holiday audience sing-along.

The program will be about 75-80 minutes long and will be performed without intermission.

I’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets. Deadline to enter: 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

Fresno State’s ‘Wilderness’ (Dec. 3-11, John Wright Theatre)

Director Kathleen McKinley tackles “Wilderness,” an innovative contemporary play by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger about a group of troubled young people who attend a summer Outward Bound-type of experience. Based on extensive interviews with real youths and their parents, this docudrama-style play features live performance, video performance, music and choreography. Focused on the pressures and complexities that accompany coming of age in 21st-century America, one question emerges: How do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world? I’m giving away two pairs of tickets to any performance. Deadline to enter: 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

Central California Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (Dec. 11 and 12, Saroyan Theatre)

The holiday tradition returns after a pandemic-era absence. This sumptuous production of “The Nutcracker,” presented by Central California Ballet, features a cast of 150 performers. Guest dancers Jackie McConnell and Michael Wells, principal dancers with Diablo Ballet, will dance the Grand Pas. Paunika Jones, formerly a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Lawrence Chen, principal dancer from the Oakland Ballet, are featured as the Snow Queen and King. I’m giving away a family four-pack of tickets to each performance. Deadline to enter: 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

Fresno Master Chorale’s ‘And Suddenly With the Angels’ (Dec. 12, Willow Avenue Mennonite Church)

Choral singing is one of the last art forms to emerge in these still tenuous post-pandemic days, and because of the risks, the Fresno Master Chorale is being extra careful with small, socially distanced performances. “And Suddenly With the Angels” is the first open-to-the-public concert by the Chorale since the pandemic began, and the small number of tickets available means it will sell out soon. I have a pair to give away to a lucky TMR member, however. It’s for the 2:30 p.m. performance on Dec. 12. Deadline to enter: 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

How to enter

Here are the rules:

Ticket giveaways are open only to members, donors and individual sponsors of The Munro Review. A free basic membership is available, and paid memberships start at $5 a month. (You can always opt for a one-time donation of as little as $3.) I love signing up new free members, but even better is adding members who are willing to financially support local arts journalism. It’s the only way this site can thrive. Memberships and donations are tax-deductible; The Munro Review is a non-profit site under the fiscal sponsorship of the Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC). To become a member, click here.

To enter, tell me which production(s) you’re hoping for by leaving a comment. You’ll find the comment field near the bottom of the page (just past my bio). Note the deadlines; they differ for each event. You’re welcome to enter for multiple events.


Covering the arts online in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond. Lover of theater, classical music, visual arts, the literary arts and all creative endeavors. Former Fresno Bee arts critic and columnist. Graduate of Columbia University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Excited to be exploring the new world of arts journalism.

Comments (20)

  • Steph

    My niece and I would love to see The Descendants!

  • Patty Stratton

    We have supported each of these companies in the past, however, now it would be great to win tickets to either Fresno State or Saroyan. If I were to win the tickets to the Fresno Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium I would take my granddaughter–she loves their productions!

    Thank you for your consideration!

  • Cleo Bauer

    “WIlderness” sounds very intriguing. Would love to win tickets. Thanks for your continually keeping us abreast of our local cultural happenings!

  • Karina C Balfour

    A pair of tickets to Fresno State’s Wilderness would be a lovely treat!

  • Linda Ramirez

    Mahler and the Night Visitors

  • Susan Alvarado

    I am throwing my hat in the ring for CMT Decendants. Thank you.

  • Jeanie McKelvey

    I would love to see Wilderness and Hime for the Holidays! My son is is Wilderness!!

  • Kaila Igasan

    I’d love to see Wilderness or The Nutcracker!! I’ve been waiting for Wilderness!!

  • Linda Ramirez

    Live us to the Holiday Show this weekend.

  • Sandi

    After your review and our personal experience with the almost nonexistent protocol procedures for Cats, have you received any reassurances that the stated protocols will be enforced for future events at the Saroyan?

  • Susan McAndrew

    Dear Donald,
    I’d love to go to the Philharmonic Holiday Concert or the Fresno Master Chorale event.
    Thanks for offering

  • Lorenzo Bassman

    We’d be up for “Wilderness.”

  • Ernie Garcia

    I would love to see the Fresno Phil or the Fresno Master Chorale!

  • Adam Longatti


  • Norma Kaser

    Donald, I would love to have tickets to Disney’s Descendants to share with my CASA child.

  • Janet Baker

    I would love to see Wilderness. I am always impressed by Fresno State productions.

  • Mr. Munro,
    MY granddaughter is hyped for attending THE NUTCRACKER, and I have permission to take her. Tickets would be a marvelous addition to the plan. Thanks.

  • Pepper DeLano-Doty

    I’ve never seen a full length, live performance of The Nutcracker (or any classical ballet.) I would love to take my son.

  • Linda Ramirez

    The Nutcracker is a tradition. Love to see it again

  • Karly Guerrero

    I would love to take my little sister to see the Nutcracker, she is huge fan! Watching my older cousin perform the Nutcracker when I was little has been one of my all-time favorite holiday memories… I haven’t seen it in about 10 years and would love to see it again. 🙂


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