to 'The Nutcracker'
You can win four tickets to “The Nutcracker.” The Lively Arts Foundation production at the Saroyan Theatre plays 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. It features professional guest dancers in leading roles plus members of the Central California Ballet.
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One reader will win a four-pack of tickets to the Saturday matinee, and another reader will win a four-pack of tickets to the Saturday evening performance.
To enter this giveaway, leave a reply on this post below answering this question: What’s your first memory of attending “The Nutcracker”? (Or you can just tell us why you want to go to the concert.) Also: Please indicate the performance you’d like to attend (or you can pick both.) Deadline to enter is noon Tuesday, Dec. 18. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email.
I would LOVE to attend this concert! I’ve never had the pleasure to experience this spectacle. Thanks Donald for giving us a chance.
(Posted for Patty Stratton): I would love to take my two granddaughters along with their mom to see the Nutcracker. They both perform in a difference venue, but they love to see all kinds of performers work their magic for the audience. They have a great appreciation for what it takes to be a true performer that shares with and includes their audience.
Dec 22nd. 730 pm
Ken & Carol Maul
I was visiting my sister and her family in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada — and they had tickets to The Nutcracker in Toronto — what an experience!!! Would love to win — we would take Isabella!!!
Ken & Carol Maul
Either time is fine!!
I have been a fan of The Nutcracker (and Tchaikovsky) from such an early age that it would be difficult to gauge when I first went to a performance, but I do remember very well the last time I saw the ballet––it was Christmastime,1989, at The Saroyan. I was attending Roosevelt School of the Arts at that time and watching some of my classmates performing as Toy Soldiers on stage. It made me determined to try out as any sort of extra the following year. Unexpectedly, I transferred to another high school an hour away before the end of the school year and never got the chance, and worse, never got to see a live performance of the ballet since! Nearly 30 years later I am anxious to take my young daughter to her first ballet, and it would mean so much for it to be the same one, at the same theater. We both would be thrilled to go, and take her father and grandmother to the matinee on Saturday, if possible, but either performance would be wonderful!
I would love to win tickets for my daughter and granddaughter. It’s a tradition I began when my granddaughter was 3 for our family to go watch such a beautiful performance. She performs in the Nutcracker for her dance school for the past 2 years. She tells me “One day I’ll be Claire” and she’s 8. We love to attend the evening performance.
My first memory of going to the Nutcracker was with my mom at the Saroyan Theatre when I was a young girl, now my mom and I go with my girls and hopefully we can their girls (if they have them) someday. I collect Nutcrackers and now my daughters do too. The Nutcracker is an integral part of the Christmas holiday for my family!
My first memory is performing in it! We would love to attend the 2 pm performance.
Taking my daughter since 5years old would love to be able keep tradition going
Love to see it. I try to go with my grandchildren every other year. Thanks.
Would love to see the Nutcracker!
The smell of gingerbread!
I have never seen the Nutcracker live, only on film on PBS with the San Francisco Ballet and it was spectacular. I am sure the local production is very nice and I haven’t been inside the saroyan in years, give me an excuse to to go and take my 8 year old daughter, get dressed up in our holiday finest.
My first memory was taking my six year old son who now is 44. We came home and although it was late he insisted on playing the melody with one hand on the piano having no lessons at all. Was very creepy.
I would love to take my family to the nutcracker! My first memory seeing the ballet was when I was 7 – my mom took me to San Francisco to see the nutcracker and it was something I’ll never forget. We would make either show.
Praying for a xmas miracle! Dec 22. 730pm.