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Win tickets to ‘The Nutcracker’

UPDATE: Congratulations to winner Whitney Saubert.

ORIGINAL POST: No question about it, this is a big ticket week here at the Beehive. In addition to the “Parental Guidance” and “How to Train Your Dragon Live” giveaways already ongoing, I’m throwing another one into the mix: the Central California Ballet production of “The Nutcracker.”

I have a four-pack of tickets to give away to one reader to the 7:30 p.m. Saturday performance at the Saroyan Theatre. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite “Nutcracker” memory. (Or, if you’ve never seen the show, tell us why you’d like to go.) I’ll select one comment at random as the winner.

Deadline is 2 p.m. THURSDAY.

If you win, you’ll be able to pick up the tickets at the door.  Please don’t enter more than once. Check your email between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Thursday to see if you won, because that’s how I’ll be notifying winners. Complete rules on the jump.

In the meantime, you can read my piece about Michaela DePrince’s amazing journey from African orphanage to this weekend’s Sugar Plum Fairy in Thursday’s Life section. (She’s pictured above.)

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to ‘The Nutcracker’"

Brandy Medina says:

I’ve never been to the Nutcracker, but would love to take my daughter for our first time!

Valerie Macias says:

I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing The Nutcracker and would love to have a date night with my husband and see it. Fingers crossed.

Marina Antuna says:

My 6yr old little brother, 5yr old nephew, and 10yr old daughter would love to go and watch the Nutcracker for their first time. They’ve seen the commercials and their little faces light up when they hear the music start up. It would be a real treat for these little ones. :-)

Janet Heidinger says:

I just watched “First Position” on DVD last week. It is a documentary on the international competition for ballet dancers which is held annually in New York City. Michaela was one of the featured dancers……and I can’t believe it! Will she be featured in this production? I would be more than honored to attend. Never tire of “Nutcracker” (XMAS TRADITION)

Jacob says:

Yes. Thank you for mentioning the documentary. I encourage everyone to watch it. The documentary is streaming on netflix.

Danielle Yee says:


Alexy says:

Would love to see the show…never seen it personally..but the music is beautiful!

Christy says:

I’ve never seen the Nutcracker. I’ve always wanted to, but could never afford it. It would make a great birthday gift! My 45th birthday falls on December 19th. The only good thing about having a birthday during the holidays… are the lights and decorations.

William says:

I vaguely recall seeing the Nutcracker back in middle school (when I played in the school band). I’d love another opportuntity to see it again, and this time share it with my family!

Mary says:

I remember going to see the Nutcracker with my mom and my grandmother who has since passed. We would get dressed up and I got to feel like a grown up. I would LOVE to take my daughter and share the same memory with her. May I repeat LOVE LOVE LOVE to take her.

Katrina says:

The holidays just don’t seem complete until you’ve experienced the MAGIC of the Nutcracker Ballet.

Michelle says:

I’m new to Fresno and have seen the Fresno Philharmonic Holiday Pops show, and would love to see the Nutcracker!

Sherry Ochs says:

Would love to go!!

Wienzer says:

I’d love to take my family to this. My grandmother took me when I was about the age of my sons, and I still remember it fondly.

Leonor Villanueva says:

The Nutcracker was my first exposure to a ballet production at the age of 5. I remember being all dressed up and attending the cast party. I knew then that I loved theatre, ballet, and stage productions.

Whitney says:

Always love the Sugar Plum Fairy. It is not Christmas until you hear The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Jeanne McDaniel-Allen says:

It’s been my daughter’s dream to see the nutcracker ballet since she was 3 years old and watched it on PBS w/ her grandpa. He couldn’t nor could I afford tickets to take her to the show. So, inturn he bought her a nutcracker & started her collection. She received a new nutcracker each year til her grandpa passed away & then I took over as well as Santa getting her a new 1 each year. We watch the Nutcracker Ballet each year on tv & she always says how much she would love to see it live. She even has special nutcracker ballet Ornaments we have to hang on our Christmas tree every year that were given to her by her grandma who also passed away a few years ago. Her 10th birthday is Dec19th & that would be the greatest gift for her to see the show.

Amy says:

We saw Michaela dance when Dance Theater of Harlem performed here last month and she was spectacular. She gave a preview of a piece from Nutcracker and her energy is a treat to watch.

Luis Solis says:

I’ve never watched this and would love for my family to experience this together.

Grace Liu says:

I love the Nutcracker ballet and music. I went to my first Nutcracker at the Saroyan when I was 9 years old. I was enchanted by the music and the colors. I wished the second half would never end. That will always be one of my favorite memories of my childhood. My family has seen the Nutcracker almost every year since I was 9 years old. I have been to a Nutcracker performance in Fresno at least 7 times. Even if the bigger cities have more elaborate productions, I love the Fresno productions because the audience is closer to the dancers. There is such warmth in the productions.

Janet says:

I have never seen the Nutcracker…this would be sooooooo great!!!!

Efren says:

I love the music and would love to take my wife to see the Ballet.

Hilda says:

I seen the Nutcracker many years ago, as a child. I would love to see the Ballet again now a very grown adult and take my other half with me!

Sarah says:

My favorite memory of the Nutcracker is the Russian Dancers!

Stephanie says:

I remember as a kid going to what we called in school “church on the hill” to watch a preformance of the nutcracker. I fell in love that very moment. Now my 4 year old who’s biggest dream is to become a ballerina herself LOVES the nutcracker. I would love to be able to take her to see it live. I think it would really make her dreams come true. Hopefully one day whent times get a lil better financially we will be able to enroll her in a ballet class. So her dreams of becoming a ballerina can come true. But for now I’m crossing my fingers in hope she wins these tickets to see a real live ballet showing of the nutcracker. Thank you.

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