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Win tickets to Lively Arts Foundation’s “The Nutcracker”

Little known fact: In my younger years, I served as a stage hand for a local production of “The Nutcracker.” Essentially, I made sure that the Christmas tree got wheeled on stage at the right time and that the floors were mopped between shows (lest the dancers slip or trip). So, I’ve seen the show a couple of times and can say that there are few things more quintessentially Christmas than this ballet.

The Lively Arts Foundation presents its version of the retelling of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” this Saturday and Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre. We have two tickets to give Saturday night’s performance for one lucky Beehiver. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what you think of as quintessential to the season. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday.

Please don’t enter more than once. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email Thursday night. So check your email if you entered. Reminder: Because there are physical tickets, you will need to pick them up at The Fresno Bee office (1626 E. St.) during business hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Complete rules on the jump.

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 Lively Arts Foundation’s “The Nutcracker”"

Sarah says:

It’s not Christmas without watching Bill Murray’s 1988 classic “Scrooged”! Thanks for the opportunity to win tickets! :)

Josh Tehee says:

YES! That is classic.

Kaila says:

Watching great holiday movies with family, like ” A Christmas Story” and Nat’l Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”.

Malakai says:

A walk down Christmas Tree Lane!

Gina Sandoval says:

Christmas tree lane with hot chocolate and cookies is a family must.

Sharn says:

Watching The Nutcracker is quintessential to Christmas, of course!


something to enjoy!

Amy says:

Driving Christmas Tree Lane and cruising for other neighborhoods with lights, singing along to holiday favorites on the radio, and drinking hot cocoa is the best night we have as a family.

Christina Morris says:

Honestly, watching The Nutcracker is quintessential Christmas season for me personally. I watched it on PBS every year growing up. However, my favorite version of all time is the quirky and imaginitive Northwest Ballet version from the late 80′s.

Joni says:

Seeing a performance of “The Nutcracker” is one of the quintessential moments of the holiday season. Nothing conjures the magic of Christmas like the story of young Clara, who, after receiving a wooden nutcracker as a gift from her godfather on Christmas Eve, dreams of a nutcracker prince and his battle with a mouse king. I would love to share this wonderful holiday story with my children. Thanks for the oppertunity to winning the tickets.

Annalise says:

I love the Nutcracker! Nothing compares to seeing something live on stage performed by local artist who all come together from different dance schools. Please support our local dance community and please attend. Thank you Lively Arts for your contributions to our community.

Allison Vasquez says:

The Nutcracker is the best part of December!

Kellie says:

Would love to take my sister who loves Christmas more than anyone I know!! :)

Rita Hill says:

Dear Fresno beehive. I’d like to take the opportunity to enter your drawing to take my daughter to see the nutcracker. I went as a little girl and want her to experience the magic of Christmas through this joyful musical. She just loves singing Christmas songs and dancing and if love to see he face light up with joy. Thank you and merry Christmas.

Todd S. says:

Enjoying time as a family at events like the Nutcraker is quintessential to the season of course!

Geneva says:

I loved the Nutcracker as a young girl. It’s time I introduce my daughters to this quintessential part of the season.

annie poetker says:

Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ- is absolutely quintessential to the season!! He is the only SAVIOR Lord who is the Creator of all living things and deserves to be honored and glorified!!!! How humble and incredible that the Savior of the world was born in a stable with cows, goats , and sheep looking on.. no royal throne for Him.. He lived, died and rose again so mankind could be forgiven- JOHN 3:16 God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son (Jesus) whoever believes in Him will not perish but live forever !”… in a most wonderful and beautiful place.. IT IS TRUE!!!!! REALLY TRUE!!!!

Caty says:

The Nutcracker!

ed says:

I love to gather around the Festivus pole and air my family grievances. Afterward, we perform feats of strength, like trained ballerino. Last year, I brought my boss to celebrate Festivus with the family.
Festivus, for the rest of us.

Carmela says:

I have a 5 year old daughter who absolutely in love with ballet, I will be putting her in ballet and this will give her an idea how beautiful she will look when she’s on stage with her beautiful costume on and to follow her dream. Taking her will be the best Christmas gift I can ever give her. I know she will enjoy The Nutcracker she loves dance, music and looooves to dress up. This will also be great family outing, thank you!

Sarah says:

I would definitely say The Nutcracker and ELF!!!

ann espinosa says:

I would love to take my Daughter, she loves the dancing and especially all the Christmas decorations

Sherri says:

I love to introduce my daughter to all the delightful things that made memories for me when I was a child, and to also make our own unique memories at Christmas so she can pass them down to her children. Taking her to see The Nutcracker ballet would definitely be one of those memories we can make together.

Karen Chamberlin says:

Was is crucial for us at Christmas is spending time with our family…:) just not the same without all of us together..!

MK says:

Listening to Christmas tunes, watching Christmas movies, & in our family making tamales for Christmas Eve dinner! :)

Ronita says:

Baking Christmas cookies!

Danette Dunn says:

I think I can win, I think I can win, I think I can win, fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance!

Diane says:

Last time I went to The Nutcracker ballet was in Seattle, Washington over 25 years ago. I would LOVE to see it in Fresno.

Mychal says:

Watching my kids open their presents on Christmas morning is absolutely priceless! And all the Christmas goodies make the season bright.

Lisa Squire says:

My Mom instilled in me from a very young age the love of theater and dance. Christmas is never really Christmas until I’ve watched “Holiday Inn” with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.

marissa says:

would love to take my girls to see the nutcracker!!

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