The Nutcracker at the Civic Theater Invites Families to Meet Performers Plus Discount Code and Giveaway!


Winners have been selected.

The winners are: Kari, Lalita and Darleen! Congratulations!

Thank you all for participating.

California Ballet Company Presents

The Nutcracker

December 15 & 16, 2012 with Orchestra Nova

December 19 – 23, 2012 with the San Diego Symphony

San Diego Civic Theatre – Accompanied by Orchestra Nova and the San Diego Symphony

Conducted by Music Director John Stubbs

The California Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Civic Theater in San Diego.


The 2012 Nutcracker Production Sponsor – The Westgate Hotel

Enter my giveway for THREE 4 packs of tickets to The Nutcracker!

Two for One ticket discount code also below!

(Info after the Jump)

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition the whole family can enjoy. The California Ballet will be performing this timeless classic at the Civic Theater in San Diego, and is offering a very special opportunity for kids to meet the performers!

“In its 45th season, California Ballet Company enthusiastically announces their current production of The Nutcracker. Choreographed by Director Maxine Mahon, and featuring Tchaikovsky’s score, this year’s production boasts a seasoned cast including Guest Artist Corey Stearns, principal with American Ballet Theatre. This is Mr. Stearns’ first appearance with California Ballet Company. California Ballet dancers featured on the program include Ballerina Chie Kudo, Principals Vitaliy Nechay, Carlo Di Dio, and Bernadette Torres, and Soloists Rebecca Correia, Ashley Akacich, Oscar Burciaga, and Hugo Carreón.

The Nutcracker will run at the San Diego Civic Theatre from December 15-16, 2012 with Orchestra Nova and December 19-23 with the San Diego Symphony. California Ballet Music Director John Stubbs will conduct both orchestras. Patrons are invited to attend the Sugar Plum Parties to meet cast members following every matinee performance

The 2012 performances of The Nutcracker are generously sponsored by the Westgate. Financial support for the 2012-2013 Season is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County Board of Supervisors at the recommendation of Pam Slater-Price and Ron Roberts, Supervisors, County of San Diego, and the Hermann Foundation.”

Adult ticket prices range from $25-$80 and children 12 & under receive a 25% discount on tickets in most sections. Tickets may be purchased at the California Ballet Box Office (858.560.6741), The San Diego Civic Theatre (619.570.1100), or online at  Contact the Box Office at 858-560-6741 for information on Group sales and the Scout ticketing program.

In addition to these performances, the California Ballet will be presenting a Preview Dress Rehearsal at the Civic Theatre on December 14 at 7:00pm. This preview provides an opportunity for local schools, children’s groups, and help organizations to become familiar with arts, attending at little to no cost. For detailed information regarding Preview Dress Rehearsals, call 858.560.5676 ext. 16, or visit the Education and Outreach pages at

Maxine Mahon’s The Nutcracker has a cast of 160 including 35 professional dancers and apprentices, and alternating casts of children auditioned from the California Ballet School and the community.

Patron Notes:

  • Performance Run Time – 2 hours including one intermission.
  • Children must be 3 years old and up to attend.
  • Patrons are invited to meet the cast at the Sugar Plum Parties immediately following all matinee performances at 1:00, 2:30 and 5:30pm. Sugar Plum parties will be held at the Grand Salon on the second level of the theater. Children are invited to meet the cast, take photos with them, and share Gingerbread cookies.

To help you, my loyal readers, California Ballet is providing you with a special 2 for 1 ticket promotion. Using the special link below, enter the Promo Code “ICE” at check out. This code is only valid for ticket prices of $40, $50 or $60.

1) Go to this link :

2) Select date and time of performance you’d like to attend,

3) Fill in code  ICE in the “Enter offer code/password” area and you will see a message saying ‘offer code accepted.”

Now for even better news! I have THREE 4-packs of tickets to The Nutcracker to giveaway!! THREE lucky readers can win a 4 pack of tickets to see The Nutcracker at The Civic Theater in San Diego courtesy of California Ballet!

The dates and show times for these FREE tickets are valid as follows:

One 4-pack for Wednesday, December 19 at 7PM

One 4-pack for Thursday, December 20 at 7PM

One 4-pack for Friday, December 21 at 7PM

To enter to win one of the 4-packs of tickets to The Nutcracker,  simply do any or all of the following. Each action gives you an extra entry so the more you do the better your chances of winning.

1. Leave a comment telling me you want to go see The Nutcracker and which date. PLEASE include a valid email in your comment. Failure to include an email disqualifies comment.

2. Become a fan of Mamarazzi Knows Best on Facebook:

3. Follow me on Twitter

Contest rules:
  • Include your email so I can contact you if you win. You will have 24 hours to respond to your notification email or another winner will be selected.
  • Only open to US residents. Must be 18 or over to enter.
  • Contest closes December 15 and all THREE winners will be selected at random and notified on 12/15 on this blog, Twitter and Facebook along with an email. You must respond to the email within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
  • Tickets will be waiting at Will Call and are valid for one of the following performances:
  • One 4-pack for Wednesday, December 19 at 7, PM, One 4-pack for Thursday, December 20 at 7PM, One 4-pack for Friday, December 21 at 7PM.

Don’t miss this chance to see The Nutcracker and create unforgettable holiday memories with your family and friends!



  1. Pick me, pick me! I’d love the Thursday tickets! :))) denisevakili (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks for the great opportunity to win!

  2. I remember the first time I saw The Nutcracker. I was eight and my aunt took me to see the San Francisco Ballet perform as a birthday gift. Afterward, we went to Chinese food and I slept over at her cool apartment in the city. Truly, one of my best memories. I’d like to take my kids to see it (my oldest is now eight) so they can have beautiful memories of the show like I did!

  3. gigi says:

    I would love to take my family to see the Nutcracker on Wednesday, 12/19!!!

  4. I would love to go see The Nutcracker! I want some tickets please for friday the 21st at 7 pm. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  5. Danielle says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to attend the Friday, December 21 at 7PM showing with my family. My children would love this.

  6. Danielle says:

    I’m a fan of Mamarazzi Knows Best on Facebook

  7. Danielle says:

    I’m a fan of Mamarazzi Knows Best on Twitter

  8. Tonya Staab says:

    Oh. My. Word. My daughter would absolutely LOVE it if I took her and her bff to see this. I’m open to all of the above dates and times :).

  9. Tonya Staab says:

    Also, I’m already following you on twitter, of course :).

  10. I would love to win tickets for the Friday night performance so I could take my family to see the Nutcracker. This would be a wonderful event to share together!

  11. I follow Mamarazzi Knows Best on Facebook.

  12. I follow Mamazazzi Knows Best on Twitter. 🙂

  13. I would love to see the Nutcracker and take my 2 girls! I was a dancer as a youngster and remember being amazed by it all. Would love for my girls to have the same experience! Especially my 5yo who takes ballet 🙂 I’d prefer Friday Dec. 21, but would take the other dates too. Following you on both twitter and facebook.

  14. Kari says:

    I love The Nutcracker- I still have vivid memories of dancing around to it on tv as a small child. The first time I saw it in person was with my girl scout troop when I was about 6. It is now part of my yearly Christmas traditions! Any of those dates would work for me.

  15. Kari says:

    Liked you on FB.

  16. Kari says:

    Following you on twitter. @MommytoElodie

  17. What a great giveaway! I remember watching this once as a kid. I remember almost every detail. It would be great to take my son to this. 🙂

  18. Lysa says:

    I’d love to take my boys to their first theater experience! They are lovers of the arts!

  19. Lysa says:

    Following on FB and Twitter! Any of the dates are ok for us! @garciabrossay love the arts!

  20. My 8-year-old daughter would LOVE to take 2 friends (and me!) to see The Nutcracker on any date you’ll offer to us, Suzette!! Valid email: We’ll make sure to clear our schedules for Wed, Dec 19/Thurs, Dec 20 and Fri, Dec 21. What a generous giveaway opportunity – thank you!! 🙂

  21. Happily became a Fan of Mamarazzi Knows Best on Facebook:
    Following MamarazziKnows on Twitter! 🙂

    You are sharing great stuff – keep up the good work!!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Hi there,

    I am very interested in trying to win one of your 3 packs of free tickets to
    see The Nutcracker at the Civic Theater on Wednesday, December 19th at 7 pm. My
    email address is

    Thanks for your time,

  23. Nashielly says:

    I would love to see it on Dec 19 at 7pm, email me at
    Thank you so much!

  24. Vixen says:

    Nothing could make me happier than taking my granddaughters to The Nutcracker. Any day would do, Wednesday Thursday or Friday. I remember going to see the ballet every year with my step-sister. It truly is one of the most magical memories and I was looking up tickets this year so I could teach my granddaughters the joy of the ballet, but I couldn’t afford it this year. Would love to win!

    Already a FB fan and twitter follower of course.

  25. Ian says:

    I would like to take my family to see the Nutcracker on December 19 at 7pm. Many thanks

  26. Lalita Malone says:

    I would love to take my husband and my 2 little girls to see The Nutcracker at the Civic Theater. My 5 year old daughter is just getting into dance with a passion for ballet and virtually lives in tutu dresses. I was also in ballet as a little girl and remember seeing The Nutcracker in L.A. as a little girl. I was told by my mother that I didn’t blink once the entire performance. I’m sure that was a slight exaggeration. I’ve always dreamed of being able to take my little girls to the ballet and plan to make it a tradition they can pass on to their children. Friday, Dec. 21st would be the best date for us but we can attend any of the dates provided.
    Thank you!
    Lalita Malone, Oceanside, CA
    Lalita Dadlani Malone on Facebook
    @LalitaMalone1 (both liked on FB & following on Twitter)

  27. Darlene Aime Cazares says:

    Hello, I would love to be able to go to see the Nutcracker show on Friday the 21st showing at 7 pm. I have alwys wanted to see this show but have never had the time nor opportunity to go. It would be great to be able to finally see it. I am currently following you on both Twitter and Facebook.

    Thank you for your time,
    Aime Cazares

  28. Darlene Aime Cazares says:

    Hello again, I have forgotten to include my email in the comment above. My email is and I would love to be able to go to see the Nutcracker show on Friday the 21st showing at 7 pm. I have always wanted to see this show but have never had the time nor opportunity to go. It would be great to be able to finally see it. I am currently following you on both Twitter and Facebook.

    Thank you for your time,
    Aime Cazares

  29. What a great giveaway! We actually just bought tickets, so I am not officially entering. But I did not know about the meet-the-performers thing, so that’s awesome. I was unable to get matinee tickets, so I might just ask at the theater if they’ll let us crash that.

    My daughter is [almost] 3 and is totally mesmerized by ballet. She knows the entire Nutcracker story by heart and can identify all – I mean ALL – of the characters. We are really looking forward to the show. It’ll be my first ballet performance in probably 30 years.

  30. Amy Casey says:

    I would love to win have 8 year old twins and a 12 year old SDCPA student who would love to see the Nutcracker none of us have ever been and were just talking about this.Thank you for the opportunity 🙂
    Amy Casey

  31. We would LOVE to go see The Nutcracker on Friday, December 21st! Our daughter is 4 and totally smitten with all things ballet and has never seen it! What an awesome giveaway, thanks so much for sharing! My email address is

  32. Already a fan on Facebook and just followed on Twitter!! Thanks 🙂 Email again:!

  33. Betty Chu says:

    Pick me. Any of the dates will work:
    One 4-pack for Wednesday, December 19 at 7PM
    One 4-pack for Thursday, December 20 at 7PM
    One 4-pack for Friday, December 21 at 7PM
    Thanks and have a fantastic day!

  34. Betty Chu says:

    Already a fan on Twitter. Thanks!

  35. Amy Casey says:

    Thank you so much my 12 year old daughter is her first year of dance and was just absolutely enchanted,
    wonderful 😉

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