We’ve got tickets! Read on to see how to win.
This time of year sees lots of “Nutcracker” productions, but City Ballet’s Nutcracker Swings is possibly the most unique. Transporting the original ballet by Tchaikovsky to 1940s LA, Swings tells the story of Maria, an orphan taken in by the Shook family of Hancock Park. She works as their maid, but is secretly in love with the eldest son, Jim, who’s about to return home from WWII for Christmas.
Cue the sugarplum visions, dancing dolls, a battle between the Nazi-esque Rat King and the prodigal war hero Jim, add a bunch of authentic folk-dance companies as Maria’s dreams take her & her beau through exotic lands around the globe, and then end it all with Duke Ellington’s swingin’ Nutcracker Score for a seriously fun time. I’ve seen a lot of Nutcrackers, but this one is so sparklingly original it demands a visit.
There are only two performances: Dec. 19th, at 2pm and 8pm. They’ll be downtown at the appropriately-festive Orpheum. And we have a family 4-pack of tix (to the 2pm matinee) for a lucky family who wants to get in a groovy holiday spirit. To win, leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday memory. (It doesn’t have to be Christmas. It can be any holiday at all.) We’ll pick one winner to get the 4-pack. You should also check out City Ballet–they do a lot of urban outreach and touring to expose those to ballet those whom may not otherwise have the opportunity, offer scholarships & more. Nice.