Win Tickets ($50+): 2014 Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker @ Portland’s Keller Auditorium | Christmas / Holiday Classic

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Nutcracker @ Portland’s Keller Auditorium. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, December 12.

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From our sponsors:
The NutcrakerOregon Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker
December 13-27, 2014
2 & 7:30 p.m. | $25-$160 | All Ages
Tickets: obt.org
Photo by Blaine Truitt Covert

Keller Auditorium
222 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 248-4335

This winter, Oregon Ballet Theatre presents George Balanchine’s hugely popular version of The Nutcracker at the Keller Auditorium, December 13 – 27, 2014. As Willamette Week said last year, “such an unabashed ode to joy as The Nutcracker hardly exists anymore,” and it’s clear that our audiences agree. Last season, over 35,000 people made OBT’s production of The Nutcracker a part of their holiday tradition, and this year, the Ballet is offering three performances right after Christmas to make it even easier for Oregonians to share this magical event with visiting friends and family. The OBT Orchestra, led for the 25th year by Music Director and Conductor Neil DePonte, will perform live at six select performances throughout the run. Eighty-one students from the company’s official training ground, the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, will perform the ballet’s roles for children.

NEW THIS SEASON: Stepping into a role that demands technical brilliance and generosity of spirit in equal measures, soloists Candace Bouchard and Martina Chavez will both dance the part of the Sugarplum Fairy for the first time this December. Chavez, who was promoted to the rank of soloist after stellar performances in both George Balanchine’s Agon and Nicolo Fonte’s Never Stop Falling (In Love) last month, and audience favorite Bouchard will join veteran Sugarplums Xuan Cheng and Ansa Deguchi in performing the iconic role. Additional debuts in featured roles will be posted in the “Casting” section of the Nutcracker site at http://www.obt.org/season_nutcracker.html approximately one week prior to the performance.

Oregon Ballet Theatre, now in its 12th year with Balanchine’s version, remains the only company west of the Mississippi licensed to perform his choreography for this classic holiday work. Set to one of Tchaikovsky’s most recognizable scores and with sets and costumes designed by Peter Farmer and lighting by Resident Lighting Designer Michael Mazzola, The Nutcracker remains “the Queen of Portland’s holiday season” (The Oregonian, 2004).

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233 Responses to Win Tickets ($50+): 2014 Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker @ Portland’s Keller Auditorium | Christmas / Holiday Classic

  1. Shannon November 24, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    I would love to go! :-)

    • Saundra December 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      I used to go with my family when I was younger but can’t afford it myself. It would be amazing to be able to go this year with my partner!

      • Brian December 10, 2014 at 11:02 am #

        I would love to take my wife to see the Nutcracker Suite. I took her for the 1st time last year and she loved it. I am in the process of getting my business up and running so, tickets are not in the budget for this year, but we would love to go again!

        Thanks,

    • TMac December 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      I haven’t been since I was a kid. I’d love to see it again!
      Thanks!

  2. christina November 24, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Love me some Nutcracker.

  3. Jordan Wyllie November 24, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Sounds fun. Thanks for keeping us up to date on stuff.

  4. LisaS November 24, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    I would LOVE to see this!

  5. Mo November 24, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Never been to OBT before, looks like it’ll be a great production.

  6. Deborah Roark November 24, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    My daughter has been dancing in Nutcracker Ballet Performances every Thanksgiving weekend for years and years. Because she was in the show we never had that mother daughter moment watching it together. This year she is not in the show. Now that we have moved here from Colorado last year and it is our final Holiday celebration times with her as a family before she goes off to college next year it would be so wonderful to attend this Nutcracker Ballet performance with her in Portland. Please pick us!

  7. Jim November 24, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    I have never been to the nutcracker and always wanted to go, just couldn’t spend the money on the tickets. I would love to impress my girlfriend this season! It would be amazing….

  8. Kelly November 24, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    ok, hI.. This is Jim’s girlfriend! please pick him… :)

  9. Jim November 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Hi, I have never been to the nutcracker. I’ve aways wanted to go but just couldn’t spend the money on it. I’d love to surprise my girlfriend and go this season. PLease select me and make our dreams come true. Thank you,

  10. Roger November 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    In all these years here in Portland, I have never gotten to see this event. Have always wanted to. Would love these free tickets! Thank you for the opportunity.

  11. Diane November 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Visiting Portland for Christmas, so we could only attend shows on 12/26 or 12/27. My husband, also a veteran, passed of cancer 2.5 years ago at a young age. Our girls love the Nutcracker, so it would be fun to surprise them with a performance while there. Thanks for considering us.

  12. Heather November 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    I have never been to a ballet. I can never afford them. These tickets would finally let me experience some culture.

  13. Joe November 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    My daughters would think I was the coolest dad if I could take them to this.

  14. Toby November 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Would love the opportunity to see this!!

  15. Seth November 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Pick Me!!

  16. Teresa November 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Would love to see this Nutcracker production!

  17. sheryl granholm November 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    My mother got me into The Nutcracker when I was a little girl. I’ve always love it. <3

  18. danizilla November 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    I’ve never been to a ballet before

  19. Camille Keith November 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I used to go see The Nutcracker every year with my family, and it’s been too long since I last saw it performed live!

  20. Alexa November 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    I would like to attend to help remind me that this holiday season can still be beautiful during this shopping frenzy time of year.

  21. mary November 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    I would love to see this ballet. The first time I ever went to a ballet was after a boss of mine gave me tickets to the Oregon Ballet. I was really excited because I thought it would be the Nutcracker as it was during the holidays. Unfortunately, it was a new age show that didn’t have a storyline and was a little weird.I wore a floor-length black gown and sat two rows away from a guy in sweatpants. I haven’t been back since. Must have redemption!

  22. Brooke November 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    Would so love to take my ballet obsessed/nutcracker obsessed. 5 year old dancer! She loves Tsaichovsky, everything! We’ve never been together.. :)

  23. Giulia November 25, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    When I was a child my dream was to become a good classic dancer of the world’s best theater.
    Even though I’m young, my dream never realized. I’ve never tried hard and gave up early. I still regret it. Watching ballet calls up every time those awesome memories of my childhood and those priceless basic feelings, such as: youth, freedom and nonchalance.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  24. Yume November 25, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Who wouldn’t want tickets to OBT?

  25. Joanna DeFrank November 25, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I would love to be able to take my daughter to this.

  26. Vannessa November 25, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    I would love to include the ballet in my holiday this year. What a beautiful show.

  27. Julia November 25, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    I would love to go and take friends who’ve wanted to experience this ballet for years. I’m not able to buy tickets but this would definitely add magic to the holidays.

  28. Gigi November 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    I would love tickets so that I can drag my boyfriend against his wishes!

  29. BettyJean November 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Please, please, please help me be able to take my mom to see the OBT Nutcracker. It’s on my list every year and every year I can’t afford it. I have been blessed with a strong mom who never splurged on herself but only her children. I remember as a child watching the Nutcracker on tv and she would be practicing steps she remembered from her ballet years. I was determined this year to take her for her 80th birthday year …. then an $1,100 car repair. I have been checking PDX Pipeline every week to see if you’d have the Nutcracker, and I am hoping you will pick me, please again and thank you soooooo much.

  30. Elizabeth November 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    My grandmother used to take me to see the Nutcracker, and now I have a 5 year old son of my own. He loves dance and I would be so overjoyed to take him to see the ballet.

  31. Galina November 25, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    Would love to share this wonderful tradition with my son!

  32. Leonard November 25, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    haven’t seen the new production!

  33. Elyse November 25, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    This sounds amazing, I’ve always wanted to go to an Oregon ballet performance.

  34. James November 26, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    My wife has never been. I used to go regularly as a kid since my sister used to perform. I would love to take her. To see one of my favorite ballets.

  35. Anna November 26, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    When I was younger, I danced every holiday season in our local Nutcracker. I can no longer fit those ballet slippers, but would love to watch others continue the tradition!

  36. Christine Law November 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    I took my kids when they were very young to see The Nutcracker. I would love to take them again.

  37. Louis November 26, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    I have always wanted to go! This would be so perfect for me and my girlfriend!

  38. Brooke November 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Would love the opportunity to go! Thank you!

  39. Cora Kirkpatrick November 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    I would love to take my daughter!

  40. Kyle November 26, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    Nutcracker!

  41. Clementine November 26, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    No one could possibly appreciate this tickets more. Thanks for considering us!

  42. Alicia Tadema November 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    I would love to take my daughter!!!

  43. Rachel November 26, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    I danced in the Nut Cracker Ballet since I was 5 yrs old and I have never sat in the audience to be able to see this performance with my family. It would be sooooooo very amazing to see it as everyone else experienced the magic in the audiences at the performances that I was fortunate to be a dancer in. I can’t imagine the magic

  44. Dave November 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Happy Holidays!!!!
    This would be a fabulous winning experience for my wife and I! What a great thing you at PDX Pipeline do to give tickets away so freely. That’s just one of the reasons that I come back everyday and check in with Instagram & on the internet & via my emails from you! You are great!!!

  45. Sam November 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Please pick me so I can take my wife & I for our birthdays!!!!! This will be sooo fun!!!!

  46. ruth pxxx November 26, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    My siter is coming to visit and has never seen this. Would love to take her.

  47. Anna November 26, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Mother Ginger, of course!

  48. Cathy November 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Nutcracker = Christmas. Never been to a performance in Portland, though. Would a love a date night with my sweetie :)

  49. Genie November 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Need a Better reason to come to Portland than to see family.

  50. April November 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm #

    Love the Nutcracker and I haven’t seen it in a few years.

  51. panda November 26, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    nutcrackers actually freak me out, but I do love the ballet

  52. Cassi November 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for the perfect occasion to wear my dress that’s been in my closet for years and to take my husband out for nice romantic evening. It would be our first ballet and so very much appreciated!

  53. MItzi November 26, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Nothing says Christmas like the Nutcracker. :-)

  54. David November 26, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Always wanted to surprise my lovely wife with tickets to the Nutcracker. Fantastic idea.

  55. Karen November 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    Dance moves me

  56. Tim November 26, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    My wife and daughter used to go every year when my daughter was young. She is now 20 and doing her own thing. This would be a fun night for the two of them to experience again. Tickets if you please.

    Thank you!

  57. Emily C. November 27, 2014 at 12:18 am #

    I have always wanted to see the Nutcracker and have never had the opportunity. It would be a wonderful opportunity for my husband and I to do something special together. We’ve just had our first child who was in the NICU for 6 weeks and a first date is much needed! Thank you.

  58. Aliza November 27, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    I’ve always wanted to take my boyfriend, he’s never been to a Ballet and almost 40 years old.
    Aliza

  59. Wendy November 27, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    I haven’t seen the Nutcracker in years.

  60. MARK FIELDS November 27, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Tis the show, to make us Merry!

  61. Linda S November 27, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    This set the holiday season in place

  62. tanya farris November 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I’m 45 yrs old , I have never seen this show it would be a great experience ! I returned home early from vacation thanksgiving day sitting home with no family

  63. Emma November 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to see the Nutcracker live and have never made it. Let me bring my boyfriend!

  64. Dave G. November 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

    Don’t actually know the whole story, but I’d definitely try to figure it out with comped seats!

  65. janet kochanowski November 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    I haven’t seen the nutcracker since i was a girl. Would love to experience it with my daughters.

  66. Lani November 27, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    Can’t afford tickets this year..would Love to go & take my partner.

  67. Jen November 28, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    I’ve only lived in Portland for one year and have not had the opportunity to go to the OBT yet. I have three daughters that I would love to take, but I think with only 2 tix I’d take a good friend that lives up here who has been so, so sweet to me. It’s hard moving to a new place and and she has been a good friend. She is a life-long dancer and when we first moved up her last December she tried to get Nutcracker tix for me and the girls.

  68. Jen S November 28, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    This ballet seems so fun. I’ve never seen The Nutcracker on stage before.

  69. Linda L November 28, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    I’ve never seen the Nutcracker. It would be great to see!

  70. Mikey B November 28, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    I’m more of a fan of prancing, but thei’ll do.

  71. Clinton November 28, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Art. Choreography. Tights. Everywhere. Must see!

  72. Merce November 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go and take my daughter but never able to do so. This would be a wonderful Christmas gift for her!

  73. Margit November 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Beautiful would just love to go.

  74. Toby November 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    I moved out here about 4 years, brought my lady. She use to go to the Nutcracker every year with her family. I would love to revive this tradition and give her this gift.

  75. Rebecca November 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    If chosen, it would be a wonderful opportunity for a last date night for myself and hubby before my Jan. 1 due date of our beautiful little girl! I haven’t been since I was a little girl!

  76. Taylor November 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    I was once a little bumblebee..

  77. Valerie Silliman November 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Nutcracker! The best reason to get dressed up!

  78. Marisa November 29, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    A lovely tradition!

  79. Mary November 29, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    We have two boys and one daughter. After my daughter was born 12 years ago, one of the first things I thought about was,”Yes! Finally! I get to dress her up and take her to the Nutcracker downtown!” Sadly, each year, there’s always other expenses that prevent us from being able to go. Just once I’d love to take her to the Nutcracker- just her and me… A special mother / daughter date. It would be so magical.

  80. Vicky November 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    I would love to go to this event! i think the cultural experience would be awesome, as ive never been to a ballet performance before. if i won, i would have an excuse to wear my bowtie and have a very merry christmas indeed. thanks pdxpipeline for giving people the opportunity to win AWESOME prizes! you guys rock.

  81. Elisa November 29, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    When I was little I dreamed of being in the Nutcracker! Sugar Plum Fairies, that creepy giant cook with all the dancers that run out from under the apron, ice queens and mad mice… Make my dreams come true by granting me this Christmas wish to see this beautiful ballet again!

  82. Katherine Robinson November 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    I have never seen the nutcracker, but I think ballet is beautiful.

  83. Chris Demianew November 29, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    For over five years my daughters, ages 7 & 9, have been in our local small town’s rendition of the Nutcracker. We will be coming into Portland for a weekend in the city for a Christmas special surprise. I am a cancer survivor and have been doing everything I can to make memories with my kids. My family has been through so
    much during my treatments and I want to give my daughters and wife rich memories. I have joined in our local nutcracker by playing the role of Drossmeyer but my children have never had the opportunity to see professional ballet, the troublemaker living 200+ miles away from a big city. It would be great if we could win these tickets as they would add so much to our stay. The girls have Christmas dresses ready to go since we will be visiting Santa at Pioneer Square earlier in the day. Please pick us. And thank you and merry Christmas.

  84. Chanel Fraser November 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    My husband and I have never seen the nutcracker, I wish so bad we could afford to buy the tickets and go but we just can’t with him being a full time student. This would be a dream to see live, I have always wanted to go! This is our first Christmas in portland and only my husbands second in the USA. It would be so wonderful to see an amazing Christmas performance in this amazing city of portland Oregon! Please please!!!

  85. Laura Chrestenson November 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    I would love to take my family :)

  86. Steve December 1, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    I’ve seen the PNB’s version of the Nutcracker in Seattle, but never the one in Portland. I’d love to check it out.

  87. Nahir Faust December 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Id like to go to the Nutcracker because as a child I danced ballet and I always wanted to join OBT so I could dance in the nutcracker. I kept training as a teenager but circumstances had changed so I would go see the ballet. I haven’t gone in a few years and would love to relive my childhood dream even if it’s seeing it in the audience for a couple of hours.

  88. Kamela Kern December 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    I’d love to attend a showing of The Nutcracker! It’s my absolute favorite ballet, and I don’t have the money to purchase a ticket. Thanks.

  89. Lacey N December 1, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    I’d love to attend the ballet. Pick me?

  90. Jen December 2, 2014 at 12:22 am #

    What a lovely tradition!

  91. Jen December 2, 2014 at 12:23 am #

    Sounds like a blast!

  92. Marci Zabel December 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    My little one loves ballet and the Nutcracker especially! Would be so aweseom!

  93. Marci Zabel December 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I would love to take my daughter!

  94. Stacey December 2, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    I recently moved to Oregon and my newest/closest friend is a co-worker. We both recently discovered our mutual love for the Nutcracker Ballet and while neither of us can afford it right now, it seems like the perfect “date night” for us. (fingers crossed!)

    • Kaity December 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      I’m Stacey’s new coworker friend! I think showing her a night out to the Ballet is a great way to get her acquainted to this amazing city! We will even dance to prove our worth of tickets (horribly though…). Good luck, Stace!

  95. Stacy December 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    I want to take my cousin to see the ballet when she comes home from college!!!

  96. LuAnne December 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    I’d really Love to win tickets, I’ve always wanted to see The Nutcracker live. I have wanted to go for years!

  97. Cristina J December 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm #

    I would love to take my 5 year old daughter. She took ballet when she was 2 years old and still loves to prance around the house like a ballerina.. It would be great to show her the real thing.

  98. Vanessa December 3, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    My daughter Ella is a big fan of the nutcracker, she has wanted to see this play for years. It has been hard to make the holidays special with the loss of her father. This would be a way to brighten her spirits.
    thank you.

  99. Lily December 3, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    My mom was a ballet dancer when she was young, and I wish to take her to this show. It would really make our christmas magical! Thanks!

  100. Marci December 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Would love to take my Mom this year. :)

  101. Jeannette Hall December 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I would love to go see this and make some amazing holiday memories with my kid. :)

  102. Cris December 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    I’ll make this short and simple. Last time I saw this was when I was 12. That was a while ago. I think it’s time to see it again therefore, these tickets would be nice.

  103. Steve burnett December 4, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    This would be amazing to take my daughter to. She would be blown away

  104. Jessica F December 4, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    I used to love going to see the Nutcracker with my grandmother. And I haven’t been to Keller yet.

  105. Vanessa December 4, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    The last time I saw the Nutcracker I was forced to wear this hideous crushed velvet dress with huge puffy sleeves… it looked like a bad Shakespearean prom dress. I will wear it again if I win tickets!

  106. Cheryl December 4, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    My daughter LOVES the Nutcracker! We take her sometimes, but this year cannot afford it. Last year her sister was supposed to come with us for the first time, but got sick. She would love to go with her sister.

  107. Brian Singhai December 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    I’d love to take a friend!!

  108. Chris December 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    It’s always a great tradition to see this around Christmastime.

  109. Jennifer December 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I really want to take my daughter to the Nutcracker! She loves to dance and this would be amazing. Thank you!

  110. diana December 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    ***** If I win these tickets my guest and I, will wear tu-tu’s- pick us!!! Everyone will have more fun!!! :)

  111. Gigi December 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    I want to attend because I have never had the pleasure of seeing a ballet live. It’s always been a dream of mine.

  112. Erika December 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    I’ve never attended a ballet. It seems like this should be my first. I’d love to go!

  113. Cait M. December 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Yes, please!

  114. Marty Anderson December 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!

  115. AMANDA December 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I am working towards my goal of going out and doing more. I would LOVE this. I would love to start taking my family to these kinds of things. PLEASE!

  116. Erin December 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    My husband is Russian and loves the ballet. I have been unemployed and struggling financially. It would be a blessing to see the ballet with all of the music that he loved as a little boy growing up.

  117. Carlos December 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    I’ve never been to a ballet performance before, but would love to take my little sister to watch this. She used to love practicing ballet when she was very little, and would love an opportunity to watch this event.

  118. Kourtney December 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Christmas childhood memories are amazing!

  119. Christopher December 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    On a goal to find a good play to see with my friend who is a thearter major. Getting these tickets would make for the beat night ever.

  120. George Baker December 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    This sounds like such a great performance. We would love to attend.

  121. Lisa December 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Love the nutcracker and have never seen it in Portland.

  122. Jim Mc December 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    A great treat to go with my wife.

  123. Melody December 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    A great holiday treat to share with my daughter!

  124. Janet December 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    OH the Nutcracker!!! I have only seen it once in Portland and it was so beautiful! I would love the opportunity to see it again with my daughter!

  125. Valerie December 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    WOW…This would make for a very Happy Holiday for a special little girl I know.

  126. Julie Schilling December 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    My 14 year old son and I have gone almost every year…and he still loves it…this is the first year I don’t have any extra funds for this and this is really hard telling him…and maybe one of the last years he would even want to go.

  127. Lisa December 4, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    I just learned that the daughter of a close friend (who passed away a few years ago) has one of the lead roles. I would love to be there to see her perform and to celebrate the memory of her father.

  128. Nicole December 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    I have NEVER seen the Nutcracker!! I have wanted to take my mom for some years now. I would truly be grateful to win these tickets! :)

  129. Tim December 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    This would be so fun! please!?

  130. LaNita December 5, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    Hello
    I would LOVE to take my 4 year old daughter to see her 1st ballet this year! She claims to be a ballerina and has been practicing ballet for a couple of years now. She has 2 brothers and rarely gets to do stuff like this. I appreciate the chance :) LaNita and Zaniyah

  131. Jen December 5, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    I hate to admit I was born & raised here and have never been….please help me escape from under this heavy could that weighs over me….please? :)

    • Jen December 5, 2014 at 4:05 am #

      Doh auto-correct! I meant ‘heavy cloud that weighs over me…..’

  132. Amy December 5, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    I would love to go I haven’t seen it since I was a kid

  133. Stephanie December 5, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Every year my extended family reminds me that I turned down a trip to see the Nutcracker when I was 7…20 years later, I’d love to see a show and maybe not regret my childhood mistake!

  134. Chris December 5, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    The wife and I have never seen the nutcracker live. We would love to go!

  135. Annie December 5, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    I grew up going to the Nutcracker in Portland every December with my mom and sister, but it’s been years since the last time we went. I’d love to take my son to see this amazing ballet!

  136. Fabian Dorgan December 5, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    I’d love to attend because I would get to take my daughter. One of the best parts of the ballet, is watching the wonder in her face as she watches the dancers perform what seems like magically acts of agility. We appreciate The Oregon Ballet Theater’s work from afar, as we are unable to purchase tickets. This would be a unexpected gift that is priceless to us.

  137. Darcey Priss December 5, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I’d be ecstatic if you choose me because I have dreamed of attending this production for years, but have spent my money on heat and lodging instead. I sometimes debate that choice. You have no idea how much my family loves dance. I was brought up dancing from the youngest age, I only stopped when I physically couldn’t go on. I miss it greatly. Now, I can reexeperiece the joy I found in dancing by watching others joyously create art. Please help me experience that!

  138. Catherine December 5, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    My daughter, her grandmother and I all saw the Nutcracker Ballet in a live performance when my daughter was seven.
    Grandma is no longer on earth but every time we hear any of the wonderful Nutcracker music by Tchaikovsky my daughter and I will stop to reminisce about wonderful time we had seeing the ballet with Grandma.
    Winning tickets to see this with my daughter would be an unbelievable gift to us.

  139. Erin December 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    I was a clown in the Nutcracker in Bloomington, Indiana when I was a young dancer. We are spending our first Christmas away from our Midwestern home due to a recent move, and I would love to treat my daughter to this event to help make Portland feel more like home.

  140. ruth parvin December 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    oh the glory of it, oh the beauty of it, oh the tradition of it. Please and thank you.

  141. Julia December 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    It was tradition growing up to go see the Nutcracker with my mother every year. I’d like to surprise her with tickets!

  142. Leann December 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Have yet to see The Portland Ballet’s Nutcracker. I would love to share this event with my daughter.

  143. David L December 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Saw the Nutcracker for the first time last year in Idaho. Would love to see this put on as a big production.

  144. Jay December 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Would love to see this live. Happy Holidays!

  145. Katrin December 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    My grandparents took me when I was 5. It made a huge impression and I remember it vividly. Was so excited to dress up and go to a ‘grown up’ kind of event. Would love now to take my granddaughter. :)

  146. JaneT December 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    Haven’t seen the ballet since I was a girl. Would love share it with my daughter’s.

  147. Espy December 5, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Yes, please! This would be such a great surprise for my best friend and I!

  148. amber December 5, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    I’m almost 30 and have never seen The Nutcracker live! This needs to happen!!

  149. Jess December 6, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Great date idea and we both love ballet!

  150. Jon December 6, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Would love the chance to attend!

  151. Theresa Laney December 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I’d love to see this production! I haven’t seen The Nutcracker since I lived in Flint, MI when I was little.

  152. Kim NewDelman December 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    My son went on a field trip to the ballet and was excited to see that boys can dance in a ballet too!
    He would so love to see this!

  153. Jeremy December 6, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    I have two young daughters who are obsessed with ballet! And not much money….

  154. Lindy gibbons December 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Looks awesome!!!

  155. dmedinas December 7, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    We have only been in Pdx area 2 years and we are loving it! Would love to experience the ballet.

  156. John thomas December 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    I love the nutcracker!!!

  157. Colleen Raney December 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    My son is 7.5 and imagines stories and creates DVD covers, characters, episodes, movies, titles, and soundtracks, sound effects and background music. I would like to take him to The Nutcracker as I see a new creation in his head and I want him to understand the story surrounding this production. He has not yet seen it.

    Many thanks,

    Colleen

  158. Danielle December 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    We would love to get to experience this Christmas tradition together.

  159. Hallie December 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    I would love to take my mom as she always took me when I was young and I’d love to treat her to something special.

  160. Bahar December 8, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    I would love to go and witness this amazing production! I took ballet classes when I was younger and it would bring back so many great memories!

  161. Mari Stephenson December 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    The Nutcracker and Downtown Portland. A perfect Christmas.

  162. chelsey ackerman December 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I would absolutely love to attend. My first date ever with my husband was to the nutcracker. Unfortunately, over the years we haven’t been able to attend the show. It would be an amazing opportunity to be able to live the magic of that ballet again!

  163. Stacie December 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I have never been to a nutcracker show, and would love to attend this as a christmas treat this season!

  164. Lisa December 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Pretty please! I would love to attend and bring some friends.

  165. Chao Liu December 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    it’s a tradition! Can’t miss The Nutcracker

  166. Josh December 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  167. Nasheena December 9, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    I really want to win these tickets for my mother-in law and daughter to be able to attend this performance together. They always talk about wanting to go. Please pick me so they can go this year…PLEASE ;-)

  168. Aaron December 9, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    sounds like fun!

  169. Nicole December 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    I would love to go!!

  170. sean December 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    It’s tradition!….and if I don’t go I get MY nuts cracked.

  171. lorea December 9, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

    I would like to take my 4 year old to herase first ballet! Best of luck to all!

  172. Zoe December 9, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    I’ve still never seen the Nutcracker and would love to go this year!!

  173. Jocelyn December 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    I am new to the area and trying to submerge myself in PDX culture. This looks like a great event and I would love to go. I haven’t seen the Nutcracker since I was a child. Pick me, pick me

  174. Aleksandra Tiley December 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    I would really like to win these tickets so i could take my mom to see the Nutcracker. The last time we went was about 15 years ago, when i was 8. My mom has had it rough the past couple years without work, so it would be nice to surprise her with tickets to her favorite holiday event! :) Thanks and good luck to all those who entered and Happy Holidays!

  175. Ginger December 10, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    would be a great outing for “the girls” – myself, daughter and granddaughter.

  176. Audrey December 10, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    I would love to go with my out-of-town parents!

  177. Jake December 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    The Nutcracker is my wife’s favorite ballet show!

  178. Jamie December 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    I have never seen the nutcracker and would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for this to be the year!!!

  179. Denis Mortenson December 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I sometimes sit in my sleigh bed and dream of other kingdoms. Often I have writer’s block about what logical things should happen in a story. In the case of The Nutcracker, I am convinced someone back in Germany, possibly the original story guy, Herr E.T.A. Hoffmann had seaten a special green brownie. I mean, you have a lot of “nutty” things happening in this story.

    But, despite my trepidation, maybe seeing this ballet will clean my head out and help me understand how to have fun. With a date. I have gone on POF and found a woman who says she will go with me. This alone is proof the Universe wants me to be happy, and possibly married to a giant mouse.

    Thank you for thinking of my needs. May you have magic hands and choose me, and transport my date and me to the Land of Sweets.

  180. Caprisce December 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Have never seen the Nutcracker and would love to go and take a friend whom needs a gift of Christmas cheer. It’s been a rough few years and nothing heals the soul like a music.

  181. Megan December 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Ever since I was little, I wanted to go see the Nutcracker. I would watch it on PBS and dream about seeing it when I was older.
    And now, I’m older! I grew up, and got married, and (O delight!) found out that my new mother-in-law got free tickets to the show every year; she is a professional storyteller, and had a deal where she’d tell the Nutcracker story to help advertise the ballet, and they’d give her a couple of seats to the show. I was giddy–at last, I’d see the show!
    Cruel, cruel fate intervened… That year saw a change in management, and my mother-in-law lost her sweet, sweet deal. No Nutcracker for me.
    Until, a couple of years later, my nephew’s class was going on a field trip–to see the Nutcracker! Eagerly, I signed up to chaperone. THIS would be my year! Silly girl… Who would take a grade-school class to a full-length ballet production? Alas, all I got was a teaser, just enough to make me ache for more.
    This year… This year I was going up to Seattle! A friend was going with her kids, and I was going to tag along! We made plans, I looked for tickets… And the last seats were sold.
    But with this chance–this slim chance!–to score some tickets, maybe this year will be my year at last! Oh, please, please, Sugarplum Fairy, pick me!\

    Thanks, and Happy Holidays! :)

  182. david December 11, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    nuts … cracked … jaws … wracked … holidaze … wacked … santa … sacked … nothing … lacked

  183. Marilyn December 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I want to because I’m pregnant, and the baby loves classical ballet! ;)

  184. Danielle December 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    I am driving all the way down from Seattle to surprise my best friend for Christmas. We both love all things theatre and this would be an amazing treat!!

  185. Andrew December 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Always try to take the wife out to some form of Christmas concert, play, theater or ballet. This year we just had to spend out fancy-night-out money on a couldn’t pass up R2D2 luggage set for her little brother. Haven’t been out to the Nutcracker for half a decade. Thank you for the chance to go.

  186. Ashley December 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Pretty please choose me! My boyfriend actually suggested that we go see The Nutcracker this year but he recently lost his job and we can’t afford to spend the money on tickets. Help me surprise him with this awesome date night!

  187. Julie H December 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    I will enter even though with so many entries not likely to win. It would be nice to be able to go since I’m alone for the holidays which include my birthday on the 28th. Being able to see Portland’s version of the Nutcracker would be lovely.

  188. Pam Sully December 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    I LOVE the Nutcracker! Would love to take my friend, who has never seen it.

  189. grace December 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    love seeing this as a holiday tradition!

  190. Jennifer December 11, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    I took my older niece to this performance when she was 4 and she loved it. Told my younger niece I would take her also when she was 4 but haven’t been able to afford it. She is 5 now and these tickets would make us both very happy.

  191. Vickie Gantz December 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Oh, how I would love to win! I last saw the Nutcracker in Medford, when my Stepson was in the production as a ballroom dancer. He was battling pneumonia at the time, and pushed through it, dancing beautifully! Please let me win!

  192. Rose December 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Just discovered I have budding bunions and feeling so close somehow to these ballerinas…want to see them sacrificing their feet for the arts!

  193. Melanie December 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    When I was a little girl, we would attend only half of the Nutcracker with our classmates, and once the lights were dimmed, I would fall asleep. Now that I am approaching midlife, as I reflect on my life, I realize that I own the Nutcracker CD, watched the Barbie Nutcracker movie more than once with my children, and have always been fascinated with the story. Yet, I have never seen it in full. I would appreciate any consideration you give to my story as my daughter will be returning from university for a visit and I would love to attend this with her since she was a dancer for a Portland public high school. Thank you.

  194. Brittany December 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    I used to go with my family every year. I want to see how Portland does The Nutcracker!

  195. Stacie December 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    I used to go every year before moving to Portland and cannot afford to pay or the tickets to go. I would love to take my daughter,she loves to dance and has never seen a ballet.

  196. Julie December 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    I used to see the Nutcracker every year with my ballerina friends, since attending school I haven’t been able to swing going to the show. It would be great to go back after all these years!

  197. Melissa Kaylene December 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    I am almost 30 years old and I’ve never been!! I’d love to take my best friend with me who is also in her 30’s and never been to see The Nutcracker before! It would be a great gift that I could give to her :)

  198. Lani December 12, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    Yes please it’s Christmas time !!

  199. Eric December 12, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    My son would love to see it, and I’d love to take him.

  200. Sheila P. December 12, 2014 at 4:22 am #

    I want to win tickets so that I can take my daughter. She has never been to a ballet. Actually, I haven’t been to one either! It would be great to make this our first!!!! :)

  201. Edie December 12, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    I am from St. Louis MO and visiting my son who moved to Portland a year ago….He is in LOVE with Portland, and will never move home….I think the LEAST Portland can do is provide us with tickets to see the NutCracker in exchange for my son making Portland his permanent home ;-)

  202. Ann December 12, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I would love to take my mom to this!

  203. Linda December 12, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    I’ve been told the way the story being told in the Nutcracker is the best ballet performance of all time. I would love to see it. Merry Christmas!

  204. Jennifer December 12, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    We relocated from NYC over the summer. Back there, my young son and I developed the tradition where we would go the the Nutcracker at Flushing Town Hall in Queens over the holiday season, and I would really love to continue that here in Portland. Unfortunately, when I checked out ticket prices for us to go this year, they were outside of our budget.

  205. Kitty Ryan-Reaves December 12, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    I just moved back to the Portland area where I grew up. This would be such an awesome
    gift to give my 88 year old mother. I would love to take her, my sister, sister-n law, niece and myself. Would be a great welcome home gift.

  206. Susanna December 12, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Holiday season is sad for us this year. Need some lightness. Would be nice to go, but cannot afford.

  207. Sophie December 12, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Would love to go with my girlfriend!

  208. Paula Seid December 12, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    I’ve never seen this performed professionally. I would love to take my grandchildren – girls 4 & 8. Perfect ages for this!

  209. James December 12, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    I used to dance in the nutcracker as a child, let me relive me lost youth while me mind is still intact!

  210. Taylor Miller December 12, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    I have not been to the nutcracker since I was little. I would love to take my daughter!

  211. Becky December 12, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I haven’t seen the Nutcracker since I was a child and it would be a great date night!

  212. Natalya December 12, 2014 at 11:50 am #

    I really want to see it!

  213. Courtney December 12, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    I’d love to take my daughter!

  214. Pam December 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    I was in ballet when I was younger so, of course, heading off to Juilliard was the dream for the future!! Instead, I became a mom and delve into the workforce. I’ve never been to see the Nutcracker and now that I live so close to a performance – getting tickets would be super amazing!

  215. Rae December 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Hello~ I LUV to Dance! One year, for Christmas, when my family asked me what I wanted for Christmas… All I would ever respond with was; to be with my family & Blue Leg Warmers to go with my dance outfit! Yes, I was fortunate enough to spend time with my family at Christmas & my one– no two– no… Three Pair of BLUE Leg Warmers!! I would absolutely luv to be able to take my Mama to OBT’s Nutcracker! She remembers this story fondly & it would surely make her smile purty! What a wonderful cherished Mother/Daughter experience! :) Thank you for the contest.~

  216. Tammy December 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I have never seen The Nutcracker and would love the opportunity to go see it!

  217. Whitney December 16, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    I went as a kid and loved it but haven’t been able to afford tickets since becoming a big kid.

  218. senan December 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    I love the ballet and have not seen it in years

  219. Jessica December 18, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    I would love to attend this so I can finally know what a nutcracker does during Christmas :D

  220. Falon Marvin December 18, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    My birthday!

  221. Tamara December 19, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful experience! I would be thrilled to win.

  222. Kate December 22, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    My dad just flew in from Minnesota to celebrate Christmas & the holidays with me. This would be such a fun date night for the both of us. He would would be so surprised & would enjoy a night out in the city! Please pick us. Merry Christmas. :-)

  223. Caitlyn Gill November 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    This would mean the world to my daughter. We moved to OR from the east coast (Atlanta) in May and she is in love with the Nutcracker but has never seen the play. We live in Corvallis and are missing the city tremendously. I would love to take her on a special train trip in to see the show. Fingers crossed!

  224. Kaylene November 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    I LOVE the Nutcracker! I went every year with my parents and grandparents growing up. It is such a great memory for me and I would love to share this memory with my husband who has never seen the Nutcracker! : )

  225. Heather H November 23, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    Winning tickets would be such a blessing. Going to see these amazing dancers is a fantastic opportunity. Please pick me for the winning tickets.

  226. Lisanette November 28, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    We are a family of four and would be good if we can go to see theNutcraker together. I will graduate this December (December 18) with BFA in photography and design from the Art Institute of Portland. Because of the graduation and portfolio show expenses we can not afford tickets for the kids and us. It would be a nice graduation gift…. It would be amazing if we can go as a family

  227. Lisanette November 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    We are a family of four and would be good if we can go to see the Nutcracker together. I will graduate this December (December 18) with BFA in photography and design from the Art Institute of Portland. Because of the graduation and portfolio show expenses we can not afford tickets for the kids and us. It would be a nice graduation gift…. It would be amazing if we can go as a family

  228. Angela Hendricks December 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

    I would love to go! I have never been to a ballet.

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