Cincinnati Ballet’s Alice (in wonderland) Ticket Giveaway

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It’s always tea time in wonderland. Everyone is invited to tea with Alice in wonderland! When guests reach the bottom of the rabbit hole, they should promptly follow the White Rabbit (he’s got a very important date). He will escort them to the tea party, where they will be greeted by various guests. Don’t feel obliged to answer the Mad Hatter when he asks why a raven is like a writing desk (unless you know the answer). Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are sure to fly by and the Cheshire Cat is slated to make an appearance, but you never know when he’ll disappear. Guests do not want to offend the Red Queen or they might end up losing their heads!

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES

Friday, February 13 – 8:00 pm Sunday, February 15 – 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 14 – 2:00 pm Sunday, February 15 – 5:30 pm
Saturday, February 14 – 8:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Cincinnati Ballet’s website. Tickets range from $32-$100.

Giveaway: The Cincinnati Ballet has provided Raising2tweens with a voucher for two tickets (date and time of your choice) to Alice (in wonderland) to giveaway to one lucky reader. You have three chances to win. Be sure to do each entry separately for more chances to win. The deadline to enter is Jan. 20 at noon. The winner will be announced on the Raising2tweens Facebook page and have 24 hours to respond. How to enter:

1. Comment on the blog saying who you would take with you and why.

2. Tweet this post with #raising2tweens and comment here that you did.

3. Share this post on Facebook tagging Raising2tweens and comment here that you did.

4. Like Raising2tweens on Facebook and comment here that you did.

Good Luck!

 

Nutcracker Ballet Ticket Voucher Giveaway

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In a world where sugarplums dance, rats are kings and toys come to life, one little girl goes on the adventure of a lifetime through the Land of Sweets. But is it all a dream? There’s only one way to find out. Accompanied by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker, presented since 1974, is Cincinnati’s favorite holiday tradition. Revel in the magic as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince meet exciting characters, absorb the bright colors and enjoy the classic adventure of The Nutcracker.

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES

Friday, December 19 – 7:30 pm Tuesday, December 23 – 2:00 pm SP
Saturday, December 20 – 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 23 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 20 – 7:30 pm Friday, December 26 – 2:00 pm SP
Sunday, December 21 – 1:00 pm Friday, December 26 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 21 – 5:30 pm Saturday, December 27 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 27 – 7:30 pm

*SP denotes Sugar Plum Parade: Take a walk across the stage to see the sets, costumes and dancers up close!

International ballet dancers Venus Villa and Rolando Sarabia will be joining Cincinnati Ballet for several weeks this December to perform in The Nutcracker. Both Villa and Sarabia have
enjoyed distinguished careers that have allowed them opportunities to dance all over the world. Villa is originally from Cuba and has danced with the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet
and Vienna Staatsoper Ballet. Sarabia, also from Cuba, is a gold medal winner at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as multiple other international competitions. They will be dancing the roles of the Snow King and Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier for select performances. Villa and Sarabia join us from Rome where they most recently appeared as guest artists with the Rome Opera Ballet in Don Quixote.

Giveaway

We have a voucher good for two tickets to the 40th anniversary of the Nutcracker. You pick the date! You have three chances to win. Make sure to comment separately for each entry to increase your chances. A winner will be chosen using random.org. All entries are due by Monday, Dec. 15 at noon. The winner will be announced on the Raising2tweens Facebook page Monday afternoon and have 24 hours to respond. Be sure to check the Facebook page.

How to enter:

1. Comment here saying who you would take with you to the Nutcracker. (Required to enter)

Optional entries:

2. Share this blog post on your Facebook page and tag Raising2tweens. Be sure to comment here that you did (will be verified).

3. Tweet this blog post and comment here that you did.

Good luck!

Cincinnati Ballet’s Peter Pan Flash Ticket Giveaway

peter panFor those who never want to grow up, there’s Never Never Land. Luckily, for the Darling family children, Wendy, John and Michael, there’s Peter Pan to guide them through this magical place full of pirates and Indians and Lost Boys. The foursome (with the help of the mischievous Tinkerbell) fly to Never Never Land where the cranky pirate Captain Hook, a hungry crocodile and more adventures await. Follow along on this swashbuckling journey, past the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning, as these classic characters learn what growing up is really all about. The Kenton County Public Library would like to help one lucky winner experience Never Never Land. See the giveaway details below.

Tickets can be bought at the box office or by visiting the Cincinnati Ballet Website. Ticket Prices range from $32 to $100.

Show times:

Friday, November 7 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 8 – 2:00 pm

Saturday, November 8 – 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 9 – 2:00 pm

Giveaway

I have a voucher for two tickets to the performance time of your choice.  A winner will be chosen randomly by the end of the day on Wednesday, Nov. 5. The winner will be announced on the Raising2tweens Facebook page and will have 24 hours to respond to claim the voucher. Arrangements will be made to receive the voucher.

How to enter:

1. Comment on this post stating why you never want to grow up (required to enter)

Bonus Entries:

2. Share this post on Facebook tagging Raising2tweens and comment here stating that you did. (Entries will be verified)

3. Share this post on Twitter.

4. Like Raising2tweens on Facebook

Good luck!

 

King Arthur’s Camelot Ballet

This post is written by Highlands Middle School seventh grader Roxy Baker.

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I had the opportunity to attend the world premiere of the Cincinnati Ballet’s performance of King Arthur’s Camelot. Unlike many ballets, I wasn’t leaning back in my chair simply appreciating the dance and the story it told. I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation! Being the medieval history buff that I am, the performance was personally touching to me, but disregarding that, the show that the dancers put on was extremely exciting and had me gasping, tearing up, and rooting the characters on with each scene.

The opening act was particularly well done. I would say that words do not describe the effects in this scene. I was in awe by the costumes, and especially impressed by the fantastic job done by the Ladies of the Lake, portrayed by Makenzie Dessens, Milena Garcia, and Katherine Sawicki. I found myself clenching my fists as young Arthur, Charlie Klesa, cautiously made his way to Excalibur. I was silently cheering him on as wounded soldiers kneeled before him as their king. Cervilio Miguel Amador played a wonderful King Arthur, and the companionship between him and Liang Fu as Merlin was heart-warming and endearing. The enthusiasm I felt as Arthur bounded across the stage, now a man, is indescribable. The dance was remarkable.

Janessa Touchet’s play Guinevere’s innocence in her opening scene was very evident, and love-at-first-sight was an obviously predominant component as Arthur and his future queen initially met in the forest. I’ve told many of my friends who hadn’t seen the ballet about one part of that dance in particular, where Guinevere kneels before Arthur, and he stands her up only to kneel before her. It was breathtaking. The same goes for their marriage. The dance was romantic and still youthful, for at this point the couple was still in their teenage years, and was beautifully accompanied by gorgeous, flowing costumes. When Patric Palkens stumbled in as Lancelot, I knew it would end horribly, but I couldn’t help but be on his side. I could tell exactly how much he wanted to become one of the Knights of the Round Table, and I was relieved when Arthur showed him mercy.

Of course, with characters you can’t help but love, there must be characters you can’t help but despise. Yes, I’m talking about Mordred. Danced by Rodrigo Almarales, Arthur’s evil step-brother stole the stage in his opening dance with darkness and mystery. I especially appreciated his costume. Beautifully designed – sinister with a tinge of elegance. After infiltrating the castle and becoming one of King Arthur’s knights, Mordred made his move, casting a spell on Guinevere and Lancelot that would, of course, ruin King Arthur and therefore the whole kingdom, which would be “saved” by Mordred. That sly dog. Anyway, the love scandal of The Queen and The Knight was heart wrenching. I knew I shouldn’t have been rooting for them, but their love was so unmistakable and strong, that I couldn’t help it.

The ending scene will really stick with me, I think. The anticipation was almost too much for my sympathetic little heart. Even after Mordred had exploited the affair of his brother’s wife and his friend, thus completing his job and removing the spell, Lancelot still rode in on his flawlessly manned steed to save his love from the unbelievably pictured fire for which Guinevere would be burned on account of adultery. The two made it out of the fight between brothers alive, but I can’t say the same for those brothers. After supposedly killing King Arthur and his knights, Mordred believes he had won the battle, only to be brought back down by Arthur, who’s will to protect his kingdom and avenge his friends, I assume, kept him alive. In the end, good conquers evil and Arthur defeated the evil Mordred.

All in all, a fantastic job. The choreography was outstanding, the music was perfect for the dances, and the costumes were like none I’ve ever seen. In one word, PHENOMENAL.

GIVEAWAY: FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

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Whether you are looking for the perfect date night or a family adventure, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without The Nutcracker. The tradition returns for the ultimate family experience including stunning sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s melodious score, played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The beloved story of Clara and her nutcracker doll turned handsome prince is the dream-like adventure we cherish with loved ones season after season.
Personally, I love the Nutcracker! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to the art of ballet or take a break and go with a friend or as a date night. I love to have dinner or lunch at Nicholson’s Pub before or after the show. Performances run Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29 at the Aronoff Center. Single tickets start at $32, and may be purchased by visiting www.cballet.org. Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have 2 tickets to see Frisch’s Presents the Nutcracker at the Aronoff to give away to one lucky reader.
GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the generosity of the Cincinnati Ballet, we have a voucher good for TWO TICKETS to see FRISCH’S PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER at the Aronoff Center Dec.20-22, and Dec.26-29, 2013.
To Enter: For your chance to win tickets to see this performance, just leave a comment below saying why you want to go. (required to enter)
BONUS ENTRIES:
1. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did.
2. Like Raising2tweens on Facebook and comment here that you did.
3. Share this post via Facebook and tag Raising2tweens and comment here that you did.
All entries will be verified. You must comment separately for bonus entries. Entries must be submitted by noon on Saturday, Dec. 14. One winner will be randomly selected using random.org. Good luck!

Cincinnati Ballet’s Swan Lake Giveaway!

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We are giving away a voucher good for two tickets to see Cincinnati Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Procter & Gamble Hall, Arnoff Center on Friday, October 25 – 8:00 pm, Saturday, October 26 – 8:00 pm, Saturday, October 26 – 2:00 pm or Sunday, October 27 – 2:00 pm.

The tragically evocative love story of mistaken identity and retribution, Swan Lake, returns to Cincinnati Ballet once more in a tour de force collaboration with BalletMet Columbus. Choreographed after the Petipa/Ivanov original by Artistic Director & CEO Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney and Gerard Charles, Swan Lake combines two of Ohio’s great ballet houses for an awe-inspiring presentation of balletic precision and dramatic expression. Swan Lake will be performed in Columbus, OH the weekend of October 18-20, and October 25-27 in Cincinnati. The soaring, provocative score, composed by the legendary Tchaikovsky, is brought to life at the Aronoff Center for the Arts by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

We will draw one random winner on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. The winner will be notified via Facebook and email. You have 12 hours to contact us via email or another name will be drawn. Due to the quick turnaround of this giveaway, the voucher will have to be picked up in the Fort Thomas or Fort Mitchell area. The voucher must be taken to the Arnoff Center box office one hour before show time to trade for tickets. . Subject to availability.

You have four ways to win! Be sure to comment separately for each entry.

1. Why do you want to see Swan Lake? (required to enter)

2. Share this contest on Facebook and comment here that you did.

3. Like us on Facebook and comment here that you did.

4. Subscribe to the blog and comment here that you did.

All entries will be verified.

Disclaimer: My family was given two tickets to see Swan Lake. All opinions are 100% my own.

Good luck!

Cincinnati Ballet Toybox Ticket Giveaway

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Raising2tweens is giving away two tickets to the Cincinnati Ballet’s Ballet Toybox on March 24 at 3 p.m.

My children and I have always enjoyed going to performances at the Cincinnati Ballet. The Procter & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center is a gorgeous facility in downtown Cincinnati. The performances are always beautiful so we want you to enjoy the experience.

Cincinnati Ballet pulls from its own treasure chest of ballet and storybook classics to bring yofavorites featuring the CBII Company that are sure to make you laugh, smile and get you moving. At under an hour Ballet Toybox is a great way to introduce children to the joy of dance and experience the arts with the whole family.

From The Cincinnati Ballet’s website: CEO & Artistic Director Victoria Morgan and Cincinnati Ballet’s Director of Education Julie Sunderland take you on an interactive journey into the essential elements that make up the beauty, humor and inspiring discipline of dance. This year’s performance features excerpts from Swan Lake, ALICE (in wonderland), Peter Pan, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Sleeping Beauty. But hurry – there’s only one opportunity to see it!

How the Giveaway Works:

You can enter several ways. The more times you enter, the more chances you have to win. Enter by noon on Wednesday, March 13. We will randomly choose a winner who will be announced on our Facebook page.

1. Comment on this post saying why you want the tickets (required).

2. Become a fan of Raising2tweens Facebook page and comment here that you did.

3. Share this contest through Twitter, Facebook, email or text and comment here that you did.

4. Follow this blog by hitting follow and comment that you did.

Disclaimer: The Cincinnati Ballet gave Raising2tweens the tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner.