The Columbia, Harvard, University of Chicago alumni clubs again celebrate a gala performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this holiday season. We reserved fabulous seats in the Premium Dress Circle at a special group discount with “Passport Performance” extras. A Sugar Plum Fairy world of holiday magic awaits inside the resplendent Opera House in a wonderland of supersized candy, teddy bears, toy soldiers and such things that are usually visible only to young people nodding off to sleep. Our Passport Performance goodies include a keepsake “Passport” to be stamped with mementos of your Nutcracker festivities, a plush toy for the first 500 children arriving (doors open 6 pm), lobby photo ops with costumed Nutcracker characters 6-6:30 pm, craft activities and complimentary sweet treats and beverages at Intermission. Join us early, 6-6:45pm at our no-host Meet and Greet in 3rd floor Cafe Express area near our Premium Dress Circle seats. Café Express offers light dinner fare including, sandwiches, salads, desserts, champagne and soft drinks. We must be in our seats by 6:50. Act fast to purchase your tickets through the custom weblink SF Ballet created for our alumni group. Sales close end of business day November 2. Please access our custom website at: https://www.sfballet.org/tickets/groups/nutcracker/UOCHARV Click the purple “Buy Tickets” button. In the “WELCOME TO NUTCRACKER” page click the purple button representing your university: COLUMBIA, HARVARD, or UCHICAGO. Scroll down to our December 16, 7 p.m. performance date and click on the purple “Select” button. On the left side, under “Select Your Own Seats,” click on “Launch.” On the Opera House seating map, mouse/hover over the Grand Tier/Premium Dress Circle area highlighted in grey. Our seating block in Premium Dress Circle then appears in purple. Click on our now purple seating area and our alumni seating block appears in black. As you mouse/hover over the seats, the rows and seat numbers are identified. Click on the seat(s) you want and then click “Add to cart.” Follow purchase instructions. The Ballet will mail your tickets to you. Street parking is available, but the easiest parking option is the Performing Arts Garage on Grove St. between Franklin and Gough ($20 all evening, 415.252.8238). Visit https://www.sfballet.org/visit/getting-here for driving, public transit and parking info. Please contact co-hosts ennifer Fong (Columbia) [email protected]bia.edu, Elaine Black (Harvard and U of Chicago), [email protected] or Volker Kuebler (U of Chicago) [email protected], [email protected] with any questions.