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Win tickets to the Pennsylvania Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

May 19, 2014


Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust / Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. / Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.


BALANCHINE AND SHAKESPEARE, fairies, fireflies, fantasy and romance. What more could one ask for on a June afternoon?

Two free box tickets, that’s what!

On Sunday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. the esteemed Pennsylvania Ballet will perform a fanciful production of the famed choreographer’s interpretation of the bard’s comic  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Kennedy Center.

Before Washington’s typically sweltering summer sets in, enjoy an afternoon of cool comfort being dazzled by Pennsylvania’s venerable dance troupe, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Balanchine’s vibrant choreography follows the romantically amusing misadventures of a group of mortals and immortals in their quest for love. The elaborate production, filled with beautiful costumes and rich sets, also features voices from the Choral Arts Society of Washington and a troupe of child dancers who magically light up the make-believe forest as fireflies and fairies.

All you have to do to win is tell us in the Comments section of this post why you should be the lucky winner!  We will announce the winner on Facebook on May 28, and the winner will be alerted through e-mail.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday, June 8, 1:30 p.m.




33 thoughts on “Win tickets to the Pennsylvania Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

  1. I think I should win these tickets because I have a ten year old daughter who has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She is being trained in many areas of dance that include ballet, contemporary (modern), tap, hip-hop & African. I would love to have the opportunity to take her to this amazing event. I want to expose her to as many classical ballets as possible. Thank you for the chance to win.

  2. Cecily Patterson says:

    I would like to win the tickets to “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream.” I used to go to the theatre quite often, but because I was declared disabled and was unable to work regular hours I wasn’t bringing in full-time pay. I can’t afford the luxury now. I recently retired, at the urging of my job and doctors, under disability. I have a lot of medical bills, three of the four major appliances in my house have stopped working and another is about to quit. My ex-husband has moved back in with me to help with the mortgage. I’ve really been under a lot of prolonged stress. It would be nice to get dressed for one evening and get lost in the magic of theatre to take my mind off things for a few hours.

  3. Demetria Ball says:

    My daughter is a professional swing dancer and we love all forms of dance!!!!

  4. Wendy Abuelhawa says:

    I love this play and I would be very interested to see what this company does with it.

  5. Jennifer E. (virginiamom) says:

    My son was Demetrius in a High School Production of the play, but he doesn’t know the music by Mendelson, and I don’t think he has been to the ballet in a long long time!

  6. Diane Gulick says:

    If I were selected to win the two Kennedy Center ballet tickets you are offering, the first thing I would do is shower you all with gratitude (which would include one of my famous Fauquier County Fair “Best in Show” prize winning pound cakes, of course).

    Then, I would pirouette all the way to my daughter’s home two hours away to surprise her and her husband with the exciting news that thanks to you all, they can look forward to spending a very special evening out together attending the Pennsylvania’s Ballet’s performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” My daughter studies ballet for years; my son-in-law studied Shakespeare for years.

    Thankfully, they have suffered no tragedies or traumas that may persuade you to choose them to be the actual recipients of your tickets. Rather, they experienced great joy months ago when their perfectly healthy and totally adorable baby boy was born. They are a hard-working, admirable, helpful, and kind-hearted young couple who have chosen to be very financially frugal. My daughter gave up her beloved career so that their little boy could enjoy a year or two of her being at home with him. Her husband continues to work and attend graduate school full time. They agreed that many things, especially expensive evenings out enjoying Washington’s wonders, would come to an end.

    No one is complaining here about the any of the above. I am simply and sincerely hoping that I will win the two “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tickets you are offering so that I can offer my two sweethearts a most special midsummer night’s dream of their own.

    Thank you very much.

    Thank you very much.

  7. Karen Key says:

    I have a friend that loves ballet but can not afford tickets. I would love to surprise her and take her for her birthday!

  8. Patricia Rhodes-Kelly says:

    I will be celebrating my 51st birthday on the 4th. And I would love to celebrate your 50th with you in performing arts. I did not get to celebrate last year because I lost my brother and father last year and I was not able to enjoy much of life with death being so prominent. I love ballet and hope I am chosen to live vicariously through you in the arts. ~Patricia

  9. Blanca Rivera says:

    I would love to win this tiks because my little brother whom I raised for the past 10 years is coming home this summer from college. His birthday is on the 7th of June and this will be a great birthday gift and way to reunite with him again. He is a arts fanatic and enjoys the arts.

  10. Emillia says:

    Ballet is an art form of the most sophisticated kind. It is beautiful, inspiring and provides stimuli that no other art form can. The costumes, the décor, the music, the movement, the symmetry, the mastery of the human body are something everyone should experience often, including me.

  11. Sara says:

    I would love to have a night out with my husband. We have 5 children, all boys, and we don’t get to go out by ourselves much at all. Maybe once a year. I’ve always wanted to go to a ballet and this may be my only opportunity. We’ve been married 15 years and have never had a night out like this, only movie dates about once a year.

  12. Fern Mitchell says:

    I have never experienced a live ballet performance and it would be an amazing oppportunity for my gramddaughter and I.

  13. Molly D says:

    Call it shameful or perhaps I’ve always held out for the right time to read and see “A Midsummer Nght’s Dream,” but I should confess the only thing I know about the story is a vague reference my father made to having played the role of Puck when he was a young child in then-British Jamaica, West Indies. This would be the perfect and most memorable way for me to finally appreciate the production, so I hope to win!

  14. Andrea says:

    My daughter loves the ballet and I love music. This would be a great bonding experience, and a wonderful way to celebrate a very challenging school year for her. She worked so hard and persevered through a challenging experience. Plus, we have never experienced the Kennedy Center!

  15. Joanna Ireland says:

    I would like to go as I studied this in school in he UK, I have never been to a ballet and would love to educate my husband in both beautiful dance and Shakespeare 🙂

  16. Renee Fairchild says:

    After loosing a family member every month begining in June of last year through November, I still managed to purchase my first home which I close on June of 2014. This left no room for any activities in almost a year and a half. I could use a treat like this.

  17. Didi says:

    I could go into the long story of my layoff and struggles over the past several years but that would be boring. I was a dance minor and work at a dance studio. I love dance, it lightens my soul. What a total thrill it would be to see this performance. To have the chance would be a highlight of my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

  18. I’d like to win the tickets because I just moved to D.C. and recently attended my first ballet at theTHEARC and I’d love to see a performance at the Kennedy Center.

  19. Susan B. Cannon says:

    I love ballet. Took it as a child. Have never been to a live performance. Have never seen anything inside the Kennedy Center, just boat rides past it . Would love the experience.i

  20. Lesa Lee says:

    I am studying for my Grade 1 ballet teacher’s exam, and would love the opportunity to see this production.

  21. Jenny McCambridge says:

    We have 4 kids and my husband lost his job in November. We love a pick me up, date night, I love ballet, and he loves the Kennedy Center. I would seriously cry with joy to enjoy a night after barley scraping by for 7 months….

  22. Raysheila Griffin says:

    I would like to win ticket to the Pennsylvania Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Kennedy Center because I’m 51 years of age and never been to a ballet before, that’s one of the things I want to do before I leave this earth. It would be awesome to see this performance.

  23. Melanie says:

    I love Shakespeare and ballet! MSND was the first Shakespeare play I read in jr. high and we acted out scenes with our class. It would be lovely to see this presentation!

  24. Michele says:

    My husband and I are on a Shakespeare kick–we’ll be at the Shakespeare Theatre all day on Saturday, so it makes sense to see every bit of Shakespeare that is in town at this time! How marvelous it would be to attend this!

  25. kathryn says:

    My daughter is playing Titania in her middle school production of MSND and it would be lovely to take her to see it in ballet form. The words of the bard translated into elegant movement, how amazing. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  26. Linda Jaramillo says:

    I should win because it’s my birthday month, I turn 36 on the 1st. And because I love ballet, and have never been to the Kennedy Center to see a show. I would be sooooo excited and would appreciate it very much.

  27. Melanie Torres says:

    I would love to take my daughter to see this. The last time I was at the Kennedy Center for a performance was when I was a little girl for the nutcracker suite choreographed by Bryshnikov. My ballet teacher Elizabeth Graetzer took me. She was like a second mother to me and I loved her dearly. I would like to be able to share a similar experience with my daughter 🙂

  28. Vikki Rheams says:

    My son’s 8th grade class has just started reading “A Midummer Night’s Dream” the play. It would be a great addition to his lesson if he along with his classmates could see the play!!! It would also be a GREAT 8th grade graduation gift.!!

  29. Verniesa Allen says:

    I’m a single mom to an amazing, smart, handsome little boy. And I work very hard every single day. It would be an amazing treat to go to the Kennedy Center. I’ve never been!! Never seen a ballet in person. Wow! What a dreamy treat!

    1. Anne Kisslinger says:

      Hi, Verniesa, You are our winner! Check your e-mail for details.

      1. Verniesa Allen says:

        WOW! I am SO excited!! I cannot wait to see my first ballet. This is an AWESOME treat! Thank you so, so very much!!! I can’t stop smiling!!!


  30. Eugenia Roldan says:

    Would be great to share with my husband a quality of time with this ballet. We love it so much, but unfortunately we can’t afford it right now.

  31. Sabrathia Draine Ishakwue says:

    I should win tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream because I have never been to the Kennedy Center nor have I seen this Shakespearean play. It would be a wonderful experience. I’ll share the experience with my good friend Marjie.

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