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FOR RELEASE MAY 30, 2014
Houston Ballet Lights up the Holidays with The Nutcracker
From November 28-December 28, 2014, Houston Ballet will bring Texas its most joyous holiday gift with its beloved production of Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker, a Houston holiday tradition. A wonderful ballet for the entire family, The Nutcracker is the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky's magical score, Desmond Heeley's fairytale scenery and Mr. Stevenson's vibrantly theatrical staging combine to create one of the most visually stunning productions of The Nutcracker in the world today.
The Nutcracker tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking on a journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Young and old alike will experience the production's many special effects, including the Christmas tree that "grows" to 40 feet, 200 pounds of "snow" falling during the snow scene and the firing of a canon on stage. Tedd Bale, dance critic for the Houston Chronicle (November 25, 2012), wrote, "The opening performance was a tremendous assertion of just how thrilling tradition can be, probably because the dancing was superb and also because a certain inspiration was in the air."