2023-2024 Student Matinees

Student Matinees are full-length performances by Houston Ballet with live orchestra. Your students experience these professional performances with interactive intermissions. Study guides with information and activities for before and after the performance are included to extend the learning experience.


February 23, 2024 10:30AM

Make no mistake, this is not your childhood Cinderella! More tomboy than princess, Stanton Welch’s title character is a striking woman of substance, determination and spunk. Not waiting on a prince to rescue her, Cinderella is in control, fighting the will of her evil stepmother with wit and vigor. And when she finds true love she grabs it – and holds on with both hands. Set to Prokofiev’s classic score with spectacular set and costume design by Kristian Frederickson, Welch’s unique spin on the storied classic brings the work into modern times, with a twist to suit the 21st century. This version of Cinderella is suitable for 3rd grade and above.

Study Guide

This performance is sold to capacity 

The Nutcracker

December 7, 2023 at 11AM

December 8, 2023 at 11AM 

Stanton Welch’s opulent production of The Nutcracker is one of the most splendid ever staged. In this, the most traditional holiday tale, Clara and Drosselmeyer travel together to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince – and where the magic happens. With grand sets and stunning costumes, The Nutcracker features the entire company of dancers as well as many Houston Ballet Academy students playing hundreds of fun and exciting roles. 

Explore a NEW digital version of The Nutcracker Study Guide for use with students in the classroom before and after the performance.

Study Guide

Both performances are filled to capacity.

Student Matinee Frequently Asked Questions


For additional questions, please reach out to our Group Sales team at 713.535.3245 or email groupsales@houstonballet.org.