Snowflakes. Sword fights. Dancing dolls. A Christmas tree that reaches the sky.

Choreography: Stanton Welch AM  |  Music: Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

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.



Join us onstage in the Kingdom of Sweets after the show with VIP Experience to meet your favorite Nutcracker characters. Indulge in refreshments and themed photobooth during a VIP reception before the show and during intermission and leave with a commemorative sketch from the production to remember the day.
$80 per person. Availability is limited, so act fast!

VIP Experience add-on is available for these select dates:
2:00 PM: November 30 and December 1, 21, 23, 27, 28
7:30 PM: November 29, 30 and December 13, 14, 15, 20, 22, 23

Houston Ballet Academy will hold open auditions on Sunday, August 25th for the children’s roles in Stanton Welch’s 2019 production of The Nutcracker. This exciting opportunity allows young dancers ages 7-14 to be part of one of the city’s grandest holiday traditions while working alongside talented professional dancers and instructors. For more information and to register, please view the form below:


Houston Ballet’s performances of The Nutcracker generously sponsored by:


                     ConocoPhillips           Bank of America


                   Shell Oil Company         United Airlines Logo

For more information, please call Houston Ballet Box Office at 713.227.ARTS(2787).


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