Here’s just a tiny segment of the original tale, according to Wood: When the princess tries to exterminate mice in her house, the Mouse Queen casts a curse of ugliness upon her. The cure? Find Prince Charming, who will crack a magic nut — the original Nutcracker! — and feed it to the princess. But things get strange. Somehow, the prince catches the princess’s ugly and the Mouse Queen gets stepped on. “We’re going for the laughs,” Wood says. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Center, 2201 Preston. For information, call 713-529-1819 or visit www.suchudance.org. $17 to $20.
Dec. 1-4, 2011