More than 1 million people have seen The Nutcracker as choreographed by former Houston Ballet Artistic Director Ben Stevenson. For many, it was a chance to introduce their children to the beauty of storytelling without words, in athleticism and grace set to wonderful music. For the Houston Ballet, it has been a cash cow (much like A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre). and a chance for its dancers to shine in a classic tale.
As it turns out, this year is the last opportunity Houston audiences will have to add to the number of people who've seen Stevenson's version.
In 2016, Artistic Director Stanton Welch will present his own choreography with new sets and costumes. And based upon his other work with story ballets for the Houston Ballet (Romero and Juliet most recently), that is indeed something to look forward to.
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But anyone who has seen the beauty and animation of Stevenson's version knows its place in Houston's ballet legacy. There will be 34 performances starting November 27 and ending December 27 at the Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas.
Clara and King Rat, the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets will be there.
For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $39-$139.