Houston Chronicle This Week Montgomery County November 14, 2002

Festival Ballet presents 'The Nutcracker'

The Sugar Plum Fairy is ready to dance again.

Festival Ballet presents "The Nutcracker", December 13, through December 15, 2002 at The Montgomery College Theater, 3200 Hwy 242 West, in The Woodlands.

“It's a wonderful story that never grows old”, states Artistic Director Deborah Rayburn, “a beloved holiday tradition that touches the hearts of young and old alike. Festival Ballet’s sparkling holiday gift”.

The Nutcracker is a fairy-tale story, complete with a Christmas tree that grows, spinning snowflakes and waltzing flowers, to the toy soldiers battling the Mouse King, and of course, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugarplum Fairy and her dashing Cavalier.

This production will include talented young dancers from The Woodlands, greater South Montgomery County, Northern Harris County, and Brazoria County who have roles in Festival Ballet’s production. Open auditions were held at the Woodlands Dance Academy.

Festival Ballet performances feature professional Guest Artists and local area dancers. The Guest Artist's for this production includes Norbert Nirewicz (Columbia City Ballet) as The Sugar Cavalier, and Gavin Larsen (Alberta Ballet) as The Sugar Plum Fairy.

In connection with the production, a Sugar Plum Tea will be held 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Barnes and Noble booksellers.

Those who attend can sample treats from the Land of the Sweets, enjoy Nutcracker Story Time, and Meet the dancers dressed in costume.

The tea is sponsored by Barnes and Noble, 1310 Lake Woodlands Drive. Admission is free but space is limited.

The performance on December 14 at 2 p.m. is part of the Young Audience Series. Children who come dressed in their favorite Sugar Plum costume will receive a complementary gift.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Woodlands Dance Academy, 27326 Robinson Road, or Charged by phone at 281-292-9441.

Woodlands Festival Ballet is a 501 c-3 not for profit arts organization and depends on corporate, philanthropic, as well as public support.

 Visit Festival Ballet's website at www.festivalballet.info