Nutcracker’ returns for 11th season

Published November 11, 2007

Festival Ballet will present its 11th annual production of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 1 at Brazoswood High School in Clute, and again Dec. 15 and 16 at San Jacinto College South in Houston.

The Dec. 1 performance will be at 4 p.m. at the Brazoswood High School auditorium, 302 W. Brazoswood Drive in Clute.

On Dec. 15, there will be 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. evening performances at the San Jacinto College South Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer Road. The Dec. 16 performance at San Jacinto College South is at 4 p.m.

The time-honored fairy-tale story by E.T.A. Hoffman features a Christmas tree that grows, spinning snowflakes and waltzing flowers, toy soldiers battling the Mouse King and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugarplum Fairy and her dashing Cavalier.

“It’s a wonderful story that never grows old, a beloved holiday tradition that touches the hearts of young and old alike,” said Deborah Rayburn, artistic director for Festival Ballet.

Area dancers help make the children’s “Nutcracker” special as it includes some of the most promising young dancers from the greater Houston area, and as always Festival Ballet performances feature professional guest artists as well.

Tickets for “The Nutcracker” can be purchased by phone at (832) 830-5987, or online at

Festival Ballet is a performing semi-professional ballet company with locations throughout the Houston area. As an independent not-for-profit 501 c-3 arts organization, its mission is to enlighten and entertain audiences with classical and contemporary presentations, provide performance experience for advanced-level ballet students and encourage and promote the art of dance in our community.