Friendswood Journal, Pearland Journal 11-8-07

Close your eyes make a wish and open your heart.

Experience the warmth of the holiday season when you see Festival Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. Festival Ballet un-wraps its glittering holiday treat at The San Jacinto College South Fine Arts Center, 13735 Beamer Road, beginning Dec. 1 with both evening and matinee performances.

You will enjoy the time-honored story by E.T.A. Hoffman of one very special night! You will thrill as every toy under the Christmas tree comes alive with all the splendor and merriment of the season! You will see magnificent costumes - spectacular sets - a tree that grows tall and falling snow that blankets a Nutcracker wonderland!

The Nutcracker is a fairy-tale story that never fails to enchant - from the 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. The Nutcracker fills the season with excitement, as it transforms the theater into a winter wonderland.

"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."

Area Dancers Make the Houston Children's Nutcracker Special. This Nutcracker production is very special, as it will include some of the most promising young dancers from the greater Houston area, and as always Festival Ballet performances feature the best in professional Guest Artists and local area dancers

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 it's 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.

Affordable ticket prices and excellent seats assure a memorable experience for the entire family.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 832-830-5987, or on line at