Brazos Living, 11-1-03

“Nutcracker production set”

Festival Ballet presents "The Nutcracker", December 13th 2:00 & 7:00 p.m., December 14th 4:00 p.m. at The Bock Center for Performing Arts- McCullough auditorium

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 Bock Center for Performing Arts - McCullough auditorium, 3800 S. Panther Creek beginning December 13th 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 Center for the Arts and Sciences 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. Festival Ballet’s sparkling holiday gift”.

Area Dancers Make The Nutcracker Special
This Nutcracker is very special, as it will include talented young dancers from The Woodlands, South Montgomery County, Northern Harris County, and Brazoria County who have roles in Festival Ballet’s production. Open auditions were held at the Academy of Ballet & Dance Arts. The opportunity to perform in a production of this scale is thrilling for the young dancers and an experience they will treasure.

Professional Guest Artists
As always Festival Ballet performances feature the best in professional Guest Artists and local area dancers. The Guest Artist's for this production includes Norbert Nirewicz (Polish National Ballet), and Rolando Yanes (Milwaukee Ballet). Milwaukee Ballet Auditions Guest Artist Rolando Yanes, Director of the Milwaukee Ballet School will hold auditions for the Milwaukee Ballet summer workshop December 14, at Noon at the Festival Ballet studios, 27326 Robinson Road. All area dancers are invited to attend.

Sugar Plum Day at the Ballet - Saturday December 20, 2:00 p.m. The Saturday December 20th performance is a special “Sugar Plum Day at the Ballet”. Have your “Little Sugar Plum” come dressed in their favorite costume and receive a complimentary gift.

Ticket Information
Affordable ticket prices and excellent seats assure a memorable experience for the entire family. Tickets may be charged by phone at 281-292-9441 or online at