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(HOUSTON, TX) “She really dances like a fairy,” I heard a small girl whisper behind me.

The spell-binding production of “The Nutcracker” now open at the Houston Ballet has the kind of magic that captivates generations old and new alike. A world-class production for a world-class city, Ben Stevenson‘s beautiful choreography set before a live orchestra unfolds like the collision of a World’s Fair and a Christmas parade, wrapped up in a big red bow.

Returning to the stage of the Brown Theater at Houston’s Wortham Theater Center through December 29, follow the joyous Clara’s journey from dueling rats and soldiers into the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Ballet principals Karina Gonzalez, Melody Mennite and Sara Webb astound as they alternate in the production’s lead roles of Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

After a boisterous Christmas party, the mystical Dr. Drosselmeyer leaves behind an enchanted Nutcracker that leads the young Clara through a winter’s night spell. Perhaps the most enjoyable performances come within the second act, when a display of dances from around the world bring audiences to raucous applause.  Watch for the grandfather in the first act for one of the most humorous and memorable performances of the night.

The Nutcracker runs until December 29 at the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. Ticket information is available online at or by calling 713-227-2787.

See Also: A Hauntingly Good Time at Alley’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ [PHOTOS]


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