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Houston Ballet’s breathtaking production of ‘The Nutcracker’ opens in Sugar Land

December 11, 2017

With its home venue, the Wortham Center, still undergoing extensive repairs due to flooding during Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Ballet is taking its beloved holiday production of “The Nutcracker” on the road.

This year as part of the Houston Ballet Hometown Tour, Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s production of “The Nutcracker” will be performed at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land and then the Hobby Center downtown.

With a set featuring a 35 foot-tall Christmas tree that weighs roughly 8,000 pounds and exquisitely-painted sets that glisten magically under shimmering stage lights, the much-loved ballet is sure to delight theater-goers of all ages.

“I think just the massive scale of the production is pretty impressive,” Houston Ballet Director of Production Andrew Nielsen said. “It took us 20 semi-trucks to pack up the costumes, props and sets and transport everything to Sugar Land; that gives you some idea of how grand the production is.”

The production features more than 250 costumes designed by acclaimed British designer Tim Goodchild.

“The costumes are breathtaking,” Nielsen said. “Each is designed to be film-worthy so the detail and precision involved in the finished products is amazing.”

Nielsen said one of the production’s most impressive scenes comes in Act 2.

“The set for the ‘Land of the Sweets’ in the second act is breathtaking,” Nielsen said. “The set features beautiful clouds that were airbrushed by hand, delicately enhanced by custom-installed LED lights that create really vibrant colors and a dreamlike effect that is unforgettable.”

The $84 million Smart Financial Center opened its doors last January and has since drawn large crowds of live music and fine arts patrons from across the greater Houston area. But, the 14-performance tour of the Houston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is expected to be its most popular and successful show yet.

Performances run Dec. 10 through Dec. 23 at Smart Financial Center with ticket prices starting at $35.

For more information, visit www.houstonballet.org.