Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson,
O.B.E. Dancer(s): Alyssa Springer and Artists of Houston Ballet.

Since its Houston premiere in 1987, THE NUTCRACKER with choreography by Ben Stevenson has been one of Houston's favorite and most cherished ways to kick off the holiday season. Since it first opened 26 years ago, the gorgeous and spectacle filled holiday treat has been seen by over 1,000,000 people. The dazzling production always delights audiences and is, as the Houston Ballet puts it, "the perfect way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical dance. Tchaikovsky's magical score, Desmond Heeley's fairy-tale scenery, and Ben Stevenson's vibrantly theatrical staging combine to create one of the most visually stunning productions of THE NUTCRACKER in the world today."

This year, Houston Ballet will give 34 performances of beloved favorite from November 29 to December 29, 2013. Performances are Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m and November 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $19 to $125. For tickets and more information, please visit http://houstonballet.org or call (713) 227-2787 or 1 (800) 828-ARTS.

Also, be sure to check out BroadwayWorld's interview with Charles-Louis Yoshiyama about this season's production of THE NUTCRACKER here and BroadwayWorld's review of last season's production here.

All photos by Amitava Sarkar. Courtesy of Houston Ballet.

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Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Nozomi Iijima.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Nozomi Iijima.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Nozomi Iijima, Christopher Gray, Artists of Houston Ballet.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Rhodes Elliott and Artists of Houston Ballet.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): William Newton and Allison Miller.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Charles-Louis Yoshiyama.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Alyssa Springer and Artists of Houston Ballet.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Joseph Walsh and Allison Miller.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Connor Walsh and Karina Gonzalez.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Joseph Walsh and Allison Miller.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Allison Miller.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Joseph Walsh and Karina Gonzalez.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Joseph Walsh and Karina Gonzalez.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Joseph Walsh and Karina Gonzalez.

Photo Flash: Houston Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER Rings in Holiday Season
Ballet: THE NUTCRACKER. Choreographer: Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. Dancer(s): Karina Gonzalez.

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