It is almost time for the 4th annual Houston Ballet performance of The Nutcracker – the classic show that will ensure you get in the Christmas spirit. The ballet is also celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and is excited to continue the tradition of this cherished production.
Houston Ballet’s Artistic Director Stanton Welch AM’s is beyond excited to display this ballet for the more than 75,000 ballet goers each season. Welch takes great pride in the fact he is able to be a part of a ballet that transcends age and culture to bring people together in the spirit of the holidays.
The Nutcracker’s larger than life whimsical ambiance is made possible by a total of 67 technicians led by Tim Goodchild’s vision of a magical set, complete with a 39 foot Christmas tree that encases a 25-foot spiral staircase. With 5 complete set changes during the performance, audience member are continually kept on their feet. Although Houston winter weather rarely includes snow, the 75 pounds of faux snow used during the performance will make you feel as if you were in a winter wonderland.
Goodchild also designed the fairytale costumes for the over 250 characters in the show. The beautiful costumes were created by Houston Ballet’s costume shop and by 10 outside vendors from major fashion cities including New York, Chicago, London, and Houston. The enormous crew includes 61 Company dancers and 344 young dancers from ages 7-19 who make up the rest of the incredibly talented cast.
Each classic musical number is performed by 4 conductors, 95 musicians, 60 members of the Houston Girls Chorus who rotate in and out during the 37 performances. The Nutcracker’s timeless performances accompanied by the stunning music makes this ballet a must-see for this holiday season.
See The Nutcracker November 29th through December 29th at Wortham Theater Center.
All Photos Courtesy of The Houston Ballet