Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker to Delight and Entertain this Holiday Season

Melody Mennite and artists of Houston Ballet.
Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s spectacular production of The
returns and ventures across Houston this holiday season. As a result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Houston Ballet’s home venue, the Wortham Theater, is closed through May 2018, leaving the company unable to perform several programs in the beloved performing arts center. Houston Ballet is pleased to report that select performances of fall programming have been rescheduled and relocated, and the company is taking Welch’s The Nutcracker on tour in its hometown city of Houston. This cherished classic will begin its journey at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land and conclude at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Houston. The schedule is as follows:

Smart Financial Centre

1811 Lexington Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas 77479

December 10th – 23rd, 2017

The Hobby Center for thePerforming Arts

800 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002

December 30th, 2017 – January 6th, 2018

This highly-anticipated, opulent production of The Nutcracker features a slew of characters, larger-than life scenery, and sparkling choreography. In addition to Houston Ballet’s company of dancers, students from all levels of Houston Ballet Academy also get the chance to perform in Welch’s The Nutcracker. Making its world debut last holiday season, the production showcases a family-friendly storyline and characters audiences know and love, only bigger, brighter, and grander.

Welch drew his inspiration for this production from the 1816 story The Nutcracker andthe MouseKing by E. T. A. Hoffmann and features music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). With scenic and costume design by acclaimed British designer Tim Goodchild, audiences can expect to see over 250 costumes and a massive Christmas tree in Act I and a serene Land of the Sweets set amongst the clouds in Act II.

Current ticket holders for The Nutcracker will be notified regarding their options on relocating to these venues. Tickets are available at or by calling 713-227-2787.