The Nutcracker

The Houston Repertoire Ballet presentations of the Nutcracker Ballet are December 3 – 5. Tickets are $15-18. It is your best holiday entertainment value.  Nice theater, good show and no having to to drive downtown!

Guys, impress your wives/girlfriends and take them to see some fine arts.  It is a big hit with kids because it is colorful, fast moving and has many short scenes.

Click here for tickets and more information.

I’ll be playing the role of Dr. Stahlbaum (the opening scene party host) for all the shows.  I’m retiring after this year! My youngest daughter is the real performer.  She has various lead roles in each show.  My wife is helping make the costumes.  It is fun having something the whole family is involved in.

If you bring any young kids who want to meet the dancers after the show just let me know and I can arrange that.

My oldest is performing in the Nutcracker at the professional company where she is a trainee.  We’re excited to go see that one as well.

5 thoughts on “The Nutcracker”

  1. That is so cool. If I lived in Texas I would definitely go, with both my daughters in tow! I always enjoy the Flickr photo albums you post after the show with pics of all of you guys rehearsing.


  2. Two questions:

    First, I may have missed it, but I can’t recall you plugging for any other presentation but this one. Does your daughter perform in other ballets? (not even sure if “ballet” has a plural)

    Secondly, will the dramatic arts industry survive your retirement, finding someone to capture the essence of the character as you have, and make it really live for the audience? 😀

    I’ve seen a presentation in Chicago years ago and really enjoyed it. Though we haven’t done the ballet since then (to my recollection), we do try to see plays in downtown Chicago when we can. The wife and I used to have subscription tickets for the Lincolshire Marriott Theater in Lincolnshire, IL for a few years. They would do plays there like Annie Get Your Gun, Hot Mikado, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and all sorts of others in the round with minimal props. It’s amazing how well some of them get you into the story without props. We saw Cats there. It really sucked.

    Downtown we’ve seen Wicked when it first came to town with Anna Gasteyer from Saturday Night Live, which was hilarious, and we’ve seen Ragtime and of course A Christmas Carol a couple of times at Christmas. We love going to the thea-tah!


    1. Hi Marshall,

      They do two big ballets per year, the Nutcracker and a Spring Concert.

      Yes, the fine arts will someone have to go on without me!

      I’m actually more of a play person than a ballet person. I never get tired of watching the girls dance, but I sometimes call our season tickets to the Houston Ballet the “World’s Most Expensive Nap.” Once the youngest moves out we’ll do plays instead of ballets.

      LOL re. Cats — oh, it sucks so much! It was the first big play we ever saw as a young married couple in Tulsa. It soured me on the theater for a couple decades.

      Wicked was excellent. My favorite is In The Heights. Spamalot was awesome, of course.


    1. I’ll pass along the costume compliment to the ladies that make them!

      My daughters are in the pink (younger) and green (older) costumes (plus a couple other shots).


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