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Houston Repertoire Ballet: A Celebration of Dance–April 9 & 10

If you are in the Cypress, TX area and want a little culture this weekend, check out Houston Repertoire Ballet: A Celebration of Dance.  It is your best fine arts value.

My youngest daughter will be doing her last performance for HRB, then she’ll be retiring from ballet and doing the college thing.


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The professionals featured in the show are from the American Ballet Theater in New York City.  Jared Matthews used to dance with the Houston Repertoire Ballet.  He is a really down to earth guy.  The last time we were in New York my oldest daughter checked with him to see when he’d be performing (the girls have had the good fortune to be onstage with them many times over the years).  He went out of his way to get the girls and their friends discount tickets to the show at the Lincoln Center, plus 15th row seats to watch a rehearsal and walk backstage.  Jared and Yuriko both took time to give her a lot of good career advice over the years.  It is always nice to see people who are that good at something yet are still humble and approachable.

Here they are on So You Think You Can Dance.



Tickets available here.

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.

Cinderella Ballet follow up

The Cinderella Ballet performances went really well last month.  Both girls had their biggest roles ever and had great performances in all three shows.  The artistic directors who founded the company said it was the best show they had ever done and it was what they had dreamed of. 

I had fun playing Cinderella’s father (Nepotism ain’t so bad — what role could be more natural than playing my daughter’s father?) and as a court gentleman in the ballroom scene.  The rehearsals and the show were a blast.  It is hard to believe it is all over.  No, I didn’t really dance much, I just moved here and there while the girls danced around.  And, despite rumors to the contrary, no tights were used by me in this performance.

More good news: Daughter 1 has been accepted to the trainee program of a professional ballet company!  It is definitely dream-come-true time.  Fifteen years of passion and hard work paid off.  She’ll be training and performing while going to college part time.

Also see It’s a Cinderella Story Part I and Part II.

It’s a Cinderella story, Part I

cinderellaFrom the I am not making this up department, I will be playing the role of Cinderella’s father in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s production of Cinderella  on May 16-17.  My wife is endlessly amazed that I’m doing this because I’m the guy who doesn’t even like to dress up for Halloween.

My oldest daughter will be playing the title role and my youngest has a big role as the Spring Fairy.  Given that I’m the father of Cinderella in real life, I suppose that means I am uniquely qualified for this role.   How could I say no?

The father role is in the first act.  I basically have to act irritated at my nagging wife and obnoxious step-daughters and then I have a nice one-on-one scene with my daughter.  It is just the two of us interacting and dancing for a couple minutes.  I “tell” her (using hand gestures) that she looks like the picture of her real mother (now deceased), then we have a little dance.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I basically stand there and she dances around me.  It is the only time my character is joyful.  He had a great political job until his first wife died, then he married for money.  Bad idea.

My daughter likes to remind me that my character is a pretty lousy dad.  He buys dresses for his step-daughters but not for Cinderella.  Apparently he dies between Act I and Act III because he is nowhere to be found when the Prince arrives with the shoe and then marries her.

I was surprised to find out that I’m in the second act ballroom scene as well, but this time as a different character.  There are six couples doing ballroom moves throughout the act. 

The show is coming together very nicely, with lots of good dancing, acting and humor.  The artistic director and the dancers are so talented and hardworking, and rehearsals are a lot of fun.  It is nice distraction from my day job. 

This will be a lot more challenging than the Nutcracker “Party Dad” gig I’ve done four times.  We won’t have three dozen other people on stage with us and I can’t just blend in.

Dates & times

  • Sat. 5/16/2009 at 2:00 PM
  • Sat. 5/16/2009 at 7:30 PM
  • Sun. 5/17/2009 at 3:00 PM

If you are interested you can order tickets here