‘Nutcracker’ Finale

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When: 12/22/2013, 2:30 pm

Location: Performing Arts Center

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“The Nutcracker” concludes 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22  in the PAC’s main hall.

The Bay Area Houston Ballet Company and Theatre (BAHBT) has delighted audiences with the story of young Clara and her magical Christmas toy in “The Nutcracker” for 35 years. But when the dancers take the stage at the Lee College Performing Arts Center, it will be the first time they have been accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra.

The Baytown Symphony Orchestra will join the ballet company at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.

“It’s every dancer’s dream to perform to a live orchestra,” said Ellen King, chair of the BAHBT Board of Directors. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to perform with the Baytown Symphony.”

Founded in 1972 by Lynette Mason-Gregg, the BAHBT produces a season each year in their performing residence at the University of Houston-Clear Lake that includes an eclectic array of selections, from classical ballet to contemporary dance and even a musical.

The BAHBT is the only professional company in the Bay Area, King said. For “The Nutcracker,” they have brought in special guest artists from the Boston Ballet to perform alongside the other dancers, all of whom have auditioned to earn a place in the production — from the adults in the main and demi-character roles, to the young dance students playing minor parts as mice, soldiers or ginger children.

In its debut at the college Performing Arts Center last year, “The Nutcracker” played to sold-out crowds. Tickets for this year’s performance are still available, but going quickly.

“It’s a beautiful facility and this is such an exciting event,” King said.

For more information or to purchase tickets for “The Nutcracker 2013” or the “Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy,” call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 281.425.6255.