‘The Nutcracker’ opens

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When: 12/19/2014, 7:30 pm

Location: Performing Arts Center


The Nutcracker opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at the Performing Arts Center.

After performing “The Nutcracker” last year in front of sold-out crowds with the accompaniment of a live symphony orchestra for the first time in its history, the Bay Area Houston Ballet Company and Theatre (BAHBT) will soon return to the Lee College Performing Arts Center to delight audiences with the beloved story of young Clara and her magical Christmas toy.

The Baytown Symphony Orchestra will reunite with the ballet company for three performances of “The Nutcracker” at the arts center: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, and Saturday, Dec. 20, with a matinee set for 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21. Tickets for the perennial holiday favorite are on sale and already moving fast.

Founded in 1972 by Lynette Mason-Gregg, the BAHBT is the only professional ballet company in the Bay Area. The group produces a season each year in their performing residence at the University of Houston-Clear Lake that includes an eclectic array of ballets and musicals. BAHBT dancers — all of whom must audition for a place in the company — have been performing “The Nutcracker” for local audiences for nearly 40 years. This is the company’s third year presenting the holiday classic at Lee College.

Tea Time with the Sugar Plum Fairies

Families can create special holiday memories and even start a new Christmas tradition at “Tea Time with the Sugar Plum Fairies,” set for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Performing Arts Center. Children will have the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy from “The Nutcracker.”

The fairy is one of the most iconic characters in the ballet, ruling over the Kingdom of Sweets and dancing one of the most well known solo performances in the show.

Tickets for both “The Nutcracker” and “Tea Time with the Sugar Plum Fairies” can be purchased online at www.lee.edu/pac. For additional information about either event, or to buy tickets over the phone, contact the Lee College Performing Arts Center Box office at 281.425.6255.