Through Clara’s eyes, take the nostalgic and whimsical journey to the land of the sweets and around the world!

Whether you have witnessed it once or dozens of times, the magic of The Nutcracker never fades. Bask in the glow of a holiday tradition that has brought joy to millions. Amplify your family’s festive cheer with Clara’s timeless story, Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, and Willam Christensen’s iconic choreography.  

Ballet West is back to live with live music, featuring the Ballet West Orchestra! 

 

“The best Nutcracker in the United States.” – The New York Times

RUN TIME: 2 hours including one 20 minute intermission

 

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Choreography: Willam Christensen
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 
Costume Design: David Heuvel
Scenic Design: John Wayne Cook
Additional Scenic Design: Dick and Belinda Bird
World Premiere: 1944, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California
Utah Premiere: December 27, 1955, Kingsbury Hall

Recommended ages 5 and up.

Programs, artists, and dates subject to change.

 

 

Ballet West Health and Safety Policy

Ballet West places the highest priority on the health and safety of our patrons, dancers, and staff. We are thrilled to welcome back live audiences! For the 2021/22 Season, face masks are required for all attendees, regardless of age or vaccination status. Any ticket holder who does not comply with any COVID-19 related health protocol may be required to leave the theater, and their ticket will not be refunded. Ballet West reserves the right to change or amend the health policy for performances in the future.

 

Houston Ballet Exchange

We are excited to welcome Houston Ballet principal artist Yuriko Kajiya and soloist artist Harper Watters who will appear as guest artists during performances of The Nutcracker this year! Guest Artist performance schedule to be announced soon!

 

AT THE JANET QUINNEY LAWSON CAPITOL THEATRE

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE – SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Dec 4 Matinee 2pm 
Dec 4 Evening 7pm
Dec 5 Matinee 12pm
Dec 10 Evening 7pm
Dec 11 Matinee 2pm
Dec 11 Evening 7pm
Dec 12 Matinee 12pm
Dec 12 Evening 5pm
Dec 16 Evening 7pm
Dec 17 Evening 7pm
Dec 18 Matinee 2pm
Dec 18 Evening 7pm
Dec 19 Matinee 12pm
Dec 19 Evening 5pm
Dec 21 Matinee 2pm
Dec 21 Evening 7pm
Dec 22* Matinee 2pm
Dec 22 Evening 7pm
Dec 23* Matinee 2pm
Dec 23 Evening 7pm
Dec 24 Matinee 12pm
Dec 26 Matinee 12pm
Dec 26 Evening 5pm

 

*NUTCRACKER TEAS
DEC 22 & 23

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Join characters from The Nutcracker for a whimsical afternoon tea party at The Grand America Hotel. While you’re there, learn about pointe shoes and costumes, enjoy delicious high tea fare and have your photo taken with cast members from George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation presents Willam Christensen’s The Nutcracker.

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CASTING

*CASTING SUBJECT TO CHANGE. FOR THE MOST ACCURATE LIST OF PERFORMERS, CHECK THE CASTING BOARD IN THE LOBBY PRIOR TO EACH PERFORMANCE.


 

Dec 4 – 2PM 
Clara: Annabelle Jackman
Fritz: Gabriel Brown
Nutcracker Prince: David Huffmire
Snow Queen: Emily Adams 
Snow Cavalier: Chase O’Connell
Sugar Plum Fairy: Katlyn Addison 
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Tyler Gum
Waltz pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Jake Preece 
Arabian pas de deux: Beckanne Sisk, Hadriel Diniz

Dec 4 – 7 PM 
Clara: Annabelle Jackman
Fritz: Gabriel Brown
Nutcracker Prince: Joshua Shutkind
Snow Queen: Beckanne Sisk
Snow Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz 
Sugar Plum Fairy: Emily Adams
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Adrian Fry
Waltz pas de deux: Jenna Rae Herrera, Jordan Veit
Arabian pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Joshua Whitehead

Dec 5 – 12 PM 
Clara: Annabelle Jackman
Fritz: Gabriel Brown
Nutcracker Prince: Jordan Veit
Snow Queen: Katyn Addison  
Snow Cavalier: Adrian Fry
Sugar Plum Fairy: Beckanne Sisk
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Chase O’Connell
Waltz pas de deux: Emily Adams, Tyler Gum
Arabian pas de deux: Allison DeBona, Dominic Ballard

Dec 10 – 7 PM 
Clara: London Williamson
Fritz: Devin Zurita
Nutcracker Prince: Noel Jensen
Snow Queen: Katyn Addison  
Snow Cavalier: Adrian Fry
Sugar Plum Fairy: Jenna Rae Herrera
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Jordan Veit
Waltz pas de deux: Emily Adams, Tyler Gum
Arabian pas de deux: Allison DeBona, Dominic Ballard

Dec 11 – 2 PM 
Clara: London Williamson
Fritz: Devin Zurita
Nutcracker Prince: David Huffmire
Snow Queen: Emily Adams 
Snow Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Sugar Plum Fairy: Katlyn Addison 
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Tyler Gum
Waltz pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Jake Preece 
Arabian pas de deux: Allison DeBona, Dominic Ballard

Dec 11 – 7 PM 
Clara: London Williamson
Fritz: Devin Zurita
Nutcracker Prince: Joshua Whitehead
Snow Queen: Amy Potter 
Snow Cavalier: Tyler Gum
Sugar Plum Fairy: Jenna Rae Herrera
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Jordan Veit
Waltz pas de deux: Chelsea Keefer, Joshua Shutkind
Arabian pas de deux: Katlyn Addison, Rex Tilton

Dec 12 – 12 PM 
Clara: London Williamson
Fritz: Devin Zurita
Nutcracker Prince: Beau Chesivoir
Snow Queen: Chelsea Keefer
Snow Cavalier: David Huffmire
Sugar Plum Fairy: Allison DeBona
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Rex Tilton 
Waltz pas de deux: Amy Potter, Hadriel Diniz
Arabian pas de deux: Olivia Gusti, Tyler Gum

Dec 12 – 5 PM
Clara: London Williamson
Fritz: Devin Zurita
Nutcracker Prince: Noel Jensen
Snow Queen: Allison DeBona
Snow Cavalier: Rex Tilton
Sugar Plum Fairy: Amy Potter
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Waltz pas de deux: Katlyn Addison, Adrian Fry
Arabian pas de deux: Chelsea Keefer, Joshua Shutkind

Dec 16 – 7 PM 
Clara: London Williamson
Fritz: Devin Zurita
Nutcracker Prince: Joshua Shutkind
Snow Queen: Allison DeBona
Snow Cavalier: Rex Tilton
Sugar Plum Fairy: Amy Potter
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Waltz pas de deux: Jenna Rae Herrera, Jordan Veit
Arabian pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Joshua Whitehead

Dec 17 – 7 PM 
Clara: Olivia Humeniuk
Fritz: Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
Nutcracker Prince: Jordan Veit
Snow Queen: Katyn Addison  
Snow Cavalier: Adrian Fry
Sugar Plum Fairy: Yuriko Kajiya (Houston Ballet)
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Harper Watters (Houston Ballet)
Waltz pas de deux: Emily Adams, Tyler Gum
Arabian pas de deux: Allison DeBona, Dominic Ballard

 

Dec 18 – 2 PM 
Clara: Olivia Humeniuk
Fritz: Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
Nutcracker Prince: Beau Chesivoir
Snow Queen: Chelsea Keefer
Snow Cavalier: David Huffmire
Sugar Plum Fairy: Allison DeBona
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Rex Tilton 
Waltz pas de deux: Amy Potter, Hadriel Diniz
Arabian pas de deux: Olivia Gusti, Tyler Gum

Dec 18 – 7 PM 
Clara: Olivia Humeniuk
Fritz: Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
Nutcracker Prince: David Huffmire
Snow Queen: Emily Adams 
Snow Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Sugar Plum Fairy: Yuriko Kajiya (Houston Ballet) 
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Harper Watters (Houston Ballet)
Waltz pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Jake Preece 
Arabian pas de deux: Allison DeBona, Dominic Ballard

Dec 19 – 12 PM 
Clara: Olivia Humeniuk
Fritz: Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
Nutcracker Prince: Joshua Shutkind
Snow Queen: Emily Adams
Snow Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Sugar Plum Fairy: Kazlyn Nielsen
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Jake Preece
Waltz pas de deux: Jenna Rae Herrera, Jordan Veit
Arabian pas de deux: Victoria Vassos, Dominic Ballard

Dec 19 – 5 PM 
Clara: Olivia Humeniuk
Fritz: Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
Nutcracker Prince: Vinicous Lima
Snow Queen: Jenna Rae Herrera
Snow Cavalier: Jordan Veit
Sugar Plum Fairy: Chelsea Keefer
Sugar Plum Cavalier: David Huffmire
Waltz pas de deux: Kristina Weimer, Dominic Ballard
Arabian pas de deux: Anisa Sinteral, Joseph Lynch

Dec 21 – 2 PM
Clara: Olivia Humeniuk
Fritz: Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
Nutcracker Prince: Vinicous Lima
Snow Queen: Jenna Rae Herrera
Snow Cavalier: Jordan Veit
Sugar Plum Fairy: Chelsea Keefer
Sugar Plum Cavalier: David Huffmire
Waltz pas de deux: Kristina Weimer, Dominic Ballard
Arabian pas de deux: Anisa Sinteral, Joseph Lynch

Dec 21 – 7 PM 
Clara: Olivia Humeniuk
Fritz: Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
Nutcracker Prince: Joshua Shutkind
Snow Queen: Emily Adams
Snow Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Sugar Plum Fairy: Kazlyn Nielsen
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Jake Preece
Waltz pas de deux: Jenna Rae Herrera, Jordan Veit
Arabian pas de deux: Victoria Vassos, Dominic Ballard

Dec 22 – 2 PM 
Clara: Isabelle Latimer
Fritz: Thomas Fowler
Nutcracker Prince: Joshua Shutkind
Snow Queen: Amy Potter
Snow Cavalier: Tyler Gum
Sugar Plum Fairy: Allison DeBona
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Rex Tilton 
Waltz pas de deux: Jenna Rae Herrera, Jordan Veit
Arabian pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Joshua Whitehead

Dec 22 – 7 PM
Clara: Isabelle Latimer
Fritz: Thomas Fowler
Nutcracker Prince: Noel Jensen
Snow Queen: Allison DeBona
Snow Cavalier: Rex Tilton
Sugar Plum Fairy: Amy Potter
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Waltz pas de deux: Katlyn Addison, Adrian Fry
Arabian pas de deux: Chelsea Keefer, Joshua Shutkind

Dec 23 – 2 PM 
Clara: Isabelle Latimer
Fritz: Thomas Fowler
Nutcracker Prince: Vinicous Lima
Snow Queen: Jenna Rae Herrera
Snow Cavalier: Jordan Veit
Sugar Plum Fairy: Chelsea Keefer
Sugar Plum Cavalier: David Huffmire
Waltz pas de deux: Kristina Weimer, Dominic Ballard
Arabian pas de deux: Anisa Sinteral, Joseph Lynch

Dec 23 – 7 PM
Clara: Isabelle Latimer
Fritz: Thomas Fowler
Nutcracker Prince: David Huffmire
Snow Queen: Emily Adams 
Snow Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz
Sugar Plum Fairy: Katlyn Addison 
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Tyler Gum
Waltz pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Jake Preece 
Arabian pas de deux: Victoria Vassos, Dominic Ballard

 

Dec 24 – 12 PM 
Clara: Isabelle Latimer
Fritz: Thomas Fowler
Nutcracker Prince: Jordan Veit
Snow Queen: Katyn Addison  
Snow Cavalier: Adrian Fry
Sugar Plum Fairy: Beckanne Sisk
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Chase O’Connell
Waltz pas de deux: Emily Adams, Tyler Gum
Arabian pas de deux: Allison DeBona, Dominic Ballard

Dec 26 – 12 PM 
Clara: Isabelle Latimer
Fritz: Thomas Fowler
Nutcracker Prince: Joshua Shutkind
Snow Queen: Beckanne Sisk
Snow Cavalier: Hadriel Diniz 
Sugar Plum Fairy: Emily Adams
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Adrian Fry
Waltz pas de deux: Jenna Rae Herrera, Jordan Veit
Arabian pas de deux: Kazlyn Nielsen, Joshua Whitehead

Dec 26 – 5 PM 
Clara: Isabelle Latimer
Fritz: Thomas Fowler
Nutcracker Prince: Beau Chesivoir
Snow Queen: Chelsea Keefer
Snow Cavalier: David Huffmire
Sugar Plum Fairy: Allison DeBona
Sugar Plum Cavalier: Rex Tilton 
Waltz pas de deux: Amy Potter, Hadriel Diniz
Arabian pas de deux: Olivia Gusti, Tyler Gum

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GUEST ARTISTS


 

YURIKO KAJIYA
Principal Dancer with Houston Ballet 
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Born in Aichi, Japan, Yuriko Kajiya began her training at the age of eight. At ten, she moved to China and became one of the first foreign students to study with and graduate from the Shanghai Ballet School on scholarship. In January 2000, she won the renowned Prix de Lausanne Scholarship, leading to her study at the National Ballet of Canada School in Toronto.

Kajiya joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in September 2001 and was promoted to the main Company as an apprentice in 2002. She performed with ABT for fifteen years, seven of those as a Soloist. In 2014, she joined Houston Ballet as a First Soloist and was quickly promoted to Principal in November 2014 following her performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker.

She has danced leading roles from many classical full-length ballets and has worked with some of the world’s greatest choreographers, coaches, teachers and dancers including Stanton Welch AM, Ben Stevenson OBE, George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Mark Morris, Jorma Elo, John Cranko, Ronald Hynd, Jiří Kylián, Antony Tudor, Michel Fokine, Twyla Tharp, Sir Frederick Ashton, Kevin McKenzie, Alexei Ratmansky, James Kudelka and Martha Graham.

Kajiya has danced lead roles in many of Stanton Welch’s ballets, including Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya, Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly, Comtesse de Noailles in Marie, Artemis in Sylvia, and Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and Arabian in The Nutcracker. She has also danced lead roles in Ben Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia, Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, John Cranko’s The Taming of The Shrew and Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon. Her repertoire also includes Dumbarton, Baker’s Dozen, Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, Brief Fling, Chamber Symphony, Dark Elegies, Désir, Diversion of Angels, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Overgrown Path, Petite Mort, Rabbit and Rogue, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Symphony in C and Theme and Variations. 

Outside of performances, Kajiya has led and participated in several international benefit projects. She performed as part of the United Way’s “Hearts for Houston” in New York City to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. In 2020, she produced Hearts for Artists, an online benefit project to support the performing arts in Japan. She also joined 32 dancers from leading ballet companies around the world in the “Swans for Relief” project to raise money for their companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, she received an Art Award from Japan’s Agency of Cultural Affairs for her guest performance in Le Corsaire and her work with Hearts for Artists.

She has received many accolades for her performances and leadership work, including the Artistic Ambassador Award of Japan in 2012, Time Magazine’s “One of the next generation leaders” in 2015 and Pointe Magazine’s “One of the best performances for Giselle” in 2019.

HARPER WATTERS
First Soloist Dancer with Houston Ballet
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Originally from Dover, New Hampshire, Harper Watters trained at Portsmouth School of Ballet, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Washington Ballet and Houston Ballet Summer intensives. He was a member of Houston Ballet II from 2009 – 2011. In 2011, he competed at the Prix de Lausanne Ballet Competition where he won 6th overall as well as the contemporary dance award.  Watters joined Houston Ballet as an apprentice in 2011.  He rose through the ranks from corps de ballet in 2012 to demi soloist in 2016.  Watters was promoted to soloist in 2017.

Since then, Watters has danced a variety of roles from the world’s leading dance choreographers. He has enjoyed dancing roles such as the Prince in Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker, Performer in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère, Gopak and Lead Flower in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Sancho Panza and Espada in Stevenson’s Don Quixote as well as roles in Stevenson’s Giselle and Romeo and Juliet. He has danced in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Theme and VariationsJewels and Ballet Imperial. His repertory includes Mark Morris’s Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes; Twyla Tharp’s The Brahms-Haydn Variations; Stanton Welch’s Divergence, Clear, Of Blessed Memory, Sons de L’âme, Maninyas and Play; Jerome Robbin’s The Concert; Camille in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow; Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan; Hans Van Manen’s Grosse Fuge; William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and Jiří Kylián’s Stepping Stones, Sinfonietta and Petite Mort. He danced in the world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s Murmuration and created roles in Aszure Barton’s Angular Momentum and Come In; Garret Smith’s Return; Justin Peck’s Reflections and Apollo in Stanton Welch’s Sylvia, The Rite of Spring and Trumpet in The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra.

 

Watters has performed in several tours including Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake in Dubai, UAE and Minneapolis, MN (2018); Welch’s Tapestry and Velocity in Bonn and Ludwigshafen, Germany (2017) and Welch’s world premiere of Just, Clear, Sons de L’âme and Trey McIntyre’s In Dreams at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA (2018).  As part of the Company’s 50th tour in October of 2019, he traveled to New York City’s City Center to reprise his original role in Justin Peck’s Reflections.