Dancer: Katie Pratt Photographer: Charles W. Falk

The Nutcracker Ballet, a familiar holiday tradition, will be presented at the Atascocita High School theater Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5. For the past 34 years, Kingwood Dance Theatre’s full-length production, with extensive sets and costumes, has brought the story of Clara and her nutcracker prince to life. A cast of more than 100 dancers and performers fill the stage with mice and soldiers, harlequin dolls, snowflakes, gingerbread children, the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A gliding sleigh, magical trunk and falling snow add to the enchantment of the ballet, set to the well-known music of Peter Tchaikovsky.

This year’s production will feature Victoria Goncalo as the Sugar Plum Fairy and guest artist Andre Prikhodko as the Prince. Katie Pratt will perform the role of Snow Queen. Jillian Broussard and Sunnie Swenson will share the role of Dew Drop. The role of Clara will be shared by Janae Beylotte and Adeline Vinson.

Kingwood Dance Theatre’s performances are Saturday, Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reserved seating tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.kingwooddancetheatre.com. Tickets will also be sold at the theater box office on the day of the performance. The box office will open one hour before curtain. Area Scouts may be interested in the badge-earning program, which includes a tour backstage after the performance. Atascocita High School is located at 13300 Will Clayton Parkway. For more information or to order tickets, call 281-358-4616.

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