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I've been to the theatre many times but never the ballet. I had no idea what to expect with the Houston Ballet. I read some reviews about the annual production of The Nutcracker and found out this is a "new" version of the old show. What exactly did that mean? I had no idea. But I did find out that it is a $5 million production. For the price tag alone I was excited to see what was in store.
There was a lot of snow -- and I mean a lot... probably more than Canada has right now -- and it even snowed on the audience. Alright, it wasn't real snow but it certainly felt magical as it cascaded over our heads.
The Minnesota couple sitting beside me struck up conversation during the intermission -- excited me because the guy had a flask in his jacket pocket and offered me a few swigs once we became buds. But on top of that they were also from a town not far from where I grew up in Canada. They had seen various Nutcracker performances over the years and said this one has been raved about and they couldn't wait to check it out.