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Dancing The Nutcracker 35 Times a Year: It’s Not for Wimps

Since it debuted 27 years ago, the Houston Ballet’s annual staging of Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has been seen by more than a million people. This year’s run, which began the day after Thanksgiving, goes through Dec. 28 at the Wortham Center’s Brown Theatre. Houston ballet soloist Nao Kusuzaki and dancer Aaron Sharratt […]

Houston Ballet dancers Nao Kusuzaki and Aaron Sharratt. (Photo: St. John Flynn)
Houston Ballet dancers Nao Kusuzaki and Aaron Sharratt. (Photo: St. John Flynn)

Since it debuted 27 years ago, the Houston Ballet’s annual staging of Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has been seen by more than a million people.

This year’s run, which began the day after Thanksgiving, goes through Dec. 28 at the Wortham Center’s Brown Theatre.

Houston ballet soloist Nao Kusuzaki and dancer Aaron Sharratt talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the joys and the challenges of having to dance 35 performances of the holiday classic.

More: Extended conversation withÂNao KusuzakiÂand Aaron Sharratt

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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