Theater District Open House

Guest writer: Sarah Stern, marketing manager

You may think the artistic and administrative staff gets a break during the summer since we’re on performance hiatus from June-September. Unfortunately for us, this is not the case.  Here are a few things we’ve been working on in the office:

-The production department has had their hands full keeping up with the Academy’s multiple performances.  Everyday life at the studios has also been borderline chaotic since all studios are filled with students from the summer intensive.  There are two summer intensive performances today and tomorrow at San Jacinto Community College, and every time we perform in a new and different space, it produces some challenges for the production staff.
-The wardrobe department is in high gear building tutus and working with designer Kandis Cook on shopping for fabrics for Stanton Welch’s world premiere of Marie. They’re also building from scratch costumes for another world premiere of his, Medieval Babes, which will be performed in September.  All while they’re re-habbing some costumes from The Nutcracker to keep them fresh and in good repair.
-The development department is working away on The Nutcracker Market (the giant that never seems to sleep!)
-The academy staff, as you read from Lindsey’s blog, is working to pull off 4 successful performances this week to cap the summer intensive.  After these are over, they will take a much-deserved break before full-time students arrive back in August.

As for me, I’m busily preparing for this year’s Theater District Open House, which will be held on Sunday, August 24 from 12-5pm.  This event is a unique opportunity for patrons like you to go backstage in all of the theater district venues, meet the performers, watch free performances, and take advantage of some great ticket deals. Houston Ballet will be displaying costumes and props from the 2008-2009 season, and we will have costumed characters from The Nutcracker ready to take pictures with you.  HBII, our professional training company, will perform at noon in the Cullen Theater of Wortham Theater Center. The performance is free and seating is first come, first served.

So if you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday afternoon in downtown Houston, this event is great–free food, free entertainment, and a great way to get to know Houston Ballet a little better!


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