Klein ISD Students featured in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s 21st annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’

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Photos courtesy of: Houston Repertoire Ballet | HRB Company Members Pictured are: From left to right: Merribelle Nguyen and Sofia Tocuyo

As a Texas Art Education Association District of Distinction, we are always proud to see our students excelling in their passion for fine arts. Klein ISD students have been cast in the Houston Repertoire Ballet’s 21st annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, featuring Jared Matthews (Estonia National Ballet) as the Cavalier, with the Cypress Philharmonic directed by Glynnes Lanthier. The Nutcracker performances are December 6, 7, and 8.

Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB) is Houston’s premier pre-professional ballet company. Founded by nationally-acclaimed teachers and choreographers Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome, HRB is celebrating its 24th anniversary season. For the last several years, HRB’s productions of The Nutcracker have sold out, prompting HRB to add additional performances.

The goal of HRB is to give young, talented, dedicated dancers the serious training needed for them to enter the professional world of dance, and many of them advance to professional ballet companies throughout the country. HRB graduates have danced with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, and other prestigious companies.

The following Klein ISD students are Houston Repertoire Ballet company members and will participate in this year’s The Nutcracker performance:

Merribelle Nguyen – Klein High School

Sofia Tocuyo – Kleb Intermediate School

In early fall, auditions were held at Ballet Center of Houston, the ballet school from which Houston Repertoire Ballet selects its dancers. The following Klein ISD elementary student has been cast in The Nutcracker as a party child:

Anicia Carpena – Metzler Elementary School

Tickets can be purchased at www.hrbdance.org or by calling 281-940-4721.




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