Houston Ballet’s Lauren Anderson and Randy Herrera dance the leading roles in Ben Stevenson’s production of Don Quixote, a dazzling ballet set in a Spanish harbor town. Anderson makes her final appearance on The Pavilion stage as Kitri Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and lawn seating is free.
This ballet brings to life Cervantes’ classic novel as Don Quixote, the eccentric, wandering knight, danced by Gregg Garrett, searches to find his ideal woman, Dulcinea, while Kitri, the feisty village beauty, and Randy Herrera’s Basilio, the dashing young barber, battle against all odds and unite in true love with exciting dances and antics. The fancy footwork, authentic, Spanish-flavored dance, and comic interludes combined with Judanna Lynn’s lavish costumes and Thomas Boyd’s spectacular scenery make this a ballet to remember!
Principal Lauren Anderson takes her final bow on The Pavilion’s stage following the performance. Anderson is retiring after 23 years with Houston Ballet. She is a native Houstonian and trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of 7. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983, and in 1990, became the first African-American promoted to principal dancer.
Pre-concert activities in The Pavilion’s North Plaza include Woodlands Ballet Theatre performing excerpts from The Nutcracker on the side stage from 6:45-7:45 p.m., and Spanish-style fan making at The Pavilion Partners tent. Music scholar and college professor Ira J. Black leads a pre-show discussion that provides guests with insight into the evening’s performance from 7:15-7:45 p.m. Guests also can register-to-win Tommy Bahama’s “Best Seats in the House.” This prize package includes four VIP tickets, VIP parking and dinner for four catered by Tommy Bahama’s at an upcoming performing arts event at The Pavilion. Register at the white tent in the North Plaza before every performing arts event.
Reserved seating tickets for Houston Ballet’s Don Quixote are $20 and $15 for covered reserved seating and $10 for uncovered reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at The Pavilion Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on event days through intermission. The Ticket Office is located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive in The Woodlands. Tickets also are available at all TicketMaster outlets, by calling 713-629-3700 or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Free lawn seating for this performance is sponsored by BMW of Houston North, Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Mercedes-Benz of Houston North, Mr. and Mrs. George P. Mitchell and The Wortham Foundation. Picnics are welcome, however, beverages cannot be brought into The Pavilion.
Prepaid, preferred parking is available in the on-site Town Center Garage located off Six Pines Drive. Parking is $5 per vehicle for this and most performing arts events. Garage parking tickets can be purchased in advance at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pavilion Ticket Office.
For more information regarding upcoming events at The Pavilion, call 281-363-3300 or visit www.woodlandscenter.org.