The Nutcracker, a family tradition

Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 03:21 PM.

During crunch time, getting to opening night is a group effort.

"We're like a family," Poppell said.

From moving props and sets, to helping with hair and make-up, even getting on stage — parents, teachers and students go above and beyond to make the production a success.

"A lot of the dads are in the party scene, where they get to dance with their daughters," Poppell said. "It's very moving to watch."

Kevin MacDonald, a dancer dad, has been a part of "The Nutcracker" family for nine years, watching his daughter Cassidy in the annual production since she was four. While he's happy to help move equipment and sets, he chooses to watch the fun from the audience.

"I could never do that. I don't do well in tights," he joked. "Instead, I enjoy watching her on the stage. It means a lot to the family."

While the story of "The Nutcracker" is certainly not new, the production has seen a few tweaks and changes over the years. Little details such as different costumes and sets help give the ballet a fresh look each year.

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