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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a holiday tradition for a lot of people. Today the Louisville Ballet opens its production of the Nutcracker. The music, the story and of the dancing.
We get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to pull off 14 performances of the holiday classic. To pull the show off, it takes a village.
"We have 100 children over two casts so we have 50 children in one cast 50 in another and they'll split the 14 performances that we have," said Cara Hicks, Louisville Ballet.
Or make that an Army.
"And then we have 37 company dancers, dancing 88 roles," said Hicks.
Brandon Ragland, a Louisville Ballet dancer, said "I will play the Sugar Plum Cavalier, I will play Arabian and also Spanish."
Tara Simonchic has one of the most physically demanding jobs in the whole show and she's not even on the stage. She's guest conducting a full Louisville Orchestra.
Simonchic said, "You're constantly assessing their movements and how it fits with the music and you have to time certain jumps and certain ya know movements with certain exposed parts of the music and the audience knows if it doesn't match up."
But when it all comes together, it's magical.
"There's just so much color and life and beauty to it I've seen it several times and there's a different part in every production that I see and I just get goosebumps," said Simonchic.