'The Nutcracker' enchants viewers (video)

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Dec. 6, 2012 at 6:06 a.m.
Updated Dec. 7, 2012 at 6:07 a.m.

The cheers of Crossroads elementary school students in the Leo J. Welder Center died down as the curtain lifted Thursday morning, unveiling the magical world of one of the season's most cherished Christmas stories - "The Nutcracker."

For many, the ballet is a favorite pastime, but for these young minds, the first time left a definite impact.

"You're our first audience," said Brenda Tally, Victoria Ballet Theatre's artistic director. The announcement led to more cheers.

Kimmy Roll, a 9-year-old DeLeon Elementary School student, was most excited about seeing the sugar plum fairy. After all, she read about her in class.

But once Uncle Drosselmeyer dazzled the audience with his magic, she was hooked, "ahhing" at the fire that exploded from his hands.

"I really like it; it was so exciting," Kimmy said during intermission, as several of her friends buzzed about what they liked.

"I liked the first part of it," one girl chimed in.

"Well, I liked the second part," Kimmy said.

"The second part hasn't started yet," a male student and friend intruded. "I liked the snowflakes."

Cally Fromme, waited anxiously to see her daughter, Karoline Fromme, 11, hit the stage as a first-year company dance student.

This year, she was a party girl.

Karoline left rehearsal Wednesday night tired, but woke up with a different attitude, her mom said.

"She said, 'Mom, I'm excited,'" Fromme said of her daughter's excited anticipation to hit the stage.

For the first performance, Fromme was more than satisfied. The electricity she felt from the children before the curtain rose let her know what her daughter and the many other hard-working dancers were feeling backstage.

"They have to be pumped up," she said, smiling.



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