‘A holiday tradition’: “The Nutcracker” opens at Zanesville auditorium

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Dancers took the stage at Secrest Auditorium to perform a holiday classic.

It’s the story of a girl, a rat king and a nutcracker. One performer, Michele Nordine says it’s the perfect way to start the holiday season.

“It’s a classic it’s about a little girl named Clara and a gift she gets at Christmas,” she said. “The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and so — having that holiday tradition — just start it this year”

The Nordine family are just some of the many performers who start practices in September to put on the show. They say the hours spent are well worth it.

Michele says to perform on stage has been a dream come true.

“I’m 50 and this is a bucket list item for me to be in the part as an adult. I’ve always wanted to be in the Nutcracker. Our daughter is in it and and we just — we loved the dance company that puts this on and — it just means everything.”

Her husband Nathan says although he hesitated on joining in, he doesn’t regret performing in the show.

“And for me — I never wanted to do this (laughter) but she signed me up. But the great thing about it is once you get involved and become a part of the crowd — you can’t help but get excited about christmastime. I mean — I’m all in now even though she had to drag me here.”

Even WHIZ Chief Meteoroligist Phil Sakal took the stage in the show.

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