TAMPA – Most kids by the time they leave elementary school have been to see “The Nutcracker,” one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all.
But not a lot of them have actually performed it.
The students at Westchase Elementary School will get that chance when they put on “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. It will include the music and dance that so many have come to expect from the holiday classic.
Third-grader Kate Kramer has been taking ballet for five years and said the children are excited and that it is getting them into the holiday spirit. As the Sugar Plum Fairy, it is a big deal for her.
“I was trying out for a part in the chorus and I was kind of told that I would be doing some of the dances,’’ Kate said. “It’s exciting.’’
“That’s what happened with me,’’ Aidan Bai added. “They just told me I would dance and I figured, ‘Why not?’ This is going to be fun.’’
The “Nutcracker” isn’t the only way the Westchase students are getting into the spirit of the season. There also is a “Giving Tree’’ in the school’s front office where people can find ways to give to the less fortunate.