|Published:||Nov 11, 2010 12:50 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 11, 2010 9:51 AM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the first time, the Rockettes will perform in Fort Myers. It's opening night for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. There are 38 performances but before the first kick, WINK News Anchor Lindsay Liepman got to see what it takes to put on the show.
"When the curtain comes up, just goose bumps travel all over our bodies," said Rockette Addie Hoobler.
"We can always hear the little kids outside waiting in their seat, anxious to see Santa Claus. It's an amazing feeling," said Rockette Kari Gregg.
"It'll bring Christmas cheer to your entire family," said Rockette Margaret McPherson.
For more than 75 years the world famous Radio City Rockettes have enchanted audiences.
Now, the cast and crew of nearly 100 people deliver New York City to Southwest Florida.
"We're really bringing Christmas to a warm state which is a lot of fun," said Hoobler.
A lot of fun, but a lot of hard work.
"We rehearse 6 days a week for about 10 hours a day," said Hoobler.
"We change into 7 different costumes," said Gregg.
"You're right next to your friends and you're kicking together," said McPherson.
Addie, Margaret and Keri are among the 18 Rockettes that take the stage by storm.
Kicking, leaping and falling into treasured holiday memories for millions.
They gave Lindsay a first look at the Rockettes fashion and she tried her hat at those famous kicks.
Lindsay found out, the secret weapon behind these brilliant beauties is Stepanie Pocock.
The wardrobe supervisor for 12 years.
"Essentially I'm in charge of everything you see here," said Pocock in the backstage dressing room.
They're as coreographed back stage and they are on stage!
"They essentially have time to come off stage, they come and they line up along these chairs, the next costume is laid out. It's being zipped up, change their hats and there you go," said Pocock.
Stephanie and her crew come in an hour before every show. Touching up shoes and making sure every bell, feather and crystal is in place.
"To have something that is so classic so original and the magic is just in the labor and the way the girls where them on stage," said Pocock.
Check out www.bbmannpah.com for more information and to purchase tickets. The show runs until November 28th. There are also coupons available for kids.
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