ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Families enjoyed a Classic Christmas story ballet Friday night in downtown Albany.
The 'Nutcracker' opened at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
The fairy tale ballet centered on a classic Christmas story is one that brings an entire family out, and creates lasting memories.
"2002 I brought two of her older sisters to see the Nutcracker and everyone enjoyed it and she's in this one so I wanted to come again," said attendee Joyce Cresswell.
72-year-old Joyce Cresswell wouldn't miss her 9-year-old granddaughter Chloe's first ballet performance starring as a mouse.
Proudly pointing out her granddaughter's photo juxtaposed to other cast members.
The Ballet Theatre South President Zan Twiggs says the girls have been practicing since August.
"Did I speak with you on the phone," said Twiggs. "We're excited to be able to do that and start the Christmas season with a great show."
The ballet features a great cast of 61 dancers, with some coming from as far as Tallahassee.
These are the kind of family memories that Twiggs holds dear.
"They start as small children but they continue to come back every year and it's just part of Christmas and part of growing up," said Twiggs.
Cresswell is ready to find her seat, which happens to be a few rows from the stage.
Chloe certainly has fans, and her older sister may be the biggest.
"Chloe you're going to do great. I love you and you will be the best little performer out there," said attendee Madison Doyle.
Those are the kindest words a sister could share, and the reason why Cresswell is front in center, rooting for her granddaughter.
"This is a big night for them as well as all of us," said Cresswell.
This is a night that will bring families and the community together.
The Nutcracker runs through Sunday. Weekend showtimes are 2:30 at p.m. and tickets are $15.