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Our visit with the Rockettes at the Christmas Spectacular

Rockettes Jennifer Clavin, left, and Kristin Jantzie with

Rockettes Jennifer Clavin, left, and Kristin Jantzie with Kidsday reporters from left, Michaela Daly Moira Brownyard and Mairead Reitzel at Radio City Music Hall. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas on a bright Monday in November when we were lucky enough to see the 2016 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rocketttes.

Before the show began, we waited eagerly for it to begin. As we waited, the live orchestra appeared from below the stage and played different Christmas tunes for the audience. Suddenly the Rockettes appeared, wearing reindeer costumes. They were dressed in brown velvet with sparkling vests complete with antlers on their hats that lit up. This was one of our favorite numbers. Even though it was one of our favorites, we loved them all. Some of our other favorites were the tourist scene, the soldier scene, the “Nutcracker” scene, and the nativity scene. The nativity scene was complete with live animals. This scene reenacted the birth of Jesus. We thought that this scene could help everyone remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The show was great! But when we got to go backstage for a tour and meet two of the Rockettes, Jennifer Clavin and Kristin Jantzie, it was amazing. Jennifer and Kristin showed us around. First we got to have our picture taken with the nativity scene camels, whose names were Ted, Aladdin, and Gabby. It was crazy to see the animals in a stage setting in New York City. Then the Rockettes showed us how all the different scenes are organized. Then they brought us onto the stage and showed us how the stage is numbered and how it rotates so that everything moves as precisely as can be. We saw where each Rockette stands and how the stage works. This was so cool. The coolness didn’t end there. We had the opportunity to interview the Rockettes who were so sweet and kind. In our interview, we learned that Rockettes have to be 18 years old, within a certain height range, and each Rockette’s kick has to be at her own eye level. Right before we started our interview, we learned some Rockette moves and had a kickline with them.

This was such a magical, fun, cool day in the Big Apple. We will remember this for a long, long time! The show runs through Jan. 2. For tickets, go online: or call 844-379-0370.


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