Ky. sisters perform in Nashville Nutcracker

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Associated Press

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 9 at 5:01 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Two southern Kentucky sisters will be dancing onstage this month in Tennessee as they perform in "Nashville's Nutcracker" presented by the Nashville Ballet.

The Broekema sisters, 14-year-old Kasey and 12-year-old Gabi, will perform alongside professional dancers in the double-cast production that began Sunday and runs through Dec. 23. Kasey will play a bon bon and Clara while Gabi will play a party girl.

Although being chosen means lots of trips from their Bowling Green home to Nashville in order to rehearse, their father, Tim Broekema, told the Daily News (http://bit.ly/YKuEzD) that they are glad to do it.

"I'm just glad they both have a passion that they truly enjoy and a means to follow that passion," he said. "The thought of being onstage frightens me."

The sisters will appear in the Dec. 16 and Dec. 23 shows at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

The youth cast of 160 was selected from auditions at schools of dance throughout Tennessee, and the sisters attend the School of Nashville Ballet.

The girls, who were also in last year's performance, said they were anxious about going through the audition process and excited to find out they had made the cut.

"I really enjoy it even more than last year, and I was excited last year," Gabi said.

"I'm dancing not only for the audience, but also for the dancers onstage with me," Kasey said. "It turns into something magical."

They have spent weeks since being chosen for the show learning moves and rehearsing, and then last week, they began preparing for the move into the theater.

"This is what so many people aspire for," Kasey said. "The suspense is building."

Gabi said she was looking forward to the ice-skating scene in which her character appears.

"There's a bridge, and she's out there with her brother, mom and dad. She gets to have snowball fights with her brother," she said with a big smile. "A big bear comes across the bridge. It's so cute."

The show includes several backdrops featuring Nashville landmarks such as the Belle Meade Plantation, The Parthenon and the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897.

Kasey, who also played Clara last year, said she'll be able to savor the role this year.

"This time I want to take it in," she said.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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