Some families make it their holiday tradition to bake cookies together. Others have eggnog and sing carols while decorating the tree. But the Harris family of Burbank prefers dancing in "The Nutcracker" ballet with the Red Chair Production Company.
Michele and Dan Harris and their daughters, Haylee,13, and Lena, 10, have been participating in the annual holiday classic since the company began performing the show five years ago. This year, Mother and Father will be dignitaries in the party scene, and daughter Haylee will be portraying the maid. Daughter Lena has two roles in the ballet — a Russian candy cane in the Land of the Sweets and a soldier in the fight scene between the Nutcracker and the Mouse Queen.
"For us, it's creating a family tradition and memories being in involved in all the aspects of the show," Michele Harris said.
Along with performing in the ballet, Michele Harris has made costumes for the production, including sewing the bloomers for lead character Clara's 10 friends and creating the butler costume and one of the little boy's costumes. Four year ago she made the dress she wears in the party scene. She's also put together her husband's costume.