Written by: Kyle Beasley
Through the combined efforts of dancers from Alisa’s Dance Academy, the Westlake Orchestra members, the Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew, Westlake digital art students, and numerous parents, the Nutcracker spectacular was a major success for the 14th year in a row! There is no other show in the world that can blend the quality music, stunning digital scenery, elegant dancing, sophisticated lighting, and incredible scenery the way the Nutcracker Spectacular does. Every year, this unique event unites the Westlake Community and ignites the holiday spirit.
Eight years ago, the students of the Westlake Technical Entertainment Crew decided that the Nutcracker shouldn’t just be a great show: it should be a part of a great cause. That’s when, with the support of Lexus of Austin, TEC students began to sponsor a Make-A-Wish kid every year during Nutcracker. This year’s Make-A-Wish child was Lucas. Lucas was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect as an infant. Now six years old, Lucas overcomes his circumstances with joy. He is a ball of energy, jumping, kicking and running through his days. He enjoys climbing trees, riding his bike, and playing racing games. Because of the support of Westlake TEC, Lucas was able to live his dream of meeting Mickey Mouse at Disney World and playing on Coco Beach. Although he is back home now, he will cherish those memories forever.