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SACRAMENTO - More than 500 local kids are part of the cast of the Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker.

They rotate so each show generally includes 160 kids.

Artistic director Ron Cunningham has run the Nutcracker for 26 years and says while the talented professional dancers are amazing, working with the kids keeps him young and is his favorite part of the show.

News10's Melissa Crowley was allowed backstage for the Sunday matinee and kids told her they love the chance to make friends and be on stage.

Some, like Chandler in his 10th season,have been in the production for years.

The final show of the 2013 season is Monday afternoon.