"It can be crazy, but it's worth it," she said. "I really like hearing how people like it. It's a good reward for all the people who do it."
Each of the young performers said the one thing that makes being in a production like The Nutcracker so worthwhile isn't something that's seen on stage - the friendships made between them.
"I've made a lot of new friends," Madison said as she sat with Eydon.
"You do get to meet a lot of nice people," said Eydon, who added the instructors are among the nice people who help them become better performers. "They've helped us come a long way and without them, we wouldn't be here," she said.
"Ballet is something that's amazing to watch. Especially, if it's a good show like ours," added Korinne, laughing.
The North Country Ballet Ensemble's performance of The Nutcracker began at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Hartman Theatre Nov. 27. Performances will continue Saturday, Nov. 28, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The final Plattsburgh show will be Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m.
The Nutcracker will also be performed at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.
For more information, including ticket prices, go on-line to www.balletplattsburgh.org or call 534-9334 or 523-2512.