18 Ladies Dancing

By Katie Gutierrez
In Culture, Feature

 

The holiday season kicks off strong this year at Peabody Opera House, with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, Nov. 7-18. Originally known as the “Missouri Rockets,” the world-famous precision dance company actually began here in St. Louis in 1925. It wasn’t long before a talent scout discovered the Rockets and whisked them away to Radio City Music Hall, where they gained enormous popularity and have remained ever since. Here are a few other little-known facts behind the show.

30,000

Red dots used each season to brighten the cheeks of the Rockettes during the “Rag Doll” and “Wooden Soldier” scenes.

340

Bales of hay eaten by animals in the “Living Nativity” scene over the course of the season.

1,200

Shoes worn by the Rockettes, the chorus and Santa during each performance.

1,300

The number of costumes used in one 90-minute performance.

2 million

Number of people who see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular each year.

300

Kicks the Rockettes perform per show.

3,000

Women who have performed as Rockettes since 1925.

3,000

The number of Swarovski crystals each Rockette costume is crystallized with in the finale, “Let Christmas Shine.”

14

Miles the double-decker bus from the “New York Christmas” scene will travel during the show’s three-week run.

78

Number of seconds the quickest costume change can take.

 

3004_1081.jpgThe Rockettes

 

Photo credit: Courtesy of Peabody Opera House

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