Heartwarming Twist on the Beloved Holiday Classic 'The Nutcracker'

A ballet festival in Rhode Island featured a girl with Down syndrome in their production.
1:47 | 12/18/16

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Transcript for Heartwarming Twist on the Beloved Holiday Classic 'The Nutcracker'
Finally tonight, heartwarming doesn't begin to describe it. The new twist on a holiday classic. Here's David Wright. Reporter: As the curtain rises on tchaikovsky's Christmas classic, this production by the festival ballet of Rhode Island features something special. Let's do some makeup. Reporter: Among the mice and the little toy soldiers, the nutcracker and the snowflakes. You're a beautiful princess. Right, gabby? Reporter: 9-year-old Gabriella Sluter has a place, helped along by her friend, sami Shorr. We've become really good friends. Right, gabby? Reporter: 18-year-old Sean muldoon is in the cast, too. That's him, practicing with one of the principal dancers. He and gabby have down syndrome. He's a bit of a hambone. He loves to dance. He loves to be on stage. Reporter: They're star students in the company's adaptive dance program for kids with special needs. And tried out for "The nutcracker" this year like everyone else. The students in our production have taken them under their wings and it's special. It's a warm, it gives us a very warm feeling. Reporter: As the party scene begins, gabby is beaming. Good job. Reporter: Her mother, too. It's emotional, to be honest. When you have a child with special needs, you're very hopeful that she will be included and be a participant. Reporter: "The nutcracker" is all about a Christmas dream come true through the magic of ballet. Here, in a way tchaikovsky never imagined. David Wright, ABC news, new York. And tonight, we say bravo to gabby, Sean, and the entire nutcracker crew. "Gma" first thing in the morning. David Muir right back here tomorrow night.

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