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Benedum filled for Rockette special performance

| Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009

The Benedum was filled to the chandeliers on Wednesday as more than 2,000 legs of all ages came ready to Rockette for a special performance of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to benefit Child Watch of Pittsburgh.

Upon arrival, a vast majority of us were immediately entertaining ideas on how to snag a coveted spot on the line, including mental and physical preparations.

"I have to go out and stretch," joked CW director Christopher Smith .

Pre-show, VIPs uncorked the bubbly during special receptions taking place in varying parts of the theater. Not surprisingly, most of the conversation swirled around rumors that 1) the gals have to have their gams packed with ice following every show and 2) the first requirement is that you be between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, a fact that proved to be quite the show stopper for those of us who are cursed with being vertically challenged at a lackluster 5 feet 4 inches tall. So much for those leggy career aspirations!

Lights dimmed, two kicks into Scene 1, and those lovely ladies had us hooked, putting on an abfab show that inspired us to go out and kick things up a notch.

"We should take tap lessons," laughed Christina Scalese .

We spotted board prexy Judy Horgan; Susan Crookston; Bob Oeler; Jim Carroll; Ray Stoner; Jackie Dixon; Gerry Collier; Tiger Batlas; Richard and Virginia Fischer ; and Susan Kaminski .

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