The Smith family, of Murray, is preparing for a ravenous horde on Thanksgiving day.
Daughter Lindsey and several other tall, reed-thin Radio City Rockettes will arrive, bringing their deceptively large appetites.
"This is my favorite time of year," said Lindsey Smith, 26, now in her second year with the Rockettes touring show, which comes to Utah for the first time next week. It's a high-kicking precision dance team that performs holiday-themed scenes, in lavish costumes, before complex sets.
The touring show is based on shows by the home troupe, which has performed at New York City's Radio City Musical Hall for most of its 77-year history.
"I take care of myself all year long, exercising and eating right, but the Rockettes show is such intense exercise, we can eat whatever we want," Smith said. "It doesn't matter. We have a lot of pizza delivered after shows."
Smith could navigate her company's tour bus to the Maverik Center, if necessary. She made her childhood stage debut just across the street, at the Hale Centre Theatre.
Josh Richardson, a Farmington actor and director, recalls working with Smith in a 2007 Hale production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
"In addition to being incredibly talented as a dancer and performer, she is also a super-fun person to be around offstage," Richardson said. "I loved doing a show with her, and not just because of those incredible legs. The Rockettes are lucky to have her."
Ogden native Shannon Musgrave, a graduate of Weber State University's musical theater program, danced with Smith in a 2005 Hale production of "42nd Street" and again in last spring's Pioneer Memorial Theatre production of the same show.
"She's obviously very talented, an incredible dancer, but what I love most about her is how real she is," Musgrave said. "She's funny, she says what she thinks, she's grounded. ... She's goofy and loud and funny. She's a blast to work with."
Smith and her 19-member troupe will perform eight shows in four days at the Maverik Center, starting a week from tonight.
Smith graduated as a modern-dance major at the University of Utah, but wasn't prepared for the rigors of the Rockettes.
"It's the most challenging thing," she said. "When you see the Rockettes perform, it looks absolutely effortless, and that's such a lie," she said, with a laugh. "It's some of the hardest, most physically demanding work I have done as a dancer. The fact that we can pull it off, and make you think doing 300 eye-high kicks a show is easy, is amazing. We are serious athletes. It's like doing the Olympics for an hour and a half, all the time. It's so rewarding to be part of it. I wouldn't trade it for the world."
Rehearsals start a month before opening night.
"It whips you into shape, and you and 18 women like you learn to breathe together and become one dancer," said Smith, who, at 5 feet 8 inches, falls in the middle of the dancer height requirements -- 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 10 1/2 inches.
Audience members go home dazzled by the spectacle, and the dancers return to their hotel for a post-performance ritual.
"We take ice baths after every show," Smith said. "It's so grueling, I don't know if we would be able to kick the next day if we didn't. A few of us who are closer have ice-bath parties, and everybody takes a turn to soak for 10 minutes. Then we split a pizza, usually pepperoni or sausage."
The bigger picture
Smith said she's happy she learned her art in Utah.
"There's so much talent, it's phenomenal," she said. "The access to arts and training is astounding. It didn't dawn on me that a world existed outside Utah."
A two-year stint playing "Beauty and the Beast's" Belle at Disney World showed her a larger world, and the Rockettes showed her how far her skills might take her.
"I'm with such an incredibly talented, hard-working group of people, my eyes are open to many things I didn't think I could do," Smith said. "I'm a diverse dancer, and I can do anything you throw at me.
"In January I am going to move to New York and start auditioning for Broadway. I never thought I could have the guts, but this group of people lifts you up. This experience changed the way I see dance, and myself in the world of dance. Any dream you have, you can attain it if you put your mind to it. I feel like I can do anything. Success is not a path you follow, it's a trail you blaze."