Twenty students from the West Valley Special Education Center will perform the holiday favorite "The Nutcracker Suite," for their peers from two local public schools this week.
Students from Encino Elementary School and Valley Alternative Magnet School will travel to West Valley on Thursday and Friday to view the performances.
The performing students all suffer from mental retardation or severe emotional disabilities, making the production all the more impressive, said West Valley Principal Glynn Thompson.
"These students love to perform," Thompson said. "These are students who, on a regular campus, might be in gangs or in trouble. Here, they are the stars of the school."