Children believe in Santa Claus.
Niskayuna's Gabriella Fountain believes in Stella, the sassy little elf.
Fountain, 10, a fifth-grader at Rosendale Elementary School, will perform as Stella in "Kris Kringle The Musical" which plays Proctors Saturday and Sunday.
The show, which stars Eve Plumb -- known for her role as Jan in television's "Brady Bunch" shows -- will be presented at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The talkative, bubbly Fountain talked about the show last weekend, as she and her mother prepared to travel by train to Manhattan and a "Kringle" rehearsal.
"It's super, super fun and it's super exciting," she said during the phone interview. "I don't want to give too much away, but 'Kris Kringle' is about this awesome toy maker who would always love to work for Santa, but what he doesn't know is his family has a curse that could destroy Christmas."
Fountain's fans will see young elf Stella early in the show.
"I get to do a couple lines in the beginning of the play with Eve Plumb, which is super cool, and I get a part in the song called "Santa's Rulebook," which is really fun," she said.
The play has other local connections. Andrew Rask and Keith DuBois of Ballston Spa are also in the cast.
Maria Ciampi, author and producer of the Kringle show, said 20 children auditioned for roles in the Proctors production.
"The opportunity is quite huge for these local kids," Ciampi said. "They’ll be working alongside Eve Plumb in rehearsals and the performances. They also have the exciting opportunity to act on the MainStage at Proctors.
"We want the community celebrated in our show and feel like they are a part of it," Ciampi added. "We do cast locally in every city we perform in, our most recent was in New York City at The Town Hall."
Fountain's big break came last summer.
"I did a dance lab at Proctors over the summer and they sent an email to my mom saying there would be try-outs for three main little kids in the 'Kris Kringle' musical," she said. "I haven't ever really tried out for anything, so I thought it would be cool to try it, even if I just got part of the chorus or I didn't even make it, it was still really, really fun."
Fountain impressed the "Kringle" crew with her dancing, singing and acting. She got the part and has rehearsed twice in Manhattan. Rehearsals at Proctors have been held all week.
The Niskayuna elf does not expect she'll be nervous when the curtain rises. She has danced in competition before, as a member of the Dance Me studio, and is accustomed to judges.
In addition to dance, Fountain also spends time playing the upright bass and trumpet at Rosendale and spends more time with her Golden Retriever Goldilocks, Golden Doodle Jerry and cat Jack.
Jillian Fountain said her daughter has seen shows at Proctors and has always been interested in trying to find a way to the stage.
"We haven't let her try out for anything because she's been so little," Fountain said. "She just turned 10 this month ... it's been an amazing experience for her."
The new actress expects plenty of family and friends at Proctors this weekend, cheering for Stella the elf.
"It's been so fun," Fountain said of the experience. "It's like the best thing ever."