(KMOV)-- A performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, turned into the surprise of a lifetime for a woman from Waterloo, Illinois.
Bethany Prange attended the St. Louis’ Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center Sunday afternoon. While Prange and her friends were sitting inside the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus’ theater, her boyfriend, Kevin Booher, was waiting in the lobby.
But he could not be seen by anyone. Booher was crouched inside a box, located next to a Christmas tree.
“I have the box so it will actually flip down when she takes the cap off,” Booher said.
At that moment, Booher said, he would propose to his girlfriend.
When the show ended, the cast of The Nutcracker escorted Prange to the lobby. When she lifted the lid from the gift-wrapped box, Booher appeared.
“Would you be my wife?” he asked.
Prange burst into tears.
“Yes!” she said.
Booher said he couldn’t think of a more perfect place to pop the question.
"Oh well, she's big into drama. Her favorite TV show is 'Glee.’ So I wanted to do something dramatic for her,” he said.
Booher created some drama of his own. Minutes before Prange was scheduled to appear in the lobby, he remembered he left the engagement ring in his car. He returned to the building with moments to spare.
Prange said she was caught off guard by the timing of the proposal.
“You told me this summer,” she said, teasing Booher. “You lied!”