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Mother Ginger voting ends Nov 30

Just 10 days remain in our 2012 Mother Ginger contest. As we draw closer to announcing a winner, we hope you’ll enjoy these backstage moments from a few of last year’s Mother Gingers.

To see the 2012 nominees and vote, visit www.balletaustin.org/motherginger/.

The Other Nutcracker Cast

Every year over 150 Ballet Austin Academy students are cast in Ballet Austin’s production of The Nutcracker.

This year is no exception, with the total clocking in at 174. See if you can spot our…

2 Claras, 2 Fritzs, 11 party girls and 6 party boys:

Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker

8 rats and 24 mice:

40 bon bons and 20 Chinese

Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker

… and 61 angels!

Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year. Tickets available now.


My Nutcracker Moment

A few weeks ago, we premiered this video at Fete 2012 – our annual gala and biggest fundraiser of the year. Watch below to learn a little bit more about what The Nutcracker means to the Central Texas community.

For more information on how to make a difference with Ballet Austin, visit www.balletaustin.org/mygiftatwork.

Modern day “The Taming of the Shrew”

If you’re like me, it might just be possible that you never read The Taming of the Shrew in school. But never fear, we put together a handy reference guide to get you up to speed.

Meet Petruchio and Kate (the shrew) from the Ballet Austin version. Their relationship is a tad bit rocky at first…

Petruchio has promised to marry Kate, the shrew, and take her off her father’s hands. Would you take this woman? Let the taming begin.

Movies more your thing? Maybe you’ve seen one of these modern versions:

10 Things I Hate About You:

Based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this version takes place in a modern day high school. As for the unusual title? It’s taken from a poem Kat (Julia Stiles) writes to describe her relationship with (Patrick) Heath Ledger in the movie.

Kiss Me, Kate:

The 1948, Tony award-winning musical features music by Cole Porter and provides a whole different style to the story. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang.

Prefer the classics?

This 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew features Elizabeth Taylor as the Shrew and is not to be missed.

All images courtesy of IMDB.


Ballet Austin’s version of The Taming of the Shrew opens Oct 5-7 at the Long Center. Tickets still available.