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Mother Ginger Role Features Local Celebs
By Lance Johnson, Marketing Director

Bright blue eye shadow, rosy red blush, an 8 foot wide skirt and enough kids to form their own football team…..The role of Mother Ginger is a perennial favorite of Act II of The Nutcracker when she is wheeled out on stage in a larger than life 10 foot tall costume. After coming out on stage and waving to the audience, her 16 “bon-bon” children begin filing out of her skirt to perform their lively dance. The entire scene takes only a few minutes before mother and children’s time in the spotlight is over, but the sight of some of Austin’s most well known residents in make-up and a head dress makes for one of the more comical moments of the show.

Each year we invite a different personality to play the role. Names such as Michael Dell, Lance Armstrong and Ann Richards have donned the dress in years prior and the list continues to grow.

This year’s line up will be the first to perform the role in the new Long Center.


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