Mother Ginger Contest


Every year as our annual production of The Nutcracker approaches, Ballet Austin is always abuzz with who will be cast as Clara, the Snow Queen, Cavalier, and the Sugar Plum Fairy among others. But one particular character that always attracts wide attention throughout Austin is that of the beloved Mother Ginger.

In the spirit of keeping Ballet Austin’s production of The Nutcracker unique to Austin, the Mother Ginger role has historically been filled with local Austin ‘celebrities’. We have been fortunate to have such guests as the late Governor Ann Richards, Lance Armstrong, Luci Baines Johnson, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Michael Dell, Joe Sears, Kinky Friedman, Maestro Peter Bay, and many more. All have sat atop the 8-foot high dress and sported the entertainingly oversized costume, complete with a showy head dress and extravagant make-up.

But this year, we’ve decided to make our production of The Nutcracker a little more special by introducing a contest to ‘fill the dress’! We’ve decided to ask YOU to nominate your favorite Austinite via an online contest that will recognize an outstanding community leader by awarding them the role of a lifetime.

We are looking for the most respected, adored, influential, caring and/or generous community leader in the city to play the role of Mother Ginger for the closing performance of The Nutcracker on December 23!

Know someone who deserves recognition? Visit before November 1 to nominate them today!

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