Pelham Mayor joins ‘Mother Ginger Club’

The Alabama Youth Ballet Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” marks the stage debut of Pelham Mayor Don Murphy, who will assume the role of Mother Ginger.

Murphy stepped away from his mayoral duties earlier this month to “get dolled up” for the part.

“I got my wig on and my face made up to take some pictures for advertising, but it may run folks off,” Murphy said. “I’m just going with the flow.”

Murphy has a small, but prominent role in the fairy tale ballet. As Mother Ginger, he will dance onto the Sugar Plum Fairy’s court, and open his vast skirt to reveal eight gingerbread children who will dance around him.

Murphy said the role only requires that he be “jolly and happy.”

“If I can make anybody laugh it’s well worth it,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll make some people happy right before Christmas.”

Murphy succeeds past Mother Gingers, which include former Mayor Bobby Hayes, Fire Chief Danny Endress and former Fire Chief Gary Waters. All are members of an exclusive group – The Mother Ginger Club.

Murphy will have the honor of casting next year’s Mother Ginger. He has some people in mind, but he isn’t ready to name names.

“The Nutcracker’s” showtimes are Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Pelham High School.

For tickets, visit the Web site www.grebeldance.com or call 602-5639.