Pelham Police Chief to play Mother Ginger in ‘The Nutcracker’
Published 10:41 am Wednesday, October 21, 2015
By JESSA PEASE / Staff Writer
PELHAM— When Grebel Dance presents “The Nutcracker,” there’s a tradition in Pelham that one of the department heads always plays the part of Mother Ginger. So at the Pelham City Council meeting Oct. 19, the dance studio wigged its next performer: Pelham Police Chief Larry Palmer.
Palmer is the 11th department head in the city to play Mother Ginger, and he said he was approached a few weeks ago about the position.
“I could not say no,” he laughed. “I agreed to do it, and I’m just pleased to do it. It’s a chance for me to meet my community and get involved in my community.”
He also added that performing in the show is close to his heart. Palmer’s granddaughter is 8 years old, and she dances. So Palmer has attended many dance recitals, competitions and shows to see her.
“A smile came to my face when I learned I would be a part of that,” he said. “I’m just excited to participate and be a part of it.”
“The Nutcracker” is a two-act ballet centered on Clara and a toy nutcracker she receives for Christmas. They journey to the Land of Sweets ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Mother Ginger, a giant gingerbread house, dances onto the Sugar Plum Fairy’s court, opening her skirt to reveal little gingerbread children. Palmer said there will be eight to 10 girls who come dancing out from under the dress.
Despite attending multiple shows, Palmer said he has not seen “The Nutcracker” in its entirety, but he knows what his role of Mother Ginger will require. He said he is going to keep an open mind and make sure the girls aren’t disappointed in his role.
“I’ve got a great group of young ladies that are my saving grace,” he said.
“The Nutcracker” is usually performed at Pelham High School, but will be performed at Chelsea High School this year because of renovations to Pelham’s auditorium. The shows will be Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Grebeldance.com.