Mother Ginger Club
Chief Ray is also
responsible for building
our new and beautiful
cannon last year!
Thank you Chief Ray!
2005 Bobby Hayes
2006 Gary Waters
2007 Daniel Endress
2008 Don Murphy
2009 DeWitt Marcrum
2010 Billy Crandall
2011 Danny Ray
2012 Tommy Thomas
2013 Ron Scott
2014 Maurice Mercer
|Mayor Bobby Hayes - 2005
|Fire Chief Danny Endress - 2007
|Fire Marshall Dewitt Marcrum - 2009
|Thank you, all!
Parents, Students, Staff and everyone at Grebel Dance and
The Alabama Youth Ballet Company
The Mother Ginger Costume
For those who don't know who Mere Gigogne is, she was an identifiable line of bonbons that sold in St. Petersburg in 1890. The tin box was
in the shape of a woman in a LARGE panniered skirt. The box opened at the bottom of the panniers, and all the little bonbons were inside.
The first time Petipa used her, she was in his restaging of the old ballet "Le Diable à Quatre", which he called "The Wilful Wife". The part was
mimed by a stout old comedian named Yakovlev. She was such a hit, Petipa wrote her into the libretto for Nutcracker.
The character of Mere Gigone itself originates from French puppet comedy in the 17th century as a woman always fighting with her multiple
children who- indeed- at times come to hide under her large skirt.
The Mother Ginger Club met at Pelham City Hall, Council Chambers at
7pm Monday, October 19 for the traditional "passing of the wig". Last
year's Mother Ginger, Ron Scott and the little Polichinelles walked down
the aisle and surprised us all when the wig was handed to Police Chief
Larry Palmer. Other Mother Gingers were there including Mayor Gary
Waters #2, Danny Endress #3, Chief Danny Ray #7, Ron Scott #9,
Maurice Mercer #10