Stevan Grebel’s THE NUTCRACKER 2013
December 14 @ 7pm & December 15 @ 3pm
Pelham High School Theatre.
General Reserved $10
Orchestra Reserved $15
Stevan Grebel first presented his version of The Nutcracker in 1970 at Boutwell Auditorium, then from 1973 – 1982 at the BJCC with the Alabama Symphony. He continues this tradition for all of Shelby County with annual performances at Pelham High School.
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.