It takes a big personality to fill the skirt of Mother Ginger. A star of our annual production of The Nutcracker, Mother Ginger’s larger-than-life entrance with her brood of adorable clowns never fails to raise the roof off Northampton’s Academy of Music. This season’s lineup features a cast of local celebrities and community leaders sure to delight you with their own personal stamp.

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Thomas Vacanti (Sat 4:30), Co-Artistic Director of PVB and co-choreographer of The Nutcracker, makes a come-back as Mother Ginger this year. He loves to perform, so he might just steal the show!

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Aaron Vega (Fri 7:30) is a state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is a Holyoke resident in his second turn as the big-skirted lady.

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Jim Welch (Fri 4pm) is a State Senator who resides in West Springfield. Last seen in the local fundraiser, Dancing with the Stars, here’s a senator who likes to be in the spotlight.

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Karen Cadieux (Sat 1) is the current mayor of Easthampton. This is her first performance with the ballet.

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Monte Belmonte (Sun 1) is a local radio personality from 93.9 The River. Known for community involvement, Monte returns for his third season with PVB.

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Seth Stutman (Sun 4:30) is co-host, writer and segment producer of the MassAppeal lifestyle television programming at WWLP-22. He will bring his sparkling smile to brighten the role at the final performance.

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