Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre Launches Contest for
"Mother Ginger" Role
Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre
3554 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Copyright © 2008 - 2012 Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre
LIZA MATA, Artistic Director
As Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre brings the 7th Annual Production of The Nutcracker to the Grand Strand, the community is asked to vote for their choice of the finalist who will be "cast" in the popular role of Mother Ginger in the production's final performance on December 9.

This year's contest winner will join the Mother Ginger 2012 several of the Strand's television personalities who will take part in this year's production: at this time, Ed Piotrowski of WPDE Channel 15 and Bob Juback and Libba Holland of WBTW Channel 13 have agreed to participate. Voting will take place on Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre's website.

The Mother Ginger role is anticipated to become part of Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre's annual Nutcracker production. The role is a non-speaking/non-dancing part involving a colorful head dress, elaborate make-up and an appearance on stage for a 3 minute "performance." The role will have "Mother Ginger" sitting high atop an outrageously oversized costume, from which brightly-colored "Bon-Bon" children will emerge and dance during the second act. No dancing, acting, or speaking skills required for the "Mother Ginger" role.

Nominations for "The Grand Strand's Mother Ginger Contest" can be submitted starting now at
www.coastal (or by email, see below) and will be due before midnight of November 2. Finalists will be announced Monday, November 5, and public voting will immediately begin. Voting will end on November 30 and a winner will be announced on November 30th.

Participants may nominate themselves or others. Nominees' names/photos/brief bios will be placed on a webpage ballot for voting. The public may vote once a day during the voting period. Candidates must be available on the day of the 4:00pm performance on December 9. If a chosen finalist cannot appear, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre will default to the next most popular candidate. Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre reserves the right to decline to accept a nominee for any reason.

The winning candidate will appear on stage for the 4:00 pm December 9 performance of The Nutcracker. The selected Mother Ginger will also win 8 tickets for the performance, access to a VIP dressing room prior to the performance, a discount for all other friends and family, including a souvenir photo and video of himself / herself in costume. The experience for CYBT's Mother Ginger will be one memorable experience to remember.

How to Nominate:
Submit a nominee for consideration at or send the following information to

1. Name of Nominee
2. Community involvement: List the organization(s) with which the nominee is involved
3. Photo of nominee

Also, to be used ONLY to contact the nominees or winner
(Not for publication or commercial use):

1. Email of nominee
2. Phone # of nominee
3. Name of person nominating
4. Email of person nominating
5. Relation to nominee
WHAT: Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre is launching
"The Grand Strand's Mother Ginger Contest" for "The Nutcracker"

Accepting Nominations: From now until midnight of October 29th.
Voting Period: November 5 - 30, 2012.
Announcement of the winner: December 1st .

WHEN: Performance Date: December 9 at 4 pm
WHERE: Performance Venue is the Myrtle Beach Community Church Auditorium