Don Mattingly will wear a wig and a big dress in an Indiana performance of The Nutcracker tonight. He’s going to play a character named Mother Ginger, whose dress apparently hides multiple little kids, who come pouring out during the second act. *
The above link has all the details from the Evansville Courier & Press, including the somewhat awkward suggestion from the Evansville Ballet’s artistic director, who had vaguely mentioned the idea to Mattingly’s wife, who’s also performing.
“I’ve been around athletes my whole life,” Mattingly said. “I look at all these dancers as basically athletes in a very disciplined art form. I really have enjoyed it.”
*As you might guess, I’m basing the details of the performance entirely on what I’ve read. I’m not exactly a ballet expert. Or a ballet anything for that matter.