When 250 teen thespians took the Dell Hall stage to perform at the inaugural Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards, Ginger Morris wasn't standing in the aisle yelling, "Sing out, Louise!" The domineering pushiness that defines Gypsy's thorny Rose can't be found in this generous and sweet-tempered director/choreographer. What she does share with that mother of all stage mothers is an eye for young talent, and the passion and drive to develop it. Through her work in schools across the region, the musical theatre training programs she's established (Summer Stock Austin, which she started with Michael McKelvey 10 years ago, and her own Texas Arts Project), and the GAHSMTAs, which she organized and directed, Morris has helped hundreds of aspiring performers realize their dream in the spotlight and receive the applause they so richly deserve. With Mama Ginger backing these musical stars of tomorrow, everything is comin' up roses.
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