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Helen Mirren is taking on Sweetums, y’all. It ain’t gonna be purty

I know what you’re thinking. This is the second day in a row blogging about Sweetums’ quirks, and you want to how I managed to reel in such an, er, interesting guy. But back off, ladies, he’s all mine.

Me and Sweetums, dressed as a nun for a production of “The Sound of Music.” (Photo by Cheryl Rowe)

Just last week, we posted some photos on Facebook of my 6-foot-7, gray-bearded Sweetums wearing a nun’s habit. He had a good reason, I swear, y’all … and it wasn’t to frighten grandmas and little children. He is marketing director of the Broadway Theatre League at the Civic Center and helped bring the spectacular “The Sound of Music” to Huntsville. He dressed as a nun to welcome people before each of the five performances.

Sweetums as Mother Ginger in “The Nutcracker.”

It was a proud moment for a wife. There are now hundreds of selfies floating around of random people with my husband in a habit. Like I said, back off, ladies.

Sweetums is very comfortable with his masculinity but I was beginning to see a pattern: About a year ago, he had been asked to play Mother Ginger in a performance of “The Nutcracker” by a local children’s dance theater group.

An example (NOT Sweetums) of a Mother Ginger in “The Nutcracker.”

For those unfamiliar with the story, Mother Ginger is “mother” to lots of gingerbread children, little dancers who emerge from beneath a massive skirt that, in his case, was made to look like a gingerbread house. Mother Ginger is also, traditionally, played by a man. Sweetums had to shave his beard, which he never does, and wear a hot-pink bouffant wig. It really turned out to be a good look for him.

While it doesn’t bother me to see Sweetums wearing dresses on a recurring basis, I came across something recently that may make him rethink his Mother Ginger role. Baby Girl posted a video of Disney’s live action film “The Nutcracker,” premiering in December and I noted that Mother Ginger is played by Dame Helen Mirren.

Helen Mirren as Mother Ginger in the upcoming Disney version of “The Nutcracker.”

I just love her sassy, sexy, 72-year-old self. But her Mother Ginger, it turns out, actually looks more like a redheaded Peter Pan, complete with wooden sword. Methinks Sweetums might be jealous. This kind of Mother Ginger will appeal to his inner pirate (trust me, he has one).

Maybe the local “Nutcracker” can change up the role this year because, really, who wouldn’t want to be like Helen Mirren? Even guys. Just sayin.’

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