Photo Flash: Meet the 2013 Company of The Old Globe's THE GRINCH - Steve Blanchard, Taylor Coleman, Gabriella Dimmick and More!
The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's 16th annual production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The holiday musical will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Nov. 16 - Dec. 28. Previews run from Nov. 16 - Nov. 20. Opening night is Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m. Meet the cast in the photos below!
The Grinch is directed byJames Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!was conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien with Additional Lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, Additional Music by Albert Hague and original choreography byJohn DeLuca.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 16th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs "Santa for a Day," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze)," the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
Steve Blanchard returns to his role as The Grinch for his third consecutive season. Blanchard has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, The Three Musketeers and A Christmas Carol and was seen in the Off Broadway productions of Orphan Train, Johnny Guitar, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Moby Dick and An Oak Tree.
Alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou Who and making their Globe debuts are Taylor Coleman of Carmel Valley and Gabriella Dimmick of La Mesa. Coleman has trained with San Diego's Royal Dance Academy, performing numerous times at Mandeville Auditorium, and recently appeared in a production of Rainbow Fish. Dimmick was most recently seen in San Diego Musical Theatre's production of The Sound of Music at Birch North Park Theatre and has performed for several years with The California Ballet Company.
Three-time San Diego Critics Circle Award winner Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 11th appearance in The Grinch at the Globe. His Off Broadway credits include Suds: The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera, Forever Plaid, Back to Bacharach and David, Butley and Street Scene. Playing Young Max is Jeffrey Schecter, who previously appeared at the Globe in the world premiere musical Robin and the 7 Hoods. His extensive Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line and The Pajama Game among others.
Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Geno Carr (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Victor Morris (Grandpa Who), Eileen Bowman (Grandma Who), Isabelle Simone Pizzurro and Kaitlyn O'Leary (Annie Who), Caitlin McAuliffe and Remy Margaret Corbin (Betty-Lou Who), Brandon Saldivarand Imahni King-Murillo (Boo Who) and Luke Babbitt and Dylan Nalbandian (Danny Who) with Jacob Caltrider, Megan Carmitchel, Nancy Snow Carr,David Coffey, Kevin Davison, Sophia Dimmick, Randall Dodge, Krysten Hafso-Koppman, Brooke Henderson, Katelyn Katz, Hourie Klijian, Gabi Leibowitz, Nathan Riley, Kendall Skye, Isabella Walther-Meade and Elliot Weaver (Ensemble).
This season's production features Musical Direction by Elan McMahan, Additional Choreography by Bob Richard and Restaged Choreography by James Vásquez. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Robert Morgan (Costume Design), Pat Collins (Lighting Design),Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Anita Ruth (Orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music), David Krane (Dance Music Arranger), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).
TICKETS to Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on Nov. 16 and continue through Dec. 28. Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under). Performance times: Previews: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday - Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The autism-friendly performance is on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. (there are no 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. performances that day). Additional performances: Friday, Nov. 29 at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (there is no 7:00 p.m. performance that day) and Friday, Dec. 27 at 2:00 p.m. There is no 11:00 a.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 28. There are no performances on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 6 and Christmas (Dec. 25).
Photo Credit: Jim Cox
Steve Blanchard stars as The Grinch
The cast of the 2013 production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: (from left) Jeffrey Schecter, Eileen Bowman, Geno Carr, Gabriella Dimmick, Steve Blanchard, Taylor Coleman, Victor Morris, Bets Malone and Steve Gunderson.
Taylor Coleman and Gabriella Dimmick star as Cindy-Lou Who
Taylor Coleman stars as Cindy-Lou Who
Gabriella Dimmick stars as Cindy-Lou Who
Steve Gunderson appears as Old Max
Jeffrey Schecter appears as Young Max