Photo Flash: Children's Theatre Company Brings Back Dr. Seuss's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) announces the reprise of audience favorite Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas for the holidays, a production that has delighted since its world premiere at CTC in 1994. The Grinch was Dr. Seuss's first villain, and it is said that he appeared to the author as he looked in the mirror on December 26, 1956; what he saw in his grumpy countenance was the disdain for the commercialization of the holiday, a very "Grinchy" image, and that was how the Grinch was born. This piece is both a critique of commercialization and a celebration of community, and has become Dr. Seuss's most enduring piece.
The show will star Acting Company member Reed Sigmund (A Year With Frog and Toad, Cinderella, Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches, Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical) reprising his role as The Grinch, Acting Company member Dean Holt (Cinderella, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Reeling) as Old Max, Mabel Weismann (CTC, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theatre, Stages Theatre Company) as Cindy Lou Who and Natalie Tran (CTC, Guthrie Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Latt? Da) as Young Max. The production is directed by Peter C. Brosius with choreography by Linda Talcott Lee (Emmy Award-winning choreographer), Music Direction and Sound Design by Victor Zupanc (Ivey Award winner for CTC's Pinocchio), Scenic Design by Tom Butsch, Costume Design by David Mickelsen and Lighting Design by Nancy Schertler (Fool Moon, Broadway).
"CTC has long been attracted to the work of Dr. Seuss not only because of its brilliant imagery and delightful wordplay but also because of his timeless messages. His stories motivate us to be our best selves, to be generous, to be tolerant, and to celebrate the hugeness of the human heart," says Director Peter C. Brosius.
The production was commissioned, developed and premiered at CTC and has become an annual holiday tradition at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA. It was performed on Broadway in 2006 followed by multiple tours across the country. Children's Theatre Company is the only company granted permission to produce the work in Minnesota.
Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave-and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC's all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain-and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone's heart three sizes.
A CTC original production, Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas opens November 7, 2017 and runs through January 7, 2018 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Individual show tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at childrenstheatre.org or by calling the ticket office at 612.874.0400. This production is proudly sponsored by Delta Air Lines.
Children's Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation's largest and most acclaimed theatre for multigenerational audiences. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire nearly 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.
CTC's engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2-18 through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs that bring students to the theatre and bring teaching artists into the classroom. The ACT One program is CTC's comprehensive platform for access, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community. www.childrenstheatre.org
The Cast in How the Grinch Stole Christmas photo by Kaitlin Randolph
The Cast in How the Grinch Stole Christmas photo by Kaitlin Randolph1