The Globe Theatre's traditional How the Grinch Stole Christmas, haunting San Diego every holiday season since 1998, finishes its annual run Dec. 31. Timothy Mason and Mel Marvin's musical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic children's book began performances Nov. 11.
Returning in his lead role as The Grinch is the Christmas-stealer himself, Guy Paul. Also reprising their roles are Rusty Ross (Young Max), Julian Gamble (Old Max), Melinda Gilb (Mama Who), Mary Frances McClay (Cindy Lou Who), Christopher Lange (Danny Who), Danny McCarthy (Boo Who), Eileen Bowman (Grandma Who) and Robert MacAuley (Grandpa Seth Who).
Also in the cast are Scott Dreier (J.P. Who), Charlotte Wen (Betty Who) and Melani Greenberg Glassman (Annie Who). Arianna Ayesha Asfar will share the role of Cindy Lou Who with McClay.
Seuss was the author of several children's books including "Hop on Pop," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," and "Horton Hears a Who." The Grinch, is one of Seuss' best known characters, not only from the book, but from an animated television special which is an annual holiday favorite and a 2000 live action movie starring Jim Carey as the Grinch.
As the company has done since 1999, the Old Globe made 4,000 tickets available for free to children throughout San Diego County as a gift from the San Diego Union-Tribune and Audrey Geisel, Dr. Seuss' widow. Also, all children, seventeen and under, are admitted for half price. The fantastical set and costumes are designed by John Lee Beatty and Robert Morgan. Pat Collins designed the lighting.
For tickets and information call (619) 239-2255 or visit www.oldglobe.org.
— By Christine Ehren