SAN DIEGO -- The Old Globe Theatre's major holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! , will be made financially accessible to all interested children in the local community, said Old Globe Managing Director Tom Hall.
"Ten percent of all the tickets to the show will be underwritten and provided free to deserving children throughout San Diego with the help of sponsoring organizations. All tickets sold to anyone under the age of 17 will be sold at half price. This initiative will also be sponsored by one or more of the generous corporations, foundations and or private parties in the community. We hope to create more opportunities, as the year of planning progresses, to make a positive impact on the entire community with programs such as this."
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! initially made its mark on the public consciousness with Dr. Seuss' classic book and later by the animated television special. The musical will be designed and built on-site in the shop at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park.
Directed by Jack O'Brien, the family show with book & lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, will open Nov. 22 and play through Jan 3.
The late Dr. Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel, lives in the San Diego area and was instrumental in assigning the Grinch rights to the Old Globe for its homegrown production. Call (619) 239-2255.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent