How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Timothy Mason and Mel Marvin's adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic children's book, will return to the Old Globe Theatre Nov. 21 for a two-week run. The musical premiered in 1998 and was hailed by critics all across southern California. Returning in his lead role as The Grinch is the Christmas-stealer himself, Guy Paul. Rusty Ross reprises as Young Max.
For the second year in a row, the San Diego Union has made a gift of $250,000 to the Old Globe, making the lavish production of the musical possible. The money will also be used to offer thousands of free tickets to non-profit organizations and disadvantaged children in San Diego.
Recently the Globe held a series of local auditions to cast roles for both children and adults alike. Through this process, the majority of actors cast in the show are from San Diego. Included in this group are Steve Gunderson, Melinda Gilb, Robert MacAuley and Leigh Scarritt, Alex Apostolidis, Eileen Bowman, Ryan Drummond and Joseph Molina, among others.
Grinch plays through Jan. 2, 2000, at the Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. For tickets and information call (619) 239- 2255 or visit www.oldglobe.org
. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent