Who! How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Starts Seussentennial at Old Globe, Nov. 9

News   Who! How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Starts Seussentennial at Old Globe, Nov. 9 San Diego's Old Globe presents its annual holiday musical event, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! directed by Globe artistic director Jack O’Brien, Nov. 9-Dec. 31.

The sixth annual presentation with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin is set to open Nov. 13.

The beloved Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) holiday work set in Who-ville comes to life on stage and helps kicking off the "Seussentennial" celebration — commemorating what would have been Mr. Geisel’s 100th birthday on March 2, 2004.

4,000 free tickets will be made available to children in the community through a special ticket outreach program — with the help of underwritten by the San Diego Union-Tribune and Audrey Geisel and additional support from San Diego corporations.

The cast of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! includes a new Grinch David Brannen and returning favorites, original stars Melinda Gilb and Steve Gunderson as "Mama Who" and "J.P. Who" as well as Rusty Ross as "Young Max," Robert MacAulay as "Grandpa Seth Who and Eileen Bowman as "Grandma Who" reprising their roles.

Ken Page joins the Grinch cast as "Old Max," while "Cindy Lou Who" will be played by newcomers Shawn Sullivan and Natalie Verhulst, who will alternate in the role. David Cabinian ("Boo Who"), Nicholas Felizardo ("Danny Who"), Jennica Vargas ("Annie Who") and Alexa Haley Bergman and Mary Frances McClay ("Betty Who" on alternate performances), round out the Who family. The adult ensemble includes Alex Apostolidis, Danielle Forsgren, Phil Johnson, Warren G. Nolan, Jr., James Vasquez and Jessa Watson. The children’s ensemble features fourteen local children — rotating every third performance — including Corey Alexander Hable, Gina Holslag, Caroline Hyatt, Alejandra Jimenez, Steven Jones, Ari Lerner, Anita Deshea Lewis, Kelly McCarthy, Shanna McCue, Rebecca Lauren Myers, Joy Newbegin, Anna Strickland, Kathleen Sullivan and Charlotte Wen.

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Robert Morgan (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design) and John DeLuca (choreography).

Tickets for Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! at The Old Globe are available by calling (619) 234-5623. For more information, visit the theatre's website at www.theoldglobe.org.