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Pairing Literacy with Live Theatre

In honor of the Globe holiday favorite Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, over a thousand children every year from Title One Schools in San Diego County are invited to participate in the Grinch Initiatives, special programs designed to foster an appreciation of both literacy and live theatre and to enhance the theatre going experience of San Diego's students.

Grinch Matinees 

The Old Globe is delighted to provide student matinee performances of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, called Seussabrations. Free tickets are provided to children enrolled in Title One schools in San Diego County. Our goal is to make these tickets available to children who might not otherwise be able to attend.

The Old Globe provides preparation activities for all schools attending our free student matinees. Teachers attending Grinch performances with their classes participate in a unique professional development workshop at The Old Globe.  A study guide with lesson ideas tied to state curriculum standards is provided on this website. In addition, the Book Buddies program encourages children to pledge to read six books before seeing their performance of The Grinch as a way to cultivate a love of reading in students.

  • Free Tickets for Title One Schools 
    Applications for the program are now closed.
    For any additional questions, please email GlobeLearning@TheOldGlobe.org.

  • Subsidized Tickets for Grinch Matinees for Schools
    Title One schools can also purchase tickets at a discounted rate for select weekday morning Grinch matinees. For information, please contact Group Sales Manager Cristal Salow.

Sensory-Friendly Performances

For its sixth year, The Old Globe will offer a sensory-friendly performance of the holiday classic Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in December 2016.

Following in the footsteps of successful sensory-friendly performances of The Grinch and Into the Woods in seasons past, The Grinch will be performed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as other families with special needs that may appreciate the welcoming and supportive environment this performance provides.

What is a Sensory-Friendly Performance?

In order to help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for theatregoers with autism and other sensitivity issues, slight adjustments are made to the production including:

  • Fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience member
  • The lobby of the theatre will serve as a quiet area for children who need to leave their seat during the show.
  • On-site volunteer specialists will be on hand to assist families as they arrive at the Old Globe Theatre and throughout the performance.

An online social story will be available for parents to view and print at home that outlines in words and pictures the experience that families will have during their trip to see Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Families can make an appointment to “meet their seat” and familiarize themselves with Balboa Park and the Old Globe Theatre.