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SAN DIEGO (November 22, 2016)—The Old Globe has some great ideas to simplify your holiday shopping this year! Might we suggest tickets for the family to our 20th annual production of
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a San Diego multigenerational family tradition, which runs now through December 24. Or for the hard-to-please culture aficionado in the group, gift an assortment of theatre experiences with season tickets—or a gift certificate—to share great theatre year-round. The Old Globe subscription packages—a mix of four or six shows from our exciting upcoming season—offer world-class theatre at substantial savings, along with the peace of mind that comes with knowing seats are reserved—plus additional privileges and benefits!
Among the 10 wonderful productions available by subscription are Oscar Wilde’s sparkling comedy The Importance of Being Earnest; the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky’s translation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya; the world premiere of José Cruz González’s American Mariachi; the Globe-commissioned world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Wanderers; the moving A Thousand Splendid Suns; the West Coast premieres of Karen Zacarías’s Native Gardens and Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax; Neil Simon’s comedy classic Barefoot in the Park; and the Summer Shakespeare Festival productions of The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing!
For those who can’t get enough Dr. Seuss in their lives, head to the Globe’s Helen Edison Gift Shop and choose from a fabulous assortment of Seussian treasures to make your heart grow three sizes—and to solve all your shopping crises. For your favorite Grinch fan, there are Grinch, Max the Dog, and Cindy-Lou Who dolls of all shapes and sizes; Grinch adult onesies, sleep pants, boxer and shorts; Grinch and Cindy-Lou snow globes and statuettes; Grinch cocoa mugs; dozens of Christmas ornaments featuring The Grinch, Max, and the Whos; and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Broadway cast albums. There’s something to evoke the spirit of Grinchmas all year round! Stock up for next summer’s Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax with videos, dolls, and finger puppets. And find all things Seussian with Seussentennial T-shirts, Seuss puzzles, What Pet Should I Get? toddler plush sets, and shelves bursting with over 20 of Dr. Seuss’s beloved books. Plus Old Globe keepsakes, books, and souvenirs! The Gift Shop is only open during performances, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekends. (Items are not available on the Globe website.)
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Back for its 20th incredible year, the family favorite features the songs “Santa for a Day,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze),” the delightful carol from the popular animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Celebrate the holidays as the Old Globe Theatre is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
This year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! runs on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, through Sunday, December 24. The Grinch isdirected by James Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien with Additional Lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, Additional Music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca.
Edward Watts makes his Globe debut as The Grinch (Broadway’s Scandalous and Finian’s Rainbow; tours of The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables, and The Little Mermaid;PBS’s “Show Boat). Abigail Estrella alternates in the role of Cindy-Lou Who with Reese McCulloch, with both making their Globe debuts. Two-time San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award winner Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 15th appearance in The Grinch at the Globe. Dan DeLuca is making his Globe debut as Young Max (national tour of Disney’s Newsies).
Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Robert J. Townsend (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Larry Raben (Grandpa Who), Nancy Snow Carr (Grandma Who), Josette Candelaria and Viviana Peji (Annie Who), Taylor Coleman and Faith Nibbe (Betty-Lou Who), Charlie Garton and John Perry Wishchuk (Boo Who), and Giovanni Cozic and Levi Laddon (Danny Who). The ensemble comprises Gavin August, Emily Sade Bautista, Jacob Caltrider, Sadie Tess Coleman, Elisa Guerra, Kyrsten Hafso Koppman, Hayden Hartpence, Corey Jones, Breanna Laureti, Lindsay Mains, Lauen Livia Muehl, Kayla Pak, Daebreon Poiema, Claire Scheper, Edred Utomi, and Kelsey Venter, as well as James Vásquez (Swing).
This season’s production features Additional Choreography by Bob Richard, Musical Direction by Elan McMahan, and Restaged Choreography by James Vásquez. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design), Robert Morgan (Costume Design), Pat Collins (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Anita Ruth (Orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music), David Krane (Dance Music Arranger), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting), and Leila Knox (Production Stage Manager).
The Old Globe will once again offer a sensory-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. Following very successful performances the past five years, The Grinch will be performed for children 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. Slight adjustments will be made to the production including fewer loud noises and flashing lights that may be challenging for some audience members. Additional features will also help make the experience safer and more enjoyable for children with autism and other sensitivity issues, including an online social story available to view and print at home that will outline in words and pictures the experience of a visit to the Globe; a quiet area in the lobby of the theatre; and on-site volunteers to assist families as needed.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Audrey S. Geisel/The Dr. Seuss Fund at the San Diego Foundation, Terry Atkinson, Bank of America, and Random House Children’s Books. The Old Globe’s Grinch Children’s Initiatives, including Free Student Matinees, are supported in part by the California Arts Council, Elaine and Dave Darwin, Samuel I. and John Henry Fox Foundation, La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, Patrons of the Prado “Bucks for Buses” Program, and Arthur P. and Jeanette G. Pratt Memorial Fund, SDG&E, ViaSat, and Wells Fargo Foundation. The sensory-friendly performance of The Grinch is supported in part by Elaine and Dave Darwin. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.
TICKETS to Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances began November 4 and continue through December 24. Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under). Children under the age of three will be admitted to 11:00 a.m. performances only, which are open to all ages. At the 11:00 a.m. performances only, children under the age of two are free, but must occupy the same seat and sit on the lap of a parent or guardian in attendance. Regardless of age, each audience member, including babes in arms, must have a ticket to be admitted into the theatre.
Performance times: Regular performances: Tuesday – Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. The sensory-friendly performance is on Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m. (there is no 11:00 a.m. performance that day). See our website for full schedule.
LOCATION and PARKING INFORMATION: The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way. There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park. Guests may also be dropped off in front of the Mingei International Museum. The Balboa Park valet is also available during performances, located in front of the Japanese Friendship Garden. For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org. For directions and up-to-date information, please visit www.theoldglobe.org/plan-your-visit/directions--parking/detailed-directions.
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CALENDAR: Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/4–12/24), AXIS:Culture Shock’s The Nutcracker Sneak Peek (12/23), The Importance of Being Earnest (1/27/18–3/4), Uncle Vanya (2/10–3/11), AXIS: Give Love San Diego (2/10), American Mariachi (3/23–4/29), AXIS: American Mariachi event (3/31), The Wanderers (4/6–5/6), AXIS: Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (4/21), A Thousand Splendid Suns (5/12–6/17), Native Gardens (5/26–6/24), The Tempest (6/17–7/22), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax (7/2–8/12), Barefoot in the Park (7/28–8/26), Much Ado About Nothing (8/12–9/16), 2018 Globe Gala (9/22).
PHOTO EDITORS: Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.theoldglobe.org/press-room.
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Meteor Shower, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
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