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COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE OLD GLOBE'S 15TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF
DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!


The Globe will present an Autism-Friendly Performance
on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

The Old Globe's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
will take place on Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 2, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s 15th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  The holiday musical will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Nov. 17 – Dec. 29.  Previews run from Nov. 17 – Nov. 23.  Opening night is Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m.  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.  Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under).  Performances are restricted to children 3 years and up except for the 11:00 a.m. performances for which tickets can be purchased for children of all ages.  Everyone must have a ticket.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office. 

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.  Back for its 15th 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.

“No Old Globe tradition is more beloved than our annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” said Managing Director Michael G. Murphy.  “This season’s 15th Anniversary production is a milestone that would not have been possible without the support of Audrey Geisel, a champion of the arts in San Diego.  Thanks to Theodor Geisel’s creativity and Audrey’s vision and friendship, tens of thousands of children have been introduced to the magic of live theatre through The Grinch.”

As previously announced, Steve Blanchard reprises his role as The Grinch, which he played last year in his Globe debut.  Blanchard has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, The Three Musketeers and A Christmas Carol and can be heard on the original recordings of Johnny Guitar, Sundown, Frankenstein and Northbound Train

Alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou Who are Caitlin McAuliffe of Poway and Lilith Freund of University City.  McAuliffe played Cindy-Lou Who in last year’s production, and she has performed locally at Moonlight Amphitheatre, Starlight Musical Theatre and Birch North Park Theatre.  Freund has appeared in numerous productions of The Nutcracker in San Diego and on the television show “I Kid with Brad Garrett.”  

Local favorite Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 10th appearance in The Grinch at the Globe.  His Off Broadway credits include Suds: The Rocking ‘60s Musical Soap Opera, Forever Plaid, Back to Bacharach and David, Butley and Street Scene.  Jason Edward Cook plays Young Max, following his recent appearances in With Glee Off Broadway, Big River at PlayMakers Repertory Company and Academy at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Geno Carr (Papa Who), Kelsey Venter (Mama Who), Phil Johnson (Grandpa Who), Amanda Naughton (Grandma Who), Annie Buckley and Kaitlyn O’Leary (Annie Who), Sydney Rose Horowitz and Madison Pyle (Betty-Lou Who), Dylan Nalbandian and Jordi Bertran (Boo Who) and Aaron Acosta and Liam James Brandt (Danny Who) with Luke Babbitt, Ava Marie Bunn, Jacob Caltrider, Nancy Snow Carr, Kevin Davison, Sophia Dimmick, Randall Dodge, Katrina Heil, Brooke Henderson, Kyle J. Johnson, Gabi Leibowitz, Alison Grace Norwood, Carly Nykanen, Allison Spratt Pearce, Avalon Robbins and Maxine Sutton (Ensemble).

This season’s production features Musical Direction by Charlie Reuter, Additional Choreography by Bob Richard 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) and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

The Old Globe will offer an autism-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m.  Following in the footsteps of successful autism-friendly performances of The Lion King and Mary Poppins on Broadway, The Grinch will be performed in a friendly and supportive environment for children on the autism spectrum and their families.  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 a pre-show visit to the Globe to familiarize children with the theatre; 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.  Theatre Development Fund’s (TDF) Autism Theatre Initiative serves as an advisor for The Old Globe’s autism-friendly Grinch performance (www.tdf.org/autism).

The seventh annual Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6:00 p.m. on the Globe’s Copley Plaza.  The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with the presentation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Designed by Grinch scenic designer John Lee Beatty, the unique tree will be located in the center of the Plaza and will remain for the run of the show.  This fun family event will feature a special live performance by members of the Grinch cast and a delightful holiday snowfall on the Globe Plaza.  Although the event is free, reservations are required.  Reservations will be available exclusively to Globe subscribers through Nov. 10, and remaining reservations will be available to the public on Nov. 11.  Reservations can be made by contacting the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE or Tickets@TheOldGlobe.org.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Audrey Geisel, SDG&E, Bank of America, Gloria and Dick Rasmussen and Random House Children’s Books.  Additional support is provided by KPMG.

Steve Blanchard returns to The Old Globe as the title character in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which he played last year in his Globe debut.  Hehas appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, The Three Musketeers and A Christmas Carol.  His National Tours include Little House on the Prairie, Camelot, The Phantom of the Opera, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Hans Christian Andersen.  His Off Broadway credits include Johnny Guitar, Frankenstein, Treasure Island and Moby Dick.  His television credits include “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Cupid,” “Ed,” Sunset Beat, “Police Story,” Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card, “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Another World.”  He can be heard on the original recordings of Johnny Guitar, Sundown, Frankenstein and Northbound Train.

James Vásquez has recreated the original musical staging of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! since 2003.  Recently at the Globe he directed Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, served as Associate Director of Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy and provided musical staging for Boeing-Boeing.  He won the 2010 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Direction for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company).  His recent directing credits include Pippin, the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas, Next Fall and the West Coast premieres of [title of show], Fair Use and Twist (Diversionary Theatre), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Cygnet) and Into the Woods (New Village Arts).  He also served as choreographer for the Cygnet productions of Little Shop of Horrors and A Little Night Music.  Along with his partners Mark Holmes and Carrie Preston, Vásquez is co-founder of Daisy 3 Pictures.  Their first two feature films, 29th and Gay (TLA Releasing, Here TV) and Ready? OK! (Wolfe Video, LOGO) have played national and international film festivals, with Ready? OK! taking top honors in Seattle, North Carolina and San Diego.  Daisy 3’s latest feature, That’s What She Said starring Anne Heche, made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters this past October.

TICKETS to Dr. Seuss’ 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 begin on Nov. 17 and continue through Dec. 29.  Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under).  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 23 at 2:00 p.m.  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.  Additional performances: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. (there is no 7:00 p.m. performance that day), Monday, Dec. 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27 at 5:00 p.m. (there is no 7:00 p.m. performance that day) and Friday, Dec. 28 at 5:00 p.m. (there is no 7:00 p.m. performance that day).  There is no 5:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 29.  There are no performances on Thanksgiving (Nov. 22), Nov. 27, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Christmas (Dec. 25). 

LOCATION:  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.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARMeasure for Measure (11/10-11/18), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/17-12/29), Pygmalion (1/12-2/17), The Brothers Size (1/26-2/24), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (3/8-4/14), A Doll’s House (3/23-4/21), Other Desert Cities (4/27-6/2), Be a Good Little Widow (5/11-6/9).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, 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, which are 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 theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' 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 theaters across the country.

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KIDS BY CITY

SAN DIEGO
Point Loma (92106-92107)
Ava Marie Bunn
Sydney Rose Horowitz

Torrey Pines/Carmel Valley (92130)
Aaron Acosta
Alison Grace Norwood
Avalon Robbins
Maxine Sutton

Black Mountain Ranch (92127) – Jordi Bertran
La Jolla (92037) – Gabi Leibowitz
Mira Mesa (92121) – Kaitlyn O’Leary
University City (92122) – Lilith Freund

OTHER
La Mesa (91941-91942)
Luke Babbitt
Annie Buckley
Sophia Dimmick
Brooke Henderson

Del Mar (92014) – Liam James Brandt
Escondido (92025) – Dylan Nalbandian
Lemon Grove (91945) – Katrina Heil
Poway (92064) – Caitlin McAuliffe
San Marcos (92078) – Madison Pyle
Santee (92071) – Kevin Davison

 

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

AARON ACOSTA (Danny Who) has previously appeared at The Old Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (‘09-’11).  His other recent theater credits include the world premiere of Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin (a.k.a. Chaplin) (La Jolla Playhouse) and Peter Pan and My Son Pinocchio (San Diego Junior Theatre).  Acosta received the 2009 National Youth Theatre Award (13 and under) for his performance in the role of Gavroche in Les Misérables (California Youth Conservatory Theatre).  His film credits include lead roles in Never Give Up (short, 2012) and Slingers (2013).

LUKE BABBITT (Little Who Ensemble) is a 12-year-old sixth grader at Murray Manor Elementary School in La Mesa and is thrilled to be back in Whoville this season after appearing in The Grinch last year.  Among his other theater credits are Peter Pan (San Diego Junior Theatre), Seussical the Musical (Highland Players) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol and The Sound of Music (Ray and Joan Kroc Center).  This spring he is looking forward to making his Peter Pan Junior Theatre debut in their production of Guys and Dolls.

JORDI BERTRAN (Boo Who) is an 11-year-old boy who loves singing and dancing.  He started acting in 2010 on the musical Honk! as part of the Rising Stars Theatre Company.  Under Lynn Broyles’ direction he appeared in several plays including Seussical the Musical where he played one of his favorite characters, Jojo.  He also played Zebulun in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Doody in Grease and Troy in Disney’s High School Musical.  Bertran is a competitive-level-five gymnast, is fluent in English and Spanish and has played the piano since he was four.  This is his first appearance in The Grinch.

STEVE BLANCHARD (The Grinch) reprises his role as The Grinch from last year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Blanchard has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, The Three Musketeers and A Christmas Carol.  His National Tours include Little House on the Prairie, Camelot, The Phantom of the Opera, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Hans Christian Andersen.  His Off Broadway credits include Johnny Guitar, Frankenstein, Treasure Island and Moby Dick.  His television credits include “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Cupid,” “Ed,” Sunset Beat, “Police Story,” Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card, “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Another World.”  He can be heard on the original recordings of Johnny Guitar, Sundown, Frankenstein and Northbound Train.

LIAM JAMES BRANDT (Danny Who) is pleased to return to Whoville and The Old Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’10 and ‘11).  His other theater credits include Peter Pan (Carlsbad Performing Arts Academy), The Comedy of Errors and The Jungle Book (North Coast Repertory Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Actors Alliance of San Diego), The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Princess and the Pea, Beauty and the Beast, Annie and The Wizard of Oz (Coast Kids Theater) and The Little Red Hen (San Diego Junior Theatre).  His film credits include The Overwhelming Possibility directed by T. Ryder Smith.  Brandt had a voice-over role in Somewhere (The Old Globe).  He studies dance at Carlsbad Dance Centre and is a student at The Children’s School in La Jolla.

ANNIE BUCKLEY (Annie Who) is a 13-year-old seventh-grade student at Parkway Middle School in La Mesa.  This is her second year of playing Annie Who in The Grinch.  Her other credits include Duffy in Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions) and Lily in An American Christmas (Lamb’s Players Theatre).  She has also performed at Peter Pan Junior Theatre in The Music Man and Peter Pan.  Buckley is excited to be performing at The Old Globe again this holiday.

AVA MARIE BUNN (Little Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Globe debut in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Bunn is an honor student in the sixth grade.  She has appeared in multiple shows with San Diego Junior Theatre.  Some of her favorites to perform in have been The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rippledink’s Repertory, Annie and Peter Pan.  She has also done work in numerous voice-overs, print ads and television commercials.  She is a competitive gymnast and also loves unicycling and various forms of dance.

JACOB CALTRIDER (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) previously appeared at the Globe with Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show and last year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!  His local credits include Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and The History Boys (Cygnet Theatre Company), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (North Coast Repertory Theatre) and Twist, Yank! and the original casts of Harmony, Kansas and The Daddy Machine (Diversionary Theatre).

GENO CARR (Papa Who) is thrilled to return to Whoville after his debut as Papa Who last year.  Carr was most recently seen on the Old Globe stage in the world premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical.  In San Diego he has also been seen in The Servant of Two Masters (Craig Noel Award nomination), The Music Man and miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Parade, Little Shop of Horrors and Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company), I Love You Because and A Christmas Carol (’08 and ’09) (North Coast Repertory Theatre) and A Waltz Dream (Lyric Opera San Diego).  Carr has appeared Off Broadway in Bush Wars, on the National Tours of Phantom, The Buddy Holly Story and Grease, and his favorite regional credits include Leo Bloom in The Producers, Harold Nichols in The Full Monty, Sparky in Forever Plaid, the title role in Bat Boy, Younger Brother in Ragtime, Smee in Peter Pan, Feste in Twelfth Night, Buddy Fidler in City of Angels, Luther Billis in South Pacific, Applegate in Damn Yankees, Man #2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie

NANCY SNOW CARR (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) is so happy to return to Whoville at The Old Globe this Christmas.  Carr recently completed a four-month run of RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego.  She also has been seen on the National Tours of Phantom as the understudy for Christine and The Buddy Holly Story.  She also appeared as Dorothy in the Washington, DC premiere of Hunter Foster and David Kirshenbaum’s Summer of ‘42 (Round House Theatre).  Some of her favorite regional credits include Julie Jordan in Carousel, Eve and Mama Noah in Children of Eden, Babe in Crimes of the Heart, Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Nellie in South Pacific, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Bobbi and Gabby in City of Angels

JASON EDWARD COOK (Young Max) is making his Globe debut in The Grinch.  His recent theater credits include With Glee (Off Broadway, Prospect Theater Company), Huck in Big River (PlayMakers Repertory Company), Academy (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Disney’s High School Musical 2 (North Carolina Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Oliver! (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (B Street Theatre), A Little Night Music, Beauty and the Beast and Grand Hotel (Maine State Music Theatre) and Stephen Schwartz’ Captain Louie (National Tour).  He can also be seen as Petey in Rising Stars.  Cook stars in his production company BadKid Productions’ first web series, “Laid Off,”with Shirley Jones.

KEVIN DAVISON (Little Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to The Old Globe for a second season.  He was most recently seen as King Louie and Colonel Hathi in Disney’s The Jungle Book.  Some of his other favorite roles have been Jojo in Seussical the Musical (Pickwick Players) and The Mayor of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz, Bashful in Snow White and Michael Darling in Peter Pan (Christian Youth Theater).

SOPHIA DIMMICK (Little Who Ensemble) has performed with California Ballet for three years as a Bon Bon in The Nutcracker, Small Alice in Alice in Wonderland and a Villager in Dracula.  She has also performed in San Diego Junior Theatre’s production of Honk! and was given a Junior Theater Mint Award for Stand-Out Performer.  Being a great fan of Dr. Seuss, Dimmick is thrilled to be making her debut with The Old Globe in this season’s Grinch.

RANDALL DODGE (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (‘06, ‘07, ‘10 and ‘11).  His regional credits include The Light in the Piazza, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Sound of Music, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, Company, Annie Get Your Gun, Crazy for You, The Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast, The Pirates of Penzance, The Fantasticks, Children of Eden, The Most Happy Fella, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Promises, Promises, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, She Loves Me, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the West Coast premieres of No Way to Treat a Lady and Pete ‘n’ Keely

LILITH FREUND (Cindy-Lou Who) is thrilled to be making her professional stage debut at The Old Globe.  She appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s “I Kid with Brad Garrett” for TLC and played Gretel in a staged reading of The Sound of Music with San Diego Community Actors Theatre.  Now an eight-year-old third grader at Marie Curie Elementary School in San Diego, Freund has performed in the annual Curie School plays, including the lead role of Willie in last year’s production of The Castaways.  Dancing ballet since she was three, she has appeared in numerous productions of The Nutcracker around San Diego.

STEVE GUNDERSON (Old Max) has previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (‘99, ‘00, ‘03, ‘05, ‘07-’11), Suds: The Rocking ‘60s Musical Soap Opera (also co-writer/arranger), A Trip to Chinatown and Hadrian VII.  His Off Broadway credits include Suds (original cast), Forever Plaid, Back to Bacharach and David (original cast, co-created with Kathy Najimy), Butley and Street Scene.  Most recently he appeared as Benjamin Franklin in 1776 (Cabrillo Music Theatre).  His additional credits include The Nightingale and Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse), Dirty Blonde, Parade and Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company), Romance, Miss Witherspoon and A Christmas Carol (San Diego Repertory Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Lamb’s Players Theatre) and major roles at Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre and La Mirada Theatre.  He played multiple roles in the National Tour of The Grapes of Wrath with Ed Harris and in the popular revue The Melinda & Steve Show with Melinda Gilb.  His television credits include various voices on “King of the Hill” and the new “Beavis and Butt-Head.”  In 2010, Gunderson won the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Actor of the Year and for his performance as Wilbur in Hairspray (San Diego Repertory Theatre).

KATRINA HEIL (Little Who Ensemble) is in the second grade.  Her ballet training includes Neisha’s Dance Academy and San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.  She appeared as a Baby Mouse in SDCYB’s The Nutcracker.  She has trained vocally with Karyn Overstreet and Cris O’Bryon.  Her interests include reading, singing, writing, swimming and playing with her little brother Tristan.

BROOKE HENDERSON (Little Who Ensemble) is excited about being part of this show and making her debut.  She is a 10-year-old fifth grader at The Language Academy.  Her theater credits include Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions), Seussical the Musical, My Son Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan (San Diego Junior Theatre), Alice’s Daughter in Big River (California Youth Conservatory) and Once Upon a Mattress (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego). 

SYDNEY ROSE HOROWITZ (Betty-Lou Who) is thrilled and honored to be making her Globe debut.  Recently she won the Outstanding Achievement Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth in New York with the Stagedoor Manor premiere of Whistle Down the Wind.  Her other performances for Stagedoor Manor include Zebulun in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Horowitz has performed at San Diego Junior Theatre for the past eight years, and her credits include Pepper in Annie and Young Sour Kangaroo in Seussical the Musical.  Currently she attends the School of Creative and Performing Arts.

KYLE J. JACKSON (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be back in Whoville for his third year of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at the Globe.  His theater credits include the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Roger in Grease, Young Fool in Big River, Horton in Seussical the Musical, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance (Performance Riverside), The Gondoliers directed by Richard Sheldon and La Fille du Régiment directed by Nicola Bowie.  He has previously worked as a principal singer for Celebrity Cruises. 

PHIL JOHNSON (Grandpa Who) returns to the Globe with this year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  He has appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and in the National Tours of Sunset Boulevard and Miss Saigon.  His San Diego credits include Mistakes Were Made and Little Shop of Horrors (Cygnet Theatre Company), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Leading Ladies and Pageant (North Coast Repertory Theatre), The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse), The New Century (Diversionary Theatre), A Christmas Carol (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Forever Plaid (Theatre in Old Town) and True West (Sledgehammer Theatre).  His original comedies include a one-man Hound of the Baskervilles (San Diego Foundation Artist Grantee), Nemesis with Mike Sears, Say Cheese (San Diego, Los Angeles and Chicago) and Casa del HaHa, an original sketch show.  His television credits include “Notes from the Underbelly” (ABC), and he is a member of Acme Comedy Theatre, L.A.

GABI LEIBOWITZ (Teen Who) is proud and excited to be returning this year to The Old Globe.  She is 14 years old and has been performing in dance, musical theater and film since the age of four.  She has been fortunate to train and perform with local, professional and community theater companies including Lyric at the Birch’s Summer Academy, San Diego Junior Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre and Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego.  She recently played Hazel the Witchette in the Brick-or-Treat live musical at LEGOLAND California and the principal role of Ti Moune in Once on This Island at Francis Parker School.  Some of her favorite roles include Betty-Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’11) and Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof (Lyric Opera San Diego).  Leibowitz studies ballet, jazz and tap at The Dance Academy and has danced locally in The Nutcracker for eight years.  She is also passionate about singing.  Highlights of her vocal achievements in 2012 include San Diego Superstars Finalist, San Diego’s Got Talent Finalist and Carlsbad Community Talent winner.

CAITLIN MCAULIFFE (Cindy-Lou Who) is honored and excited to return for a second season as Cindy-Lou Who in this year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  McAuliffe is nine years old and loves to sing and dance.  She danced competitively for four years and is now part of Leigh Scarritt Productions where she has performed at Moonlight Amphitheatre, Shakespeare festivals, A Night of Divas and in group performances at the Birch North Park Theatre and Starlight Musical Theatre. 

DYLAN NALBANDIAN (Boo Who) has appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! as Boo Who (‘09-’11) and is thrilled to return for his fourth year in the same role.  His other theater credits include Michael Darling in Peter Pan, Chip in Beauty and the Beast, White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Mowgli in The Jungle Book and many others (Broadway Theater Arts Academy).  Nalbandian studies ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and acrobatics at Georgia’s School of Dance in Escondido and is a member of their competitive dance team.  He is 12 years old and in sixth grade.

AMANDA NAUGHTON (Grandma Who) is happy to be back for her second season as Grandma WhoShe has previously appeared at the Globe in Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy, Lost in Yonkers, The Women, The Constant Wife, Loves and Hours and Paramour.  Her Broadway credits include Into the Woods (2002 revival) and The Secret Garden (also the National Tour, Jefferson Award nominee).  She has appeared Off Broadway in Romance in Hard Times, Hundreds of Hats, 3 Postcards and Mr. President.  Regionally she has been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (La Jolla Playhouse), A Little Night Music (Goodspeed Musicals, LA Opera and South Coast Repertory), Amour and O. Henry’s Lovers (Goodspeed Musicals), On the Town (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Gypsy, Tartuffe, The Waves, Misalliance, Bedroom Farce and The Threepenny Opera (Hangar Theatre), Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, The Sound of Music, The Foreigner, Lend Me a Tenor, Steel Magnolias and Barefoot in the Park (Forestburgh Playhouse), The Royal Family (Caldwell Theatre Company), The Betrayal of Nora Blake (Cuillo Centre For The Arts), Another Kind of Hero (Walnut Street Theatre) and Edith Stein (Geva Theatre).  Her television credits include the role of Betty Roberts on AMC’s original series “Remember WENN,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Payne” (with John Larroquette) and “Chappelle’s Show.”  She received her B.F.A. from Ithaca College.

ALISON GRACE NORWOOD (Teen Who) is thrilled to be returning back to The Grinch for her fifth year in Whoville.  Her theater credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (San Diego Musical Theatre), Louella Soames in Our Town, Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate and Olive in The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee (Canyon Crest Academy), Oklahoma! (Moonlight Stage Productions) and Tiny Tim in A Dickens’ Christmas Carol (Branson, Missouri).  Her voice-over work includes “It’s a Small World” for Disney on Ice: Disneyland Adventures, Annie in Disney Playhouse Live: Little Einsteins, Disney on Ice: World of Fantasy.  Her film credits include Ready? Okay! (Daisy 3 Pictures). 

CARLY NYKANEN (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) is excited to be back in Whoville where she was previously seen as a Who in 2011 and 2006.  Her regional credits include Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin and Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla Playhouse), Harvey (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Urinetown, Into the Woods, Oklahoma! and Sweeney Todd (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Fiddler on the Roof and Twice Upon a Time (Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities).  Nykanen has been seen in several commercials and on TLC’s medical reenactment show “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.” 

KAITLYN O’LEARY (Annie Who) is thrilled to be performing in The Grinch for the first time.  Most recently, she performed at the annual Celebrity Sonnets Festival and at the San Diego Shakespeare Musicale at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, both with Leigh Scarritt Productions.  O’Leary’s past credits include Ette in Legally Blonde and Youth Choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (San Diego Musical Theatre). 

ALLISON SPRATT PEARCE (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) was recently seen at The Old Globe as Phoebe in As You Like It, Ceres in The Tempest, Katherina in Amadeus and Jane in Jane Austen’s Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy.  She also appeared in Globe/USD M.F.A. productions as Anna in Fathers and Sons and Viola in Twelfth Night.  She was in the original Broadway and Off Broadway productions of Cry-Baby, Curtains and Good Vibrations and originated the role of Miss B. in Enter Laughing.  Her favorite leading roles include My Fair Lady (Capital Repertory Theater), The Girl in the Frame (Goodspeed Musicals and Manhattan Theatre Club), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Flat Rock Playhouse), Cabaret (National Tour) and Grease! (European Tour)In film and television, she has appeared in The Smurfs, He Got Game, “NY-70” (NBC pilot), hosting on HSN and numerous national commercials. 

MADISON PYLE (Betty-Lou Who) is honored and excited to be back with her Whoville family this holiday season.  She is a 12-year-old sixth-grade student at San Elijo Middle School who loves to read, play the flute and tap dance.  Pyle’s theater credits include Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (‘11) and Odyssey (The Old Globe), Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions) and Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Junie B. Jones and Pinkalicious (San Diego Junior Theatre). 

AVALON ROBBINS (Little Who Ensemble) is an 11-year-old actor, singer, dancer and model.  She began modeling as a baby and fell in love with acting at 4 years old.  She has shot hundreds of print ads, packaging and campaigns.  She has appeared in several commercials (including a Build-A-Bear commercial with Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice).  Robbins has appeared in television shows, Disney promos, short films and independent films.  She is the voice of Millie and Melody (Minnie Mouse’s nieces) on Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and has a recurring role as Millie on Minnie’s Bow-Toons on Disney Junior.  She recently had a lead role in the 20th Century Fox film The Three Stooges as Murph.  Robbins started her theater career at eight years old when she was nominated for best young actress as Molly in Annie.  Her other roles include Young Cinderella in Cinderella, Kate in Annie, Beaky in Honk!, Young Silvermist in Peter Pan, Wizard understudy in Once Upon a Mattress, Student in Disney’s High School Musical and Townsgirl in Beauty and the Beast

MAXINE SUTTON (Little Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut at The Old Globe.  She has enjoyed many roles, especially being a Bird in San Diego Junior Theatre’s The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley and Rita in Kids Theatre Network’s Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.  She enjoys dance, music, science and hanging out with her friends.  She has been a district finalist in the California PTA Reflections Program for her dance performances in both 2011 and 2012.  She has received a Congressional Award of Merit for being a national finalist in the 2011 Toshiba ExploraVision Science Competition. 

KELSEY VENTER (Mama Who) is so excited to return to The Old Globe and The Grinch for her second year as Mama Who.  Venter was last seen by San Diego audiences in RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women at the Lyceum Theatre.  Her other San Diego credits include Sarah in Trying and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Marcy in I Love You Because (North Coast Repertory Theatre) and Beehive: The 60’s Musical and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Miracle Theatre Productions at the Theatre in Old Town).  Her Bay Area credits include Theresa and Dr. Zimmerman in the workshop production of Triangle (TheatreWorks), Nancy in Oliver! (Woodminster Amphitheatre), Amalia in She Loves Me and Gloria in Boeing-Boeing (Center REP Theatre), Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera and Nina in Seagull in the Hamptons (Shotgun Players), Philotis in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Martha Cratchit and Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater).

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FACT SHEET

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Additional Lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel
Additional Music by Albert Hague
Original Production Conceived and
    Directed by Jack O’Brien
Directed by James Vásquez
Original Choreography by John DeLuca
Musical Direction by Charlie Reuter
Additional Choreography by Bob Richard
Choreography Restaged by James Vásquez

RUNS:  Nov. 17 – Dec. 29, 2012
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under).

SYNOPSIS:  San Diego’s favorite holiday tradition, back for its 15th incredible year, is a wonderful, whimsical production that will once again jump right off the pages of the classic Dr. Seuss book and onto the Old Globe’s stage.

CREATIVE TEAM:  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) and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

CAST:  Steve Blanchard (The Grinch), Jason Edward Cook (Young Max), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), Lilith Freund and Caitlin McAuliffe (Cindy-Lou Who), Geno Carr (Papa Who), Kelsey Venter (Mama Who), Phil Johnson (Grandpa Who), Amanda Naughton (Grandma Who), Annie Buckley and Kaitlyn O’Leary (Annie Who), Sydney Rose Horowitz and Madison Pyle (Betty-Lou Who), Dylan Nalbandian and Jordi Bertran (Boo Who) and Aaron Acosta and Liam James Brandt (Danny Who) with Luke Babbitt, Ava Maria Bunn, Jacob Caltrider, Nancy Show Carr, Kevin Davison, Sophia Dimmick, Randall Dodge, Katrina Heil, Brooke Henderson, Kyle J. Johnson, Gabi Leibowitz, Alison Grace Norwood, Carly Nykanen, Allison Spratt Pearce, Avalon Robbins and Maxine Sutton (Ensemble).

PREVIEWS:
Nov 17 SAT 7:00pm
Nov 18 SUN 4:30pm (Tree Lighting)
Nov 20 TUE 7:00pm
Nov 21 WED 7:00pm
Nov 23 FRI 2:00pm
OPENING NIGHT:  Nov 23 FRI 7:00pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Nov 24 SAT 11:00am
Nov 24 SAT 2:00pm
Nov 24 SAT 5:00pm
Nov 25 SUN 11:00am
Nov 25 SUN 2:00pm
Nov 25 SUN 5:00pm
Nov 28 WED 7:00pm
Nov 29 THU 7:00pm
Dec 1 SAT 11:00am
Dec 1 SAT 2:00pm
Dec 1 SAT 5:00pm
Dec 2 SUN 11:00am
Dec 2 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 2 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 4 TUE 7:00pm
Dec 5 WED 6:30pm
Dec 6 THU 7:00pm
Dec 8 SAT 11:00am (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 8 SAT 2:00pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 8 SAT 5:00pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 9 SUN 11:00am
Dec 9 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 9 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 11 TUE 7:00pm
Dec 12 WED 7:00pm
Dec 13 THU 7:00pm
Dec 14 FRI 7:00pm
Dec 15 SAT 10:30am (Autism-Friendly Performance)
Dec 15 SAT 2:00pm
Dec 15 SAT 5:00pm
Dec 16 SUN 11:00am
Dec 16 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 16 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 18 TUE 7:00pm
Dec 19 WED 7:00pm
Dec 20 THU 7:00pm
Dec 21 FRI 7:00pm
Dec 22 SAT 11:00am
Dec 22 SAT 2:00pm
Dec 22 SAT 5:00pm
Dec 23 SUN 11:00am
Dec 23 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 23 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 24 MON 2:00pm
Dec 24 MON 5:00pm
Dec 26 WED 2:00pm
Dec 26 WED 7:00pm
Dec 27 THU 5:00pm
Dec 28 FRI 5:00pm
Dec 29 SAT 11:00am
Dec 29 SAT 2:00pm

GRINCH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6:00pm
Annual Tree Lighting on the Old Globe Plaza to include special performance by the cast. FREE

AUTISM-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE
Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m.
A sensory-friendly performance of the holiday musical for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org