Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is gearing up to make sure that cranky old Grinch doesn’t ruin the holiday season.
This year CTC is bringing back the holiday classic Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Sharing the stage is Maple Grove youth Brandon Brooks as young Max – the Grinch’s dog.
The production tells a the story about a mischievous and grumpy Grinch who hates Christmas so much that he has decided to steal it from his neighbors, the Christmas-loving Whos down in Whoville. With the help of his faithful dog Max (played by Brandon Brooks) and a reality check from the tiny Cindy-Lou Who, the Grinch comes to realize that you can’t steal Christmas because Christmas doesn’t come from the store, “maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more.”
The stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas has become familiar to past generations of CTC’s audiences since its premiere in 1994.
“CTC has long been attracted to the work of Dr. Seuss not only because of its brilliant imagery and delightful wordplay but also because his stories call us to be our best selves, to be generous, to be tolerant, and to celebrate the hugeness of the human heart,” says Peter Brosius, CTC’s artistic director.
Tenth grader Brandon Brooks from Maple Grove is no stranger to the world of theater, previously in such productions as 500 Hats, Annie, A Wrinkle in Time, Buccaneers and others.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas runs Nov. 6 – Dec. 30, 2012 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage in Minneapolis.
As part of CTC’s commitment to programming for ages two through eighteen, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is recommended for pre-K and up. Tickets are on sale now starting at $10.
More information: childrenstheatre.org or ticket office at 612.874.0400.
Cast in the 2012 production includes:
The Grinch - Reed Sigmund
Old Max - H. Adam Harris
Young Max - Brandon Brooks
J.P. Who - Dan Beckmann
Mama Who - Autumn Ness
Grandpa Who - Paul R. Coate
Grandma Who - Elizabeth Griffith
Betty Lou Who - Dot McDonald
Danny Who - Adam Qualls
Annie Who - Lauren Meredith
Cindy-Lou Who - Natalie Tran
Brother Boo, Mini Max - Noah Deets
Mini Grinch - Grant Schumann
Information provided by Children’s Theatre Company