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COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE OLD GLOBE’S 14TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF
DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!


Steve Blanchard makes his Globe debut as The Grinch

The Old Globe’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
will take place on Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 26, 2011)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s 14th annual production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  The annual holiday musical, directed by James Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin, will run in the Old Globe Theatre Nov. 19 – Dec. 31.  Previews run from Nov. 19 – Nov. 25.  Opening night is Nov. 25 at 7:00 p.m.  Steve Blanchard will make his Globe debut as the cantankerous title character.  Ticket prices start at $39 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 14th 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.

In addition to Blanchard, the cast features Logan Lipton (Young Max), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), Remy Margaret Corbin 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 Madison Pyle (Annie Who), Gabriela Leibowitz and Natasha Partnoy (Betty-Lou Who), Luke Babbitt and Dylan Nalbandian (Boo Who), Aaron Acosta and Jonas McMullen (Danny Who) with Liam James Brandt, Jacob Caltrider, Nancy Snow Carr, Nikki Castillo, Kevin Davison, Danielle Dawson, Julia Dawson, Madi Rae DiPietro, Randall Dodge, A.J. Foggiano, Meredith Inglesby, Kyle J. Jackson, Dylan Mulvaney, Carly Nykanen, Emma Rasse and Blue Schroeder (Ensemble).

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.  This season’s production features Musical Direction by Ron Colvard, 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 sixth annual Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20 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 Globe 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.  Tickets to this free event are limited but may be obtained by subscribers and are included with the tickets to the Nov. 20 performance at 4:30 p.m.

Steve 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.

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 on 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 the West Coast Premieres of [title of show], Fair Use and Twist (Diversionary Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (choreographer), A Little Night Music (choreographer) and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Cygnet) and Into the Woods (New Village Arts).  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 recently completed its latest feature, That’s What She Said starring Anne Heche.  As an actor, Vásquez has appeared on film, television, Off Broadway and regional and local stages.  He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

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. 19 and continue through Dec. 31.  Ticket prices start at $39 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under).  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 25 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: Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 22 at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 23 at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (there is no 7:00 p.m. performance that day), Monday, Dec. 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 29 at 5:00 p.m. (there is no 7:00 p.m. performance that day) and Friday, Dec. 30 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. 31.  There are no performances on Thanksgiving (Nov. 24), Nov. 29, Dec. 2, 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.

CALENDARRichard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (9/15-11/6), Somewhere (9/24-10/30), Twelfth Night (11/6-11/13), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/19-12/31), Some Lovers (11/26-12/31), Dividing the Estate (1/14-2/12), The Recommendation (1/21-2/26).

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 75 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: 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
La Jolla (92037)
Gabriela Leibowitz
Blue Schroeder

Torrey Pines (92130)
Aaron Acosta
Danielle Dawson
Julia Dawson
Jonas McMullen
Dylan James Mulvaney

Mission Hills (92103) – Natasha Partnoy
Pacific Beach (92109) – Emma Rasse
Serra Mesa (92123) – Nikki Castillo

OTHER
La Mesa (91941-91942)
Luke Babbitt
Annie Buckley

San Marcos (92078)
Remy Margaret Corbin
Madison Pyle

Del Mar (92014) – Liam James Brandt
El Cajon (92020) – A.J. Foggiano
Escondido (92025) – Dylan Nalbandian
Poway (92064) – Caitlin McAuliffe
Rancho Bernardo (92127) – Madi Rae DiPietro
Santee (92071) – Kevin Davison

 

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

AARON ACOSTA (Danny Who) has previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’09 and ‘10).  His other theater credits include Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), Ringleader in My Son Pinocchio (San Diego Junior Theatre) and Young Daniel in Once on This Island, Young Fool in Big River, Gavroche in Les Misérables and Wickersham Brother in Seussical the Musical (California Youth Conservatory Theatre).  Acosta received the 2009 National Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding Featured Actor (13 and under) for his portrayal of Gavroche in Les Misérables.

LUKE BABBITT (Boo Who) is an 11-year-old fifth grader at Murray Manor Elementary School in La Mesa.  This is his fist time performing at The Old Globe.  He has been a part of several productions with Kroc Kids at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center.  Some of his favorite roles have included Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, Kurt in The Sound of Music and Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

STEVE BLANCHARD (The Grinch) 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 (Little Who Ensemble) is pleased to return to Whoville and The Old Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (‘10).  His other theater credits include 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).  Brandt had a voice-over role in Somewhere (The Old Globe).  He studies dance at The Carlsbad Dance Center and is a student at The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe. 

ANNIE BUCKLEY (Annie Who) is a 12-year-old sixth grade student at Murdock Elementary in La Mesa.  She recently appeared as Duffy in Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions).  She played Lily in An American Christmas and understudied Sydney in Christmas on the Edge (Lamb’s Players Theatre).  She has also performed in The Music Man and Peter Pan under the direction of Dr. A (Peter Pan Junior Theater).  She enjoys playing soccer, creating art (honored three times at the county-level Reflections program), singing lessons with Cris O’Bryon and dancing. 

JACOB CALTRIDER (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) previously appeared at the Globe in The Rocky Horror Show.  His local credits include 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 cast of The Daddy Machine (Diversionary Theatre).

GENO CARR (Papa Who) has been seen as Truffledino in The Servant of Two Masters, Jacey Squires in The Music Man and Jake in miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and upcoming Parade (Cygnet Theatre Company), New York Man in I Love You Because and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (North Coast Repertory Theatre) and Count Lothar in 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, Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical, 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, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, 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) most recently created the role of Smeraldina in the world premiere of the new musical The Servant of Two Masters at Lamb’s Players Theatre.  She 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.

NIKKI CASTILLO (Little Who Ensemble) made her Globe debut last year in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She was more recently featured in Odyssey at the globe and was seen as July in Annie at Moonlight Stage Productions.  Her other theater credits include The Fantastic Mr. Fox, My Son Pinocchio and Seussical the Musical (San Diego Junior Theatre) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Annie Jr. (Arts Off Broadway).  As part of Leigh Scarritt Productions, she was featured in A Night of Divas at Lyric at the Birch and at the San Diego Shakespeare Student Festival and Celebrity Sonnets Festival.  She also had the honor of singing both the Philippine and the U.S. national anthems at a recent Philippine Independence Day festival.  Castillo is 12 years old and in seventh grade at Good Shepherd Catholic School. 

REMY MARGARET CORBIN (Cindy-Lou Who) made her Old Globe debut last year as Cindy-Lou Who and is delighted to be back in Whoville for another holiday season.  She recently appeared as Molly in Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions) and other theater credits include Annie Jr. and Disney’s Cinderella Kids.  Corbin has danced in San Elijo Dance and Music Academy’s Nutcracker at California Center for the Arts, Escondido (‘08,’09) and is always seen twirling and tapping.

KEVIN DAVISON (Little Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Old Globe.  He was most recently seen as Jojo in Seussical the Musical (Pickwick Players).  Some of his other favorite roles have been The Mayor of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz, Bashful in Snow White (CYT) and Michael Darling in Peter Pan (Christian Youth Theater – San Diego).  He loves singing and dancing and writing music. 

DANIELLE DAWSON (Little Who Ensemble) is excited to be celebrating the holidays in Whoville.  Her prior favorite roles include Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Sycamore Ridge Drama Club) and Annie in Annie (CYT@school).  She dances at the California Ballet School and has performed in The Nutcracker (‘05-‘10) and Alice in Wonderland (‘09, ‘11) with California Ballet Company.  She also studies and performs at San Diego Junior Theatre, most recently dancing and singing in A Year with Frog and Toad.  She is a Girl Scout, is learning piano and cello and plays in the Carmel Valley Middle School orchestra.

JULIA DAWSON (Little Who Ensemble) is ecstatic to join the Grinch cast this year.  She studies dance at the California Ballet School and has performed in The Nutcracker (‘07-‘10) and Alice in Wonderland (‘09, ‘11) with California Ballet Company.  Julia has also performed with San Diego Junior Theatre in A Year with Frog and Toad and with Broadway Bound Youth Theatre, where her favorite role was Duffy in Annie.  She enjoys Girl Scouts and creating improv theater with her Drama Girl friends at Sycamore Ridge Drama Club. 

MADI RAE DIPIETRO (Little Who Ensemble) made her musical theater debut this year at La Jolla Playhouse as a pageant girl in Little Miss Sunshine and just finished appearing at the Lyceum in San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as part of the ensemble cast.  DiPietro is thrilled to be joining the cast of Grinch at The Old Globe.  She is an accomplished dancer at the age of 11 trained in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical dance as well as musical theater and is an avid choreographer.  She has appeared in numerous commercials for Disney, LEGOLAND and Wal-Mart and made her television debut in the NBC soap opera “Days of our Lives.” 

RANDALL DODGE (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’06, ’07 and ‘10).  His regional credits include The Light in the Piazza, 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

A.J. FOGGIANO (Teen Who) is thrilled to be back for a fifth year.  His theater credits include Christopher in Whisper House and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’06-’09 and ’11, The Old Globe), Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Old Globe Summer Shakespeare Intensive), Randolph MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie (San Diego Musical Theatre), Coroner, Ozian and Monkey in The Wizard of Oz (Starlight Musical Theatre), Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad and Dan Dad and Jesus in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (San Diego Junior Theatre), Horton in Seussical the Musical (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego), Eddie and Rabi in 13 (American Rose Theatre) and Michael Darling in Peter Pan (Christian Youth Theater).  His film and television credits include Drug User in an Oxycontin PSA (KUSI), Anthony in Ready? OK! (Daisy 3 Pictures) and Young Keokum in The Legend of Pocahontas (I Can Fly Pictures).

STEVE GUNDERSON (Old Max) has previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (‘99, ‘00, ‘03, ‘05, ’07-‘10), 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.  His recent roles include the Baker in Into the Woods (New Village Arts) and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company).  His additional credits include Memphis (La Jolla Playhouse), 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, La Mirada Theatre, Theatre in Old Town and Welk Resorts 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).

MEREDITH INGLESBY (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) is making her debut at The Old Globe.  Her Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.  Her National Tour credits include Little House on the Prairie and Disney's On the Record.  Regionally she has appeared as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, Guinevere in Camelot, Polly in Crazy for You and Roxie Hart in Chicago.  Her television credits include “Law & Order.” She can be heard on the cast recordings of On the Record and The Little Mermaid

KYLE J. JACKSON (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) is thrilled to back at the Globe for his second year of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  He acquired a B.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University, Fullerton, and he classically trained in voice at California State University, Long Beach.  He has previously worked as a principal singer for Celebrity Cruises.  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 Pirates of Penzance (Performance Riverside), The Gondoliers directed by Richard Sheldon and La Fille du Regiment directed by Nicola Bowie. 

PHIL JOHNSON (Grandpa Who) has appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and in the National Tours of Sunset Boulevard and Miss Saigon.  His San Diego credits include Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), 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 New Century (Diversionary Theatre), A Christmas Carol (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Forever Plaid (Theatre in Old Town), True West (Sledgehammer Theatre), Nemesis and Travis & Phil (2006 Actor’s Fest—Best of Fest).  His original comedies include Nemesis with Mike Sears, True Lounge and 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 (Betty-Lou Who) is 13 years old and has been performing in dance, musical theater and film throughout San Diego since the age of four.  She recently played Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof at Lyric at the Birch and has been fortunate to train and perform with local community theater companies including Lyric’s Summer Academy, San Diego Junior Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre and Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego.  Some of her favorite roles include Grandmother Fa in Disney's Mulan and Miss Sandra in All Shook Up.  Leibowitz has studied jazz, ballet and tap for as long as she can remember and has danced locally in The Nutcracker for eight consecutive years.  She is also passionate about singing and is extremely grateful for her voice coach at ProVoce Studios.  Highlights of her vocal achievements in 2011 include San Diego Superstars Finalist, San Diego’s Got Talent Finalist and Carlsbad Community Talent Finalist.  She is currently the opening performer at Clean Comedy Live in San Diego. 

LOGAN LIPTON (Young Max) is pleased to return for his fourth season as Young Max at the Globe.  He originated the role of Boq in the First National Tour of Wicked and joined the Broadway company soon thereafter, where he performed the role for close to two years.  Off Broadway he has performed in Cupid & Psyche.  Regionally, Lipton has appeared in Cy Coleman’s Great Ostrofsky (Prince Music Theater), Beauty and the Beast (Casa Mañana) and as Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Weston Playhouse).  His New York readings include Office Space and Extraordinary Ordinary with Jason Danieley and Lisa Howard (Dreamlight Theatre Company), Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Bernice Bobs Her Hair and No Boundaries (Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Kay Swift Project directed by Casey Nicholaw with Beth Leavel.  His film credits include Dumping Lisa directed by John Oliver and The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island starring Ernest Borgnine.  Lipton’s television credits include “Medium.” He is a proud graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan.  He also co-developed and produces the electronic-pop musical immersion experience Walker in Babylon with production company New Make Do. 

CAITLIN MCAULIFFE (Cindy-Lou Who) is so excited to be making her professional acting debut as Cindy-Lou Who in this year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  She is an eight year old who has been dancing on stage since the age of four.  She is passionate about performing in jazz and tap dance competitions and loves spending time with her friends and teachers at the San Diego Dance Centre.  She enjoys singing in the church choir and especially loves performing with Miss Leigh.  As part of Leigh Scarritt Productions she has performed at the Shakespeare Sonnet Festival and A Night of Divas and has sung in group performances at the Birch North Park Theatre, Starlight Musical Theatre and the Manchester Grand Hyatt Ballroom. 

JONAS MCMULLEN (Danny Who) is honored to be returning to The Old Globe this holiday season.  He had the pleasure of playing Boo Who in the Globe’s 2009 season and is thrilled to be back in Whoville.  Most recently, McMullen performed the role of Patrick in Lyric Opera San Diego’s 2011 production of Mame.  Also, he performed with the San Diego Opera in their 2011 season in Turandot and Der Rosenkavalier.  Additionally, he appeared in the 2011 National Tour of The Wizard of Oz at the San Diego Civic Theatre.  He has worked with other community theater groups in San Diego such as J*Company Youth Theatre and California Youth Conservatory. 

DYLAN JAMES MULVANEY (Teen Who) has appeared as Danny Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! ('08 and '09, The Old Globe), Celebrity Sonnets (San Diego Shakespeare Society), Ernst in Spring Awakening, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie and Ryan in High School Musical (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego) and Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Canyon Crest Academy)Mulvaney won Best Child Broadway Singer in Hollywood's Best New Talent Awards 2009.  He has had the pleasure of working with mentors such as Roy Mote and Leigh Scarritt. 

DYLAN NALBANDIAN (Boo Who) has previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’09 and ’10) and is thrilled to return again this year as Boo Who.  His other theater credits include Michael 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).  He is on the competition dance team for Georgia’s School of Dance. 

AMANDA NAUGHTON (Grandma Who) 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.”

CARLY NYKANEN (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) is excited to be back at The Old Globe where she was last seen as a Who in 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 TLC's medical reenactment show “I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant.”

NATASHA PARTNOY (Betty-Lou Who) is thrilled to be making her Globe debut.  This past summer she appeared in the title role in Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions).  She has also played Tina Denmark in Ruthless! (The Broadway Theater in Vista).  Her other favorite past credits include Fiddler on the Roof (J*Company Youth Theatre), The Sound of Music (Pacific Children’s Theatre) and Bye Bye Birdie (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego).  She has performed at PETCO Park, the California Center for the Arts, Lyric Opera San Diego, San Diego Shakespeare Society, Starlight Musical Theatre and many other venues.  Partnoy is a sixth grader at Francis Parker School. 

MADISON PYLE (Annie Who) is thrilled to be in this production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Most recently, she performed in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in The Globe’s musical theater event Odyssey.  Her other theater credits include Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions) and Beauty and the Beast, Junie B. Jones and Pinkalicious (San Diego Junior Theatre).  She is excited to be part of the magic of Whoville this holiday season. 

EMMA RASSE (Little Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be back in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for the second time.  She was recently seen as Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof (San Diego Lyric Opera) and in Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions).  In the past, she played Molly in Annie with Melinda Gilb and Hello, Dolly! (Starlight Musical Theatre).  Her other credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Fame and High School Musical (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego) and The Sound of Music (J*Company Youth Theatre).  As part of Leigh Scarritt Productions, she has performed at The Shakespeare Sonnet Festival that was held in the Old Globe Theatre as well as at San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Shakespeare Student Festival, the Celebrity Sonnet Festival and the Balboa Theatre. 

BLUE SCHROEDER (Little Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Globe debut in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  She recently appeared in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (San Diego Musical Theatre).  Her favorite previous credits include Young Cosette in Les Misérables (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego) and Lucy Pevensie in Narnia (Peninsula Youth Theatre).  Her other credits include Seussical the Musical and High School Musical (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego) and Willy Wonka, Seussical the Musical, Annie and Aladdin (Peninsula Youth Theatre). 

KELSEY VENTER (Mama Who) is thrilled to be making her Globe debut with Grinch.  Venter was last seen by San Diego audiences in the critically acclaimed production of Trying (Lamb’s Players Theatre).  Her other San Diego credits include Marcy in I Love You Because (North Coast Repertory Theatre) and Beehive, The ‘60s Musical and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Miracle Theatre Productions at Theatre in Old Town).  Her Bay Area credits include 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 Ron Colvard
Additional Choreography by Bob Richard
Choreography Restaged by James Vásquez

RUNS:  Nov. 19 – Dec. 31, 2011
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $39 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under).

SYNOPSIS:  San Diego’s favorite holiday tradition, back for its 14th 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), Logan Lipton (Young Max), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), Remy Margaret Corbin 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 Madison Pyle (Annie Who), Gabriela Leibowitz and Natasha Partnoy (Betty-Lou Who), Luke Babbitt and Dylan Nalbandian (Boo Who), Aaron Acosta and Jonas McMullen (Danny Who) with Liam James Brandt, Jacob Caltrider, Nancy Snow Carr, Nikki Castillo, Kevin Davison, Danielle Dawson, Julia Dawson, Madi Rae DiPietro, Randall Dodge, A.J. Foggiano, Meredith Inglesby, Kyle J. Jackson, Dylan Mulvaney, Carly Nykanen, Emma Rasse and Blue Schroeder (Ensemble).

PREVIEWS:
Nov. 19 SAT at 7:00pm
Nov 20 SUN at 4:30pm (Tree Lighting)
Nov 22 TUE at 7:00pm
Nov 23 WED at 7:00pm
Nov 25 FRI at 2:00pm
OPENING NIGHT:  Nov 25 FRI at 7:00pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Nov 26 SAT at 11:00am
Nov 26 SAT at 2:00pm
Nov 26 SAT at 5:00pm
Nov 27 SUN at 11:00am
Nov 27 SUN at 2:00pm
Nov 27 SUN at 5:00pm
Nov 30 WED at 7:00pm
Dec 1 THU at 7:00pm
Dec 3 SAT at 11:00am (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 3 SAT at 2:00pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 3 SAT at 5:00pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 4 SUN at 11:00am
Dec 4 SUN at 2:00pm
Dec 4 SUN at 5:00pm
Dec 6 TUE at 7:00pm
Dec 7 WED at 7:00pm
Dec 8 THU at 7:00pm
Dec 9 FRI at 7:00pm
Dec 10 SAT at 11:00am
Dec 10 SAT at 2:00pm
Dec 10 SAT at 5:00pm
Dec 11 SUN at 11:00am
Dec 11 SUN at 2:00pm
Dec 11 SUN at 5:00pm
Dec 13 TUE at 7:00pm
Dec 14 WED at 7:00pm
Dec 15 THU at 7:00pm
Dec 16 FRI at 7:00pm
Dec 17 SAT at 11:00am
Dec 17 SAT at 2:00pm
Dec 17 SAT at 5:00pm
Dec 18 SUN at 11:00am
Dec 18 SUN at 2:00pm
Dec 18 SUN at 5:00pm
Dec 20 TUE at 2:00pm
Dec 20 TUE at 7:00pm
Dec 21 WED at 7:00pm
Dec 22 THU at 2:00pm
Dec 22 THU at 7:00pm
Dec 23 FRI at 11:00am
Dec 23 FRI at 2:00pm
Dec 23 FRI at 5:00pm
Dec 24 SAT at 11:00am
Dec 24 SAT at 2:00pm
Dec 24 SAT at 5:00pm
Dec 26 MON at 2:00pm
Dec 26 MON at 5:00pm
Dec 27 TUE at 7:00pm
Dec 28 WED at 7:00pm
Dec 29 THU at 5:00pm
Dec 30 FRI at 5:00pm
Dec 31 SAT at 11:00am
Dec 31 SAT at 2:00pm

GRINCH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6:00pm
Annual Tree Lighting on the Old Globe Plaza to include special performance by the cast. FREE

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