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SAN DIEGO (Oct. 31, 2012)—One lucky child will be crowned “Santa for a Day” at the seventh annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Old Globe on Nov. 18.  Parents of children aged 3 – 12 may submit their child’s drawing expressing what the holidays mean to them and their family to be entered in the Globe’s “Santa for a Day” contest.  The randomly selected winner will receive a VIP Family Four-Pack to attend the 4:30 p.m. performance of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Nov. 18 and, directly after the show, assist the Grinch on stage with the lighting of the tree at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Globe’s Copley Plaza.

To enter, snap a photo of your child’s drawing with your phone and email it to  Drawings may also be delivered in person to the Globe Box Office or mailed to “Santa for a Day” Contest, P.O. Box 122171, San Diego, CA 92112.  All submissions will be posted online on The Old Globe’s Facebook page.  Contest entries will be accepted through Wednesday, Nov. 14, and the winner will be announced on the Globe’s Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

All entries must include the name and age of the child and a parent or guardian’s phone.  One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by Nov. 14.  Only one entry per child will be accepted.  Families with multiple children may submit multiple drawings.  Submitted drawings will not be returned.

The annual Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will kicks 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

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.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! isdirected by James Vásquez with book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin.  The original production of The Grinch 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.  As previously announced, Steve Blanchard reprises his role as The Grinch, which he played last year in his Globe debut.  Alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou Who are Caitlin McAuliffe of Poway and Lilith Freund of University City.  Local favorite Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and Jason Edward Cook plays Young Max.  The Grinch runs 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.  Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office. 

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

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

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.  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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