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COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE OLD GLOBE’S 16TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF
DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!


The Globe will present an Autism-Friendly Performance
on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

The Old Globe's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
will take place on Nov. 17 at 6:00 p.m.

“Santa for a Day” contest will give children a chance
to help The Grinch light up the tree

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 1, 2013)—The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe’s 16th 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. 16 – Dec. 28. Previews run from Nov. 16 – Nov. 20. Opening night is Nov. 21 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 16th 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.

Steve Blanchard returns to his role as The Grinch for his third consecutive season. Blanchard has appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, The Three Musketeers and A Christmas Carol and was seen in the Off Broadway productions of Orphan Train, Johnny Guitar, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Moby Dick and An Oak Tree.

Alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou Who and making their Globe debuts are Taylor Coleman of Carmel Valley and Gabriella Dimmick of La Mesa. Coleman has trained with San Diego’s Royal Dance Academy, performing numerous times at Mandeville Auditorium, and recently appeared in a production of Rainbow Fish. Dimmick was most recently seen in San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music at Birch North Park Theatre and has performed for several years with The California Ballet Company.

Three-time San Diego Critics Circle Award winner Steve Gunderson returns as Old Max and marks his 11th 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. Playing Young Max is Jeffrey Schecter, who previously appeared at the Globe in the world premiere musical Robin and the 7 Hoods. His extensive Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line and The Pajama Game among others.

Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Geno Carr (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Kürt Norby (Grandpa Who), Eileen Bowman (Grandma Who), Isabelle Simone Pizzurro and Kaitlyn O’Leary (Annie Who), Caitlin McAuliffe and Remy Margaret Corbin (Betty-Lou Who), Brandon Saldivar and Imahni King-Murillo (Boo Who) and Luke Babbitt and Dylan Nalbandian (Danny Who) with Jacob Caltrider, Megan Carmitchel, Nancy Snow Carr, David Coffey, Kevin Davison, Sophia Dimmick, Randall Dodge, Krysten Hafso-Koppman, Brooke Henderson, Katelyn Katz, Hourie Klijian, Gabi Leibowitz, Nathan Riley, Kendall Skye, Isabella Walther-Meade and Elliot Weaver (Ensemble).

This season’s production features Musical Direction by Elan McMahan, 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), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

The Old Globe will once again offer an autism-friendly performance of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Following a very successful inaugural performance last year, 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 eighth annual Globe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17 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 can be made by contacting the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE or Tickets@TheOldGlobe.org.

The Old Globe will again hold its “Santa for a Day” contest that will give one lucky child a chance to be a part of this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Children aged 3 – 12 may create a drawing expressing what the holidays mean to them, and parents may enter it by emailing a photo of it to Contest@TheOldGlobe.org. 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. 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. 17 and, directly after the show, assist The Grinch on stage with the lighting of the Dr. Seuss-inspired tree. For full details and rules, visit www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=10832.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Audrey Geisel, Bank of America, Random House Children’s Books and SDG&E. Globe Literacy and Education Initiatives, including the autism-friendly performance of The Grinch, are supported in part by Elaine and Dave Darwin and Dan and Phyllis Epstein.

Steve Blanchard reprises his role as The Grinch from the 2011 and 2012 productions 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 Orphan Train, Johnny Guitar, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Moby Dick and An Oak Tree. He has appeared regionally in Little House on the Prairie (Guthrie Theater), Tarzan (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma) and Esmeralda (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). His extensive television and film credits include “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Cupid,” “Ed,” Those Who Wander, Dark Vengeance, Savva and Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card for HBO. 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. 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 and last summer’s Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He received San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas and the West Coast premiere of [title of show] (Diversionary Theatre) and won the award in 2010 for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company). His other recent directing/choreography credits include the workshop of Harmony, Kansas (Goodspeed Musicals), Marry Me a Little, Birds of a Feather, Pippin and Next Fall (Diversionary), Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Little Shop of Horrors (Cygnet) and Into the Woods (New Village Arts). In 2004, Vásquez founded Daisy 3 Pictures with Mark Holmes and Carrie Preston. 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! winning Best Feature Film awards in Seattle, North Carolina and San Diego. Their latest feature film, That’s What She Said, starring Anne Heche, made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

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. 16 and continue through Dec. 28. Ticket prices start at $37 for adults and $24 for children (17 years and under). Performance times: Previews: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 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. The autism-friendly performance is on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. (there are no 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. performances that day). Additional performances: Friday, Nov. 29 at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (there is no 7:00 p.m. performance that day), Thursday, Dec. 26 at 4:00 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 27 at 2:00 p.m. There is no 11:00 a.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 28. There are no performances on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), Dec. 6 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.

CALENDAR: The Last Goodbye (9/22-11/3), Much Ado About Nothing (11/9-11/17), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/16-12/28), Bethany (1/25-2/23), The Winter’s Tale (2/8-3/16), Time and the Conways (3/29-5/4), Water by the Spoonful (4/12-5/11).

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 14 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 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
Carmel Valley (92130)
Taylor Coleman
Katelyn Katz

La Jolla (92037)
Hourie Klijian
Gabi Leibowitz

City Heights (92105) – Imahni King-Murillo
Rancho Penasquitos (92129) – Brandon Saldivar
Sorrento Valley (92121) – Kaitlyn O’Leary

OTHER
Carlsbad (92009)
Isabelle Simone Pizzurro
Elliot Weaver

El Cajon (92020-92021)
David Coffey
Kendall Skye

La Mesa (91941-91942)
Luke Babbitt
Gabriella Dimmick
Sophia Dimmick
Brooke Henderson

Chula Vista (91913) – Isabella Walther-Meade
Escondido (92025) – Dylan Nalbandian
Poway (92064) – Caitlin McAuliffe
San Marcos (92078) – Remy Margaret Corbin
Santee (92071) – Kevin Davison

 

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

LUKE BABBITT (Danny Who) returns for his third season in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! He was most recently seen as Kurt in San Diego Musical Theatre’s record-breaking production of The Sound of Music. His additional theater credits include Guys and Dolls (Peter Pan Junior Theater), Seussical (Highland Players), Peter Pan Jr. (San Diego Junior Theatre), Les Misérables (Verge Theatre Company) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Once on this Island Jr. and A Christmas Carol (Kroc Kids Junior Theatre Company). He will also play The Artful Dodger in Peter Pan Junior Theater’s upcoming spring production of Oliver!

STEVE BLANCHARD (The Grinch) reprises his role as The Grinch from the 2011 and 2012 productions 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 Orphan Train, Johnny Guitar, Frankenstein, Treasure Island, Moby Dick and An Oak Tree. He has appeared regionally in Little House on the Prairie (Guthrie Theater), Tarzan (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma) and Esmeralda (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis). Blanchard’s television credits include “Law & Order,” “Third Watch,” “Cupid,” “Ed,” “Sunset Beat,” “Police Story,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live” and “Another World.” He has appeared in the films Those Who Wander, Dark Vengeance, Savva and Rap Master Ronnie: A Report Card for HBO. He can be heard on the original recordings of Johnny Guitar, Sundown, Frankenstein and Northbound Train.

EILEEN BOWMAN (Grandma Who) was last seen as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (Welk Resort Theatre) and, before that, as Amy in Company (Cygnet Theatre Company). Her other roles include Keely Stevens in Pete ’n’ Keely, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, for which she won the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award, and the three leading ladies in Joe vs The Volcano, for which she also garnered a Craig Noel Award nomination (Lamb’s Players Theatre). She also appeared in the National Tour of The Art of Broadway as well as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Marian in The Music Man and Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Starlight Musical Theatre).

JACOB CALTRIDER (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) previously appeared at the Globe with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (‘11 and ‘12) and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. His local credits include Assassins, 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 Marry Me a Little, Twist, Yank! and the original casts of Harmony, Kansas and The Daddy Machine (Diversionary Theatre).

MEGAN CARMITCHEL (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) was recently seen at the Globe in The Last Goodbye. Her recent San Diego credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Pippin (Diversionary Theatre), South Pacific and Stepping Out (Welk Resort Theatre) and The Who’s Tommy (San Diego Repertory Theatre). She is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in vocal performance and was seen in the Bay Area in Peter Pan (Berkeley Playhouse) and City of Angels and Chess (San Francisco State University).

GENO CARR (Papa Who) previously appeared at the Globe in Allegiance – A New American Musical and the previous two productions of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His other San Diego credits include The Servant of Two Masters (Craig Noel Award nomination), The Music Man and miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre, Associate Artist), Assassins, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors and Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company, Resident Artist), 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 and 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, Smee in Peter Pan, Feste in Twelfth Night, Buddy Fidler in City of Angels, Luther Billis in South Pacific, 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) was recently seen at The Old Globe as Lady Montague in The Last Goodbye and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’11 and ’12). Some of Carr’s favorite credits include the National Tours of Phantom and The Buddy Holly Story, Dorothy in the Washington, DC premiere of Hunter Foster and David Kirshenbaum’s Summer of ’42 (Round House Theatre) and Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse).

DAVID COFFEY (Teen Who) played the role of Chucho in the North Coast Repertory Theatre’s world premiere stage production of Becoming Cuba earlier this year. In June, he was awarded a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Pasko in San Diego Junior Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of A Little Princess directed by Desha Crownover. This coming February he will play the role of Chet in SDJT’s premiere production of The Burnt Part Boys directed by James Saba. David also performed the lead role of Milo in SDJT’s The Phantom Tollbooth, Dad in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing andJay Bird in Honk! and was a performer in this year’s second annual JT Honors and Songs of the Season. Coffey is featured in the television series “Haven’s Light,”produced by Turning Point Television Studios.

TAYLOR COLEMAN (Cindy-Lou Who) is making her theater debut with this production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She is a seven-year-old second-grade student at Sage Canyon Elementary School. She spends 12 hours a week training as a Level 4 competitive gymnast with TRC South Gymnastics and has won numerous medals, including fourth place at the 2012 Southern California State meet. She also studies tap, lyrical and ballet at Francine Garton’s Royal Dance Academy in Carmel Valley.

REMY MARGARET CORBIN (Betty-Lou Who) last performed at the Globe in the Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! as Cindy-Lou Who (’10 and ’11). Her other roles include Posey in Christmas on My Mind (Lamb’s Players Theatre) and Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof and Molly in Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions).

KEVIN DAVISON (Little Who Ensemble) is returning to The Old Globe for a third season. He was most recently seen as Randolph in Bye Bye Birdie. Some of his other favorite roles have been Jojo in Seussical (Pickwick Players), King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book (Young Actors’ Theatre) and The Mayor of Munchkinland in The Wizard of Oz and Michael Darling in Peter Pan (Christian Youth Theater).

GABRIELLA DIMMICK (Cindy-Lou Who) is a seven-year-old who is making her Globe debut. She recently played the role of Gretl in The Sound of Music with San Diego Musical Theatre. Performing since the age of four, Dimmick has been featured in The California Ballet Company’s productions as Bon Bon-Waver and Baby Mouse in The Nutcracker, Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland and Vampire Victim in Dracula.

SOPHIA DIMMICK (Little Who Ensemble) returns to The Old Globe for her second year in The Grinch.Earlier this year, she played the role of Janee in South Pacific at Welk Resort Theatre and has enjoyed an ensemble role in San Diego Junior Theatre’s Honk! Ms. Dimmick has performed with The California Ballet Company as Bon Bon-Waver in The Nutcracker, Small Alice in Alice in Wonderland and, most recently, Villager and Vampire Victim in Dracula. Ms. Dimmick was recently featured playing a harp solo The Africa Relief Concert at Sweetwater Community Church to benefit World Hope International.

RANDALL DODGE (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’06-’07, ’10-’12). His regional credits include Emile in South Pacific, Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Signor Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music, Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Dr. Neville Craven in The Secret Garden, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Father in Children of Eden, Joe in The Most Happy Fella, Bounder in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises and Mr. Bratt in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as well as Kit in No Way to Treat a Lady and Pete ’n’ Keely, both West Coast premieres.

STEVE GUNDERSON (Old Max) has previously appeared at the Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’99, ’00, ’03, ’05 and ’07-’12), 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. Gunderson and Richard Dreyfuss squared off as opposing attorneys in Dustin Lance Black’s 8 at The Birch North Park Theatre. His additional credits include His Girl Friday, 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), 1776 (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Birds of a Feather (Diversionary Theatre) and major roles at Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, New Village Arts 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) and in 2011 for Outstanding Musical Direction for The Who’s Tommy.

KYRSTEN HAFSO-KOPPMAN (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) has appeared in San Diego in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Musical (Intrepid Shakespeare Company), Assassins (Cygnet Theatre Company), Pete ’n’ Keely and Joe vs The Volcano (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Moonlight Stage Productions), King o’ the Moon (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Welk Resort Theatre), Spring Awakening (American Rose Theatre) and Into the Woods, A Class Act and Birds of Paradise (San Diego State University Theatre). Hafso-Koppman recently performed the role of Mary in Respighi’s oratorio Laud to the Nativity in Spokane and Seattle.

BROOKE HENDERSON (Little Who Ensemble) is returning to Whoville for a second year. She is a sixth grader at The Language Academy. Her theater credits include Annie (Moonlight Stage Productions), Little Inez in Hairspray (Southwestern College), Alice’s Daughter in Big River (California Youth Conservatory), Once Upon a Mattress (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego), a supporting role in an independent film and many productions at San Diego Junior Theatre.

KATELYN KATZ (Little Who Ensemble) is an 11-year-old sixth grader at Sage Canyon Elementary School. She was most recently seen as Brigitta in The Sound of Music (San Diego Musical Theatre). Her other theater credits include The Stinky Cheese Man, Go, Dog Go!, Honk!, Annie and How I Became a Pirate (San Diego Junior Theatre), as well as The Wizard of Oz and Once Upon a Mattress (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego). This spring, she will make her New Village Arts debut in the role of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.

IMAHNI KING-MURILLO (Boo Who) is making his Globe debut in the 2013 production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! He was recently featured as a member of Francine Maigue’s Urban Dance Tribe in the opening of the 2013 Cox Cable live production of A Salute to Teachers at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego. King-Murillo’s theater credits include A Little Princess, Honk!, The Sound of Music and Flat Stanley (San Diego Junior Theatre). He is 10 years old and learned tap and jazz with San Diego Civic Dance Association and is currently a student at San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. King-Murillo is a fifth grader in Teofilo Mendoza Elementary School’s Visual and Performing Arts Program in the South Bay Union School District.

HOURIE KLIJIAN (Little Who Ensemble) has appeared in The Sound of Music (San Diego Musical Theatre), Christmas on my Mind (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof and The Wizard of Oz (Moonlight Stage Productions), Annie and Peter Pan Jr. (San Diego Junior Theatre), A Gala Musical Review (Kroc Kids Junior Theatre Company) and Celebrity Sonnets, and she has made solo vocal performances at a number of venues in San Diego. She also sings regularly in her church choir.

GABI LEIBOWITZ (Teen Who) is returning to The Old Globe for her third year. She has been performing in dance, musical theater and film since the age of four and has been fortunate to work with professional and community theater companies including Lyric Opera San Diego, San Diego Junior Theatre, J*Company Youth Theatre and Actors’ Conservatory Theatre – San Diego. She recently played Emma in LEGO Friends LIVE and Hazel the Witchette in the Brick-or-Treat musical at LEGOLAND California. Some of her favorite roles include Betty-Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (’11), the principal role of Ti Moune in Once on This Island (Francis Parker School), Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof (Lyric Opera San Diego) and most recently Minnie Fae in Hello, Dolly! (J*Company). Leibowitz studies ballet, jazz and tap at The Dance Academy and has performed locally in The Nutcracker for eight years. Highlights of her achievements this year include San Diego Superstars Finalist, San Diego’s Got Talent finalist, Carlsbad Community Talent winner and National Youth Theatre Award nominee.

BETS MALONE (Mama Who) is making her debut at The Old Globe. Southern California theatergoers have seen her in such shows as Next to Normal, Sweeney Todd, 1776, Once Upon a Mattress, Company, Suds, Evita, Ragtime, Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun, All Shook Up, Children of Eden, Carousel, The Ten Commandments: The Musical and The Will Rogers Follies. Malone originated the role of Suzy in the Off Broadway production of The Marvelous Wonderettes and recorded the original cast album. She can also be heard on Winter Wonderettes and The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns. She is featured as Tallulah the monkey in Barbie as the Island Princess as well as the singing voice of Velma in Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire.

CAITLIN MCAULIFFE (Betty-Lou Who) returns for her third season in this year’s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Her first two years with The Grinch were as Cindy-Lou Who, and this year, she is excited to play Cindy-Lou’s big sister, Betty-Lou Who. Most recently, McAuliffe played Young Cosette in Les Misérables (California Youth Conservatory). She recently completed a commercial for Nikken Sleep Systems and an anti-bullying video for college student study. McAuliffe danced competitively for four years and is part of Leigh Scarritt Productions where she has performed at various San Diego venues.

DYLAN NALBANDIAN (Danny Who) returns to Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for his fifth consecutive year, this year as Danny Who after playing Boo Who ’09-’12. His previous roles include Mowgli in The Jungle Book, Chip in Beauty and the Beast, White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland and Michael Darling in Peter Pan (Broadway Theater Arts Academy). Recently he performed the role of Simon in the staged reading of Displacement at Pasadena Playhouse and has been performing the role of George Ewell in numerous staged readings of Death of a Midsummer Songbird, a play in development by Rachel VanWormer. Nalbandian will play the lead role of Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird at New Village Arts this coming spring, and he just shot the role of Young Sean in the movie Love, Death and Bowling, which will be released in 2015. He is also an award-winning competitive dancer at Georgia’s School of Dance in Escondido.

KÜRT NORBY (Grandpa Who) has previously appeared at The Old Globe in the world premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! His regional credits include the world premieres of Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin and Zhivago (La Jolla Playhouse), Company, Assassins, Man of La Mancha and Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company), miXtape, Leaving Iowa, Room Service, Hello, Dolly!, The Voysey Inheritance and The Winslow Boy (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Evita, The Desert Song and Bye Bye Birdie (Welk Resorts Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Moonlight Amphitheater), Suds: The Rocking ’60s Musical Soap Opera, Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Starlight Musical Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Fullerton Civic Light Opera). His film credits include 29th and Gay, U R Pre-Approved and Rubix Cube Dinner.

KAITLYN O’LEARY (Annie Who) returns to The Grinch for a second year as Annie Who. This summer she won the title of Ultimate Triple Threat at the San Diego County Fair and had the honor of singing the national anthem for the Southern California Open at La Costa Resort, the San Diego Chargers Bolt to the Q 5K race and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. O’Leary’s recent credits include performing with the Breakthrough Workshop Theatre at the Museum of Photographic Arts as well as a fundraising production for Kroc Kids Junior Theatre Company, A Gala Musical Revue, with Leigh Scarritt Productions. O’Leary’s past credits include Ette in Legally Blonde, Youth Choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at San Diego Musical Theatre, Celebrity Sonnets and San Diego Shakespeare Society’s Musicale.

ISABELLE SIMONE PIZZURRO (Annie Who) is making her Globe debut in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Most recently, she performed in The Wizard of Oz (Moonlight Stage Productions), Shrek (J*Company Youth Theatre) and The Nutcracker (The California Ballet Company). She is a 10-year-old fifth grader at Carrillo Elementary School and has been a competitive dancer for the last three years.

NATHAN RILEY (Grown-Up Who Ensemble) is making his debut with The Old Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A San Diego-based performer, Riley was most recently seen as Flute in Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Musical. Audiences can also catch him at California Adventure in Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular. His favorite credits include Winston in miXtape and Scranton Slim in Guys and Dolls (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Smudge in Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (New Village Arts), Muleteer Man of La Mancha (Cygnet Theatre Company), Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray (Moonlight Stage Productions), Matt in The Fantasticks and Duncan and Porter in Macbeth (University of Redlands Theatre).

BRANDON SALDIVAR (Boo Who) is a nine-year-old student at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School who is making his Globe debut this holiday season. He was recently seen as Sam in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Gub Gub in Dr. Dolittle (San Diego Junior Theatre). Aside from acting and singing, he plays capoeira at Capoeira Brasil San Diego.

JEFFREY SCHECTER (Young Max), better known as “Shecky,” previously appeared at The Old Globe as Willy Scarlatti in Robin and the 7 Hoods and was most recently seen on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. He is probably best known in New York for recreating the role of Mike Costa (“I Can Do That!”) in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, and he can also be seen winning that role in the documentary film Every Little Step. He has also been seen on Broadway in The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, The People in the Picture and Anything Goes, as well as playing Ozzie in On the Town at Paper Mill Playhouse. In addition to performing on stage, Schecter is also a filmmaker. His first feature film, Farm Girl in New York (co-star and co-writer), appeared in several film festivals across the country and is now available on DVD. His latest film, Tyco Parks the Car, is currently making the film festival rounds and will have its world premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City.

KENDALL SKYE (Little Who Ensemble) is nine years old and is making her debut at The Old Globe. She has performed in various Christian Youth Theater productions such as The Lion King, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz and her favorite role, the title role in Annie.

ISABELLA WALTHER-MEADE (Little Who Ensemble) is thrilled to be in the 2013 cast of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! She is nine years old and is in the fifth grade at St. John’s Episcopal School in Chula Vista. Her past roles include Young Eponine in Les Misérables and Little Fiona in Shrek the Musical (California Youth Conservatory) and The Duchess of Definition in The Phantom Tollbooth (San Diego Junior Theatre). She also dances at the Royal Dance Academy in Carmel Valley.

ELLIOT WEAVER (Little Who Ensemble) is making his professional stage debut at The Old Globe in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! He started his acting career with a lead role in San Marcos Theatre West’s production of Cinderella, If The Shoe Fits. His other recent theater credits with TheatreWest include Chicken Little, Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel. Weaver is an 11-year-old sixth grader at San Elijo Middle School in San Marcos.

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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 Elan McMahan
Additional Choreography by Bob Richard
Choreography Restaged by James Vásquez

RUNS: Nov. 16 – Dec. 28, 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 16th 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), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Leila Knox (Stage Manager).

CAST: Steve Blanchard (The Grinch), Jeffrey Schecter (Young Max), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), Taylor Coleman and Gabriella Dimmick (Cindy-Lou Who), Geno Carr (Papa Who), Bets Malone (Mama Who), Kürt Norby (Grandpa Who), Eileen Bowman (Grandma Who), Isabelle Simone Pizzurro and Kaitlyn O’Leary (Annie Who), Caitlin McAuliffe and Remy Margaret Corbin (Betty-Lou Who), Brandon Saldivar and Imahni King-Murillo (Boo Who) and Luke Babbitt and Dylan Nalbandian (Danny Who) with Jacob Caltrider, Megan Carmitchel, Nancy Snow Carr, David Coffey, Kevin Davison, Sophia Dimmick, Randall Dodge, Krysten Hafso-Koppman, Brooke Henderson, Katelyn Katz, Hourie Klijian, Gabi Leibowitz, Nathan Riley, Kendall Skye, Isabella Walther-Meade and Elliot Weaver (Ensemble).

PREVIEWS:
Nov 16 SAT 7:00pm
Nov 17 SUN 4:30pm (Tree Lighting)
Nov 20 WED 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT: Nov 21 THU 7:00pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Nov 22 FRI 7:00pm
Nov 23 SAT 11:00am
Nov 23 SAT 2:00pm
Nov 23 SAT 5:00pm
Nov 24 SUN 11:00am
Nov 24 SUN 2:00pm
Nov 24 SUN 5:00pm
Nov 26 TUE 7:00pm
Nov 27 WED 7:00pm
Nov 29 FRI 2:00pm
Nov 29 FRI 7:00pm
Nov 30 SAT 11:00am
Nov 30 SAT 2:00pm
Nov 30 SAT 5:00pm
Dec 1 SUN 11:00am
Dec 1 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 1 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 3 TUE 7:00pm
Dec 4 WED 7:00pm
Dec 5 THU 7:00pm
Dec 7 SAT 11:00am (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 7 SAT 2:00pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 7 SAT 5:00pm (December Nights in Balboa Park)
Dec 8 SUN 11:00am
Dec 8 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 8 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 10 TUE 7:00pm
Dec 11 WED 7:00pm
Dec 12 THU 7:00pm
Dec 13 FRI 7:00pm
Dec 14 SAT 10:30am (Autism-Friendly Performance)
Dec 14 SAT 5:00pm
Dec 15 SUN 11:00am
Dec 15 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 15 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 17 TUE 7:00pm
Dec 18 WED 7:00pm
Dec 19 THU 7:00pm
Dec 20 FRI 7:00pm
Dec 21 SAT 11:00am
Dec 21 SAT 2:00pm
Dec 21 SAT 5:00pm
Dec 22 SUN 11:00am
Dec 22 SUN 2:00pm
Dec 22 SUN 5:00pm
Dec 23 MON 7:00pm
Dec 24 TUE 2:00pm
Dec 24 TUE 5:00pm
Dec 26 THU 4:00pm
Dec 26 THU 7:00pm
Dec 27 FRI 2:00pm
Dec 27 FRI 7:00pm
Dec 28 SAT 2:00pm
Dec 28 SAT 5:00pm

GRINCH CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Sunday, Nov. 17 at 6:00pm
Annual Tree Lighting on the Old Globe Plaza to include special performance by the cast. FREE

AUTISM-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE
Saturday, Dec. 14 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:
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org