At the Globe, it's going to be another green Christmas - the 15th of them since that avocado-hued crank the Grinch first skulked onstage in Balboa Park.
The theater's latest edition of the holiday standby "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" gets under way this week, with a first preview performance Saturday night.
The yuletide really starts to roll in, though, on Sunday (Nov. 18), when the Globe hosts its annual Grinch Christmas Tree Lighting.
At the event's center is a Seuss-ian tree designed by John Lee Beatty, who also conceived the sets for the show. (It'll stay on the theater's Copley Plaza for the duration of the musical's run.)
"Grinch" cast members will perform at the festive family happening, which begins at 6 p.m. on the plaza (in front of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center). A "holiday snowfall" also is promised.
The event is free, but reservations are required. (The theater also reminds patrons to arrive early, because Santa has not brought Balboa Park any new parking spaces for quite a few seasons now.)
This year's "Grinch" production - based on the beloved children's book by the late, much-missed San Diegan Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel - features the return of Broadway veteran Steve Blanchard in the title role.
Lilith Freund of University City and Caitlin McAuliffe of Poway will alternate in the all-important role of Cindy-Lou Who. The cast also features such distinguished (grown-up) San Diego actors as Steve Gunderson (in his 10th "Grinch" edition), Kelsey Venter, Randall Dodge, Geno Carr, Jacob Caltrider, Nancy Snow Carr and Allison Spratt Pearce.
For more info on all of these events: (619) 234-5623 or TheOldGlobe.org.
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