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Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
Best enjoyed by everyone
Approximately two hours, with one 20-minute intermission

A Children’s Theatre Company Original Production

A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love. It’s the smallest of the Whos tiny Cindy Lou, who extends a hand. Through the combination of kindness and community, we witness not only a change in the course of Who-History, but also the size and capacity of the old green guy’s heart.

Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Calendar
Reed Signmund
Reed Sigmund | The Grinch
Reed is currently celebrating his 19th season at CTC and has appeared in numerous productions, including: The Wizard of Oz; HONK!; Dr. Seuss’s Seussical The Musical; A Year with Frog and Toad; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; Romeo & JulietBert and Ernie, Goodnight!Cinderella; Robin HoodBabe, the Sheep-Pig; AnnieMercy Watson to the Rescue!; Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas!; Alice in Wonderland; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Shrek the Musical; Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical;  Pinocchio, Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; and Corduroy. When not performing on the CTC stage, Reed and his darling wife Autumn can be found frolicking with their three little gentlemen: Sawyer, Sullivan, and Kermit. 
Dean Holt
Dean Holt | Associate Director, Old Max
Dean is a member of CTC’s Resident Acting Company (1994 – present) and has appeared in countless memorable productions over the last 24 years. Favorite productions include: Reeling; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; Romeo and Juliet;and Cinderella, to name just a few. He loves the creative collaboration that goes into each show and the willing imaginations of audience members young and old. He is the recipient of two Ivey Awards (Reeling and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) and the Alumni Achievement Award from St. John’s University for work in his field. You can next see Dean in CTC’s upcoming production of The Hobbit and he is thrilled to be taking another journey into Whoville.
Natalie Tran
Natalie Tran | Young Max
Natalie returns to Whoville for the fourth time, having played Cindy-Lou Who in 2012 and 2014 and Young Max in 2017. She also appeared in Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; The Abominables; and The Wizard of Oz. Other credits include Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Latté Da, Theater Mu, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Artistry, Second Fiddle, Mixed Precipitation, and Lyric Arts.
Dwight Leslie
Dwight Leslie | JP Who
Dwight is very excited to return to CTC and continue making magic. He was a 2017 Performing Apprentice and credits include The Wiz; Corduroy; Last Stop on Market Street; Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (CTC); Mamma Mia! (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts); Hair (Enlightened Theatrics); Next to Normal (New Theatre in the Square); World of Wonder (Matt Davenport Productions); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Rock of Ages (McLeod Summer Playhouse); Godspell; Mary Poppins; Beauty and the Beast;and Once on This Island (Gainesville Theatre Alliance).
Autumn Ness
Autumn Ness | Mama Who
Happy Wholidays! Autumn is so excited to be celebrating her 19th season as a member of the CTC Acting Company! Some favorite roles include the Stepmother in Cinderella; Bagheera in The Jungle Book; Mom in Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Musical; Fiona in Shrek The Musical; The Queen of Hearts in Alice in WonderlandThe Biggest Little House in the Forest; Mrs. Cobb in Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; A Wrinkle in Time; Lily St. Regis in Annie; The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet; White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; PROM; and Mississippi Panorama. When not onstage, Autumn is making merry with her Non-Grinchy husband Reed, and their two boys. Autumn is the 2018 recipient of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, and a member of Actors Equity Association.  
Max Wojtanowicz
Max Wojtanowicz | Grandpa Who, Understudy The Grinch
Max works as an actor and writer all over the Twin Cities. Previous CTC credits include Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; Shrek The Musical; Cinderella; and Dr. Seuss’s The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Other stage work includes Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Jungle Theater, Nautilus Music-Theater, and Theater Latté Da. Happy holidays!
Janet Hanson
Janet Hanson | Grandma Who
Janet spent the holidays at CTC in 2015 performing in The Wizard of Oz. Aside from many additional CTC credits, she performs in plays and musicals throughout the Twin Cities and has worked with The History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, Bucket Brigade Theater, and Theatre Latté Da.
Audrey Mojica
Audrey Mojica | Cindy-Lou Who
Audrey is thrilled to be making her CTC debut in Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Previous productions include Annie (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts); Peter Pan JR.; Mary Poppins; and The Wizard of Oz (Lundstrum Performing Arts). Audrey loves singing and dancing, eating avocado rolls, making slime, and practical jokes!
Alexcia Thompson
Alexcia Thompson | Betty-Lou Who, Understudy Mama Who, Grandma Who
Alexcia is a 2018 – 2019 Performing Apprentice at CTC. She has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Howard University. Alexcia has enjoyed roles in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Howard University); Next to Normal (Bayou Theatre Company); Jane Eyre; Pericles; and The Tempest (Sweet Tea Shakespeare).
Rowin Breaux
Rowin Breaux | Danny Who
Rowin is a 2018 – 2019 Performing Apprentice at Children’s Theatre Company. He has enjoyed roles in The Boyfriend; The Disappearance of Daniel Hand; The Robber Bridegroom; and The Changeling at Idyllwild Arts Academy, and since moving to Minneapolis in August of 2017, has been involved in multiple performances, most notably playing Benny Southstreet in Lyric Arts’ Production of Guys and Dolls.
Louisa Darr
Louisa Darr | Annie Who
Louisa is thrilled to make her debut on Children Theatre Company’s mainstage. Louisa most recently performed in Yellow Tree Theatre’s Still Dance the Stars. She has also appeared twice in Guthrie Theater’s A Christmas Carol and debuted in their production of South Pacific. Louisa has also performed with Stages Theatre Company, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Children’s Theatre Company’s Theater Arts Training, Valley View Middle School Thespians, and the Hyde Park School of Dance in Chicago.  Louisa is currently a ninth-grader at Edina High School.  She enjoys dance and reading.
Lillian Hochman
Lillian Hochman | Brother Boo, Mini Max
Lillian is making her Children’s Theatre Company debut in Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Previously, Lilly was thrilled to perform in the production of Annie at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Tarzan; The Little Mermaid; Titanic; Pirates of Penzance; and Merrily We Roll Along (Minnetonka Theatre).
Silas Leer
Silas Leer | Who Boy, Mini Grinch, Understudy Brother Boo, Mini Max
Silas is thrilled to be making his CTC debut! He has previously performed in A Christmas Carol; The Miracle Worker; and The King’s New Clothes at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Silas is a fourth-grader at Greenvale Park Elementary. He plays the piano and loves to read--especially his new Harry Potter boxed set! Silas can frequently be found listening to Hamilton; Dear Evan Hansen; and any other Broadway musical soundtracks he can find. “Thanks Mom and Dad for all the driving to and from CTC!”
Dallas Downey
Dallas Downey | Who Boy
This is Dallas’ first time in a Children’s Theatre Company production. Last year, he was in Dr. Seuss’s Seussical The Musical at Perpich Arts High School. He’s participated in Stages Theatre Company acting camps and acted in plays at his grandparents’ church. Dallas models and participates in his school’s band and choir.
Gerald Drake
Gerald Drake | Who Man
Gerald has been a member of CTC’s Acting Company for 48 years. Among his favorite roles are
the Stepmother in early productions of Cinderella; Long John Silver in Treasure Island; Fagan in Oliver Twist; Mr. Toad in Wind in the Willows; Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet; and Afar the Angel in A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Gerald has toured to and performed in Munich, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Moscow. He is a recipient of a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship. Married 50 years to his wife Kathie, they have two daughters, Kelly and Kristina, and he lives out his drumming fantasy by watching his son, Bobby, play in The Hold Steady. His grandson Leo has already seen several productions and has a costume closet of his own creations.
Austen Fisher
Austen Fisher | Who Man, Grinch Double, Understudy Old Max, Grandpa Who, JP Who, Dance Captain
Austen is ecstatic to be returning to Children's Theatre Company for his second production of Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! After graduating from the University of Minnesota/B.F.A. Guthrie Actor's Training Program, he has enjoyed working with such organizations as the Nebraska Suicide Prevention Society, Guthrie Theater, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Comedysportz, and (of course) CTC. Austen is an improviser and musical director, as well as an actor, and can be seen doing a plethora of artistic endeavors all over the Twin Cities.
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Ella Freeburg
Ella Freeburg | Who Girl, Understudy Cindy-Lou Who
Ella made her theatrical debut when she was cast as Gracie Shinn in Guthrie Theater’s rendition of The Music Man at the age of 9. She has since appeared in two productions of A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie, The Nether at Jungle Theater, and several commercials and short films. Classically trained in ballet, Ella has performed in multiple productions with the Twin Cities Ballet including The NutcrackerBeauty and the BeastCinderella 1944; and Narnia. In addition to her passions for acting and dance, Ella enjoys figure skating and spending time with her family and friends.
Peder Lindell
Peder Lindell | Who Boy, Understudy Young Max
Peder is thrilled to be back at CTC after last season’s production of The Abominables!Other theater and opera credits include The Boy and Robin Hood (Trademark Theater); Gianni Schicchi (University of Minnesota Opera); Orphan Train (History Theatre); Gypsy (Theater Latté Da); On Golden Pond (Jungle Theater); Big Fish; Albert Herring; Street Scene (Saint Olaf College); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; La Bohème; Hansel and Gretel (Lakes Area Music Festival); Oliver (Northfield Arts Guild); and A Charlie Brown Christmas (Paradise Center for the Arts). Peder will be a tenth-grader at Northfield High School. When not performing, he loves to do photography, play soccer and ultimate frisbee.
Emmanuel Lopez
Emmanuel (Manny) Lopez | Who Boy
Manny has enjoyed roles in several CTC Theatre Arts Training productions and is a member of the Minneapolis Youth Chorus. He has appeared in Through the Eyes of an Orphan (Minnesota Opera); Fidgety Fairy Tales (Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health). He is also a student at Folwell Performing Arts School.
Nasir Lord
Nasir Lord | Who Man
Nasir Lord is a junior at South High School and is excited to debut in his first play, Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! A featured dancer at Les Jolies Petites School of Dance, Nasir is also a lead dancer and choreographer for the dance group “Trndsttrz.”
Liliana McQueen
Liliana McQueen | Who Woman
Liliana has enjoyed roles in A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater); I Love You Stinky Face (Stages Theatre Company); and productions at school and church. She has also performed in dance shows and recitals in Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Hip-Hop styles.
Arden Michalec
Arden Michalec | Who Girl, Understudy Annie Who
Arden is honored to debut at CTC. Her recent productions include Coco’s Diary (History Theatre); over 10 performances at Stages Theatre Company, including The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, for which she won two Minneapolis Broadway World Awards; and the upcoming film Ouroboros. She would like to thank her family and friends.
Greta Nackerud
Greta Nackerud | Who Woman, Understudy Grinch Double, Assistant Dance Captain
Greta is returning to CTC for her second time in Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Greta is a senior at St. Louis Park High School, where she was recently seen on stage in Philadelphia Story; Cinderella; Anatomy of Gray; and Sense and Sensibility. She has also enjoyed roles in Goodnight MoonOne Dog CanoeBear Snores OnNumber the StarsAnnie JR.; Twinkle, Twinkle Little StarMagic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans (Stages Theatre Company); and Anne of Green Gables, The Musical (Bethel University). When not seen on stage, Greta can be found doing lots of homework. She would like to thank you for coming to see the show!
Micah Opseth
Micah Opseth | Who Man
Micah is thrilled to be a part of Children’s Theatre Company’s Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! His theater history includes roles in The Music Man; Singin’ in the Rain; Dr. Seuss’s Seussical The Musical (Twin Cities Homeschoolers for the Arts); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Eagan Summer Community Theater); Les Misérables (Purple Door Youth Theater); and Shrek The Musical (Black Dirt Theater). In his spare time, Micah enjoys composing piano music, hanging with family and friends, and working at Caribou Coffee. He would like to thank Children’s Theatre Company for this wonderful opportunity and his parents for their continuous love and support.
Mari Peterson-Hilleque
Mari Peterson-Hilleque | Who Girl, Understudy Mini Grinch
Mari is thrilled to be in her first CTC performance. She enjoyed performing in Annie at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Fidgety Fairy Tales (Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health). She has trained at Circus Juventas, Lundstrum Performing Arts, and Blue Tree Music Education Center.
Will Schmitt
Will Schmitt | Who Man, Understudy Danny Who
Will is thrilled to be making his CTC mainstage debut! Credits include: The Uses of Enchantment; Jason and the Golden Fleece (CTC Theatre Arts Training’s Junior Company); Shrek The Musical; Mary Poppins (Lundstrum Performing Arts); Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia (Mixed Precipitation); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Charlie Brown Christmas; The Littlest Angel (Youth Performance Company). Will would like to thank his parents for constantly supporting him throughout his theatre journey!
Symphonie Whitted
Symphonie Whitted | Who Woman, Understudy Betty-Lou Who
Symphonie has enjoyed roles in Fidgety Fairy Tales (Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health); Hairspray JR. (Youth Performance Company); Shrek The Musical JR.; Annie JR.; James and the Giant Peach JR. (CTC Theatre Arts Training); Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!; and Last Stop on Market Street (Children’s Theatre Company). She is currently in Institute, CTC’s four-year pre-professional training program.

Peter C. Brosius | Artistic Director, Director
Peter has directed the world premieres of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; The Last Firefly; Seedfolks; The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats; Animal Dance; Reeling; Anon(ymous); The Biggest Little House in the Forest; Balloonacy; and many others, all of which were commissioned and workshopped through CTC’s new play development efforts. His awards and honors include TCG’s Alan Schneider Director Award, Sara Spencer Award for Artistic Achievement, and a 2013 Ivey Award for Best Director. Previously, he was the Artistic Director of the Improvisational Theatre Project at The Mark Taper Forum, a resident director at the Sundance Theatre Institute, and Artistic Director of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Peter is married to writer Rosanna Staffa and is the father of Daria and Gabriel.

Linda Talcott Lee | Choreographer
Linda’s choreographic credits include: Mulan JR.; Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!; Cinderella (Children’s Theatre Company); Romeo and Juliet (Guthrie Theater); Beauty and the Beast (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts); A Servants’ Christmas; Hormel Girls (History Theatre); Damn Yankees; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Annie Get Your Gun (Fireside Dinner Theatre); Baker’s Wife; Next to Normal; Thoroughly Modern Millie; City of Angels (Artistry); Under the Gaslight; Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway (University of Minnesota Centennial Showboat). She was awarded an Emmy for her choreographic work in The Comedy Hall of Fame with Jason Alexander and is a Broadway veteran.

Victor Zupanc | Conductor, Music Director, Sound Designer
Victor is credited with approximately 300 productions as Composer, Musical Director, and Sound Designer throughout the country and in China, Japan, South America, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, winning many awards and honors. He received a 2016 Ivey Award for his work in CTC’s Pinocchio. Victor often composes for orchestras and choirs and his music is heard on NPR, as well as in several films. This is Victor’s 28th season as Music Director at CTC. Favorite CTC composing credits include: Cinderella; The Monkey King; Korczak’s Children; Romeo and Juliet; Balloonacy; The Jungle Book; Huck Finn; Pinocchio, and many others.

Tom Butsch | Scenic Designer
After designing more than 60 shows at Chanhassen, productions at Actors Theater of Minnesota, Mixed Blood, The Cricket, Arizona Theatre Company, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, and CTC, he moved to California. TV credits include art director for Diff’rent Strokes and Silver Spoons. As a Senior Art Director for Disneyland Creative Entertainment from 1987 to 2011, he designed events, parades, film premieres and shows including Fantasmic!; Snow White; Disney’s Princess Fantasy Faire; Animazement!, shows for Tokyo Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and productions at Radio City Music Hall, the New Amsterdam Theatre, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and several Rose Parade floats. 

David Kay Mickelsen | Costume Designer
David has designed more than 400 productions at many theaters, including Guthrie Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ford’s Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Geffen, Pasadena and Laguna Playhouses, The Old Globe, Studio Arena Theatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and The Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. He has an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, is the Vice Chairman of the Western Region of United Scenic Artists. Originally from Canby, Oregon, David now makes his home in Long Beach, California.

Nancy Schertler | Lighting Designer
Nancy has designed the Broadway productions of Bill Irwin’s Fool Moon and Largely New York (Tony® nominated). Nancy’s CTC designs include productions of The Jungle Book; Charlotte’s Web; Ramona Quimby; Madeline and the Gypsies; Dr. Seuss’s Seussical The Musical; Reeling;and Korczak’s Children. She has designed for regional theatres across the country, including the American Conservatory Theater, Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. World premiere opera productions include Shadowboxer; Clara; and Later the Same Evening, all commissioned by the University of Maryland Opera Studio.

Sean Healey | Associate Sound Designer

Sean has worked locally with numerous organizations including Children's Theatre Company, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Jungle Theater, Guthrie Theater, Theater Latté Da, Frank Theater, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and The Moving Company. Other theatres include The New Victory Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Seattle Children's Theater, The Mark Taper Forum, Cornerstone Theater Company, The Actor's Gang, Pasadena Playhouse, and Zach Theater. Sean was the recipient of an Ivey Award in 2009. He holds a B.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts.

Craig Gottschalk | Video Designer
Projection Design credits include The Wiz; Cinderella; The Wizard of Oz. Other CTC credits include lighting designs for The Best Summer Ever; Corduroy; Animal Dance; Snowflake; and CTC’s Theatre Arts Training intensives: Chicago; Hair; Spring Awakeningbare;and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other regional credits include Mary Poppins (Artistry Theater); Blues in the NightAlways Patsy ClineBombitty of ErrorsNobody Lonesome for Me; Route 66 (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsJerry Springer the OperaKiss of the Spiderwoman (Minneapolis Musical Theatre); and King Lear (Minnesota Shakespeare Project).

Nate Stanger | Stage Manager
Nate couldn’t be happier than to be back in Whoville for the holidays! On top onf stage managing last year’s production of Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! he has assistant stage managed at CTC on the productions of The Abominables; Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches the Musical; Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical; The Jungle Book;and The Snowy Day and other stories by Ezra Jack Keats. Since graduating from the University of Minnesota, he has been fortunate enough to work with such companies as Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, and Walking Shadow Theatre Company.

Todd Kalina | Assistant Stage Manager
Todd is thrilled to return to Whoville this holiday season. CTC credits include Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet. Other Credits: Underneath the Lintel; Six Degrees of Separation; Man of La Mancha; NEXT Festival (Theater Latté Da); Familiar (Guthrie Theater); Mamma Mia!; Jesus Christ Superstar (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts); An Act of God starring Sean Hayes; the U.S. premiere of King Charles III (Airline Highway (Broadway);the world premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Between Riverside and Crazy; FOUND (Atlantic Theater Company); Signature Theatre: Angel Reapers; Manhattan Theatre Club: Of Good Stock. Other Credits: The History Theatre, The Acting Company, Giants are Small, The Juilliard School, The New London Barn Playhouse, NYMF, The Chicago Symphony, and many readings and workshops throughout the years. Television: Tony Awards, NFL Honors, Showtime at the Apollo, and Ink Master. Thanks to Nate and Jenny. Happy Holidays to all! 

Tyler Park Skone | Stage Management Intern
Tyler has been working both on and off stage for over a decade with Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! being his first professional work. He’d like to thank his sister Chelsea, his mentors Brooke Newmaster, Stephanie Isola, and Matthew Shipman for without them, he’d probably be flipping burgers at Snuffy’s.

Fiona Lotti | Assistant Director
Fiona has directed and assisted on many shows, both independently produced and at the University of Minnesota. Artistic credits include Much Ado About Nothing; God’s Ear; Park & Lake (Ten Thousand Things); and the acclaimed original play The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (JeremyTerry Productions). This is her first show with CTC.

Katie Taintor | Assistant Choreographer
Katie has enjoyed roles in Dance’ Til You Drop (History Theatre/Collide Theatrical); Dracula; Le Petit Moulin (Collide Theatrical); Mary Poppins; and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Artistry). She has choreographed for dance studios, high schools, and community theater, and is so excited to assist Linda Talcott Lee at CTC this year.

Erin Belpedio | Assistant Lighting Designer
Erin has assisted with lighting design on Akeelah and the Bee and Charlotte’s Web at Children’s Theatre Company. A Freelance Lighting Designer in the Twin Cities, her designs include, El Rhinoceros (SPCPA); Into the Woods (Worthington High School); Pippin (Mounds Park Academy); Singin’ in the Rain (GREAT Theatre); and The Last Five Years (Artistry).

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Performance Description

Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a musical performed by a large cast of adults and student actors with a live orchestra. Set, costumes, and props are elaborate. This production was created by CTC’s new play development lab in collaboration with the Dr. Seuss Estate. It features holiday songs and differs from various movie adaptations.

This production takes place on the United Health Group Stage and seats up to 745 people.

Approximate run time: 2 hours including intermission
Run time and other details are subject to change during rehearsal process.

Plot Synopsis
Be warned: This is a complete synopsis of the play, so it is full of spoilers.

We start with carolers singing as the mouth to a cave is revealed.  Old Max the dog enters, suitcase in paw, reflecting that this cave was once the home that he shared with the Grinch. The scene changes to the past with Whos singing and preparing for the Christmas Holiday. Shift to the cave, Young Max happily observes aloud that “it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.” The Grinch emerges and menacingly announces that he hates Christmas because his heart is two sizes too small. We shift to Cindy Lou Who who has completed making gifts for her family as well as something for the Grinch. She asks her family about the Grinch. While Cindy Lou wonders about him, The Grinch is imagining what Christmas morning will be like and his cave fills with nightmarish visions of opening presents and feasting. In song he explains that Christmas is annoying, loud, saccharine, and inauthentic. Meanwhile the Who’s continue to sing carols and about gifts and giving until the Grinch has a big idea – he will stop Christmas himself! Max would like to warn the Whos, but the Grinch ties him up. Back in Whoville, the Whos are shopping for their final gifts. They hustle and bustle happily in and out of shops through the snow until Cindy Lou shrieks and points at…the Grinch is right there in the middle of Whoville. The whos tentatively introduce themselves to him and even invite him to join them for Christmas in the morning. The Grinch answers appears overly enthusiastic to the discomfort of all. When he meets Cindy Lou she is too nervous to say her name, but her family insists. She introduces herself and the Grinch asks what she would like as a gift. She says she is hoping for a red rocking horse. The Grinch menacingly wishes her the best, the takes his leave to do his own shopping. He buys a red jacket and bunting and elastic and wool and returns to his cave. Once there, the Grinch crafts himself a Santa Claus costume as puts reindeer antlers on Max. The Grinch sings a song about he is the only one of his kind and he claims to be happy as a friendless loner. The Grinch ties Max to a sleigh, pack it with empty bags, cracks a whip at Max, and they take off down to Whoville. Down at the bottom of the mountain, Grandma, Grandpa, and Mama Who are place gifts around the tree. Grandpa Who, hard of hearing, keeps mishearing what the others say. The Whos sing about all the preparation for Christmas – the food, the gifts, the decorations. They sing about how happy the children will be. The Whos go to bed, the children sleeping by the fireplace and tree. From above the Who house, we hear the Grinch and Max banging and clanging. Suddenly, Max falls from the chimney into the fireplace, quickly followed by the Grinch. As the Grinch surveils all there is to take, Max begs him not to take their food, but the Grinch gleefully replies that he will take it all. He begins to stuff all the gifts, decoration, and food into his bags and as he is dragging the tree to the fireplace, Cindy Lou appears, mistaking the Grinch for Santa Claus, and asks why he is taking the tree. The Grinch thinks quickly and lies saying he is taking it back to his workshop to fix the lights. Cindy Lou thinks this is a fine answer and simply requests he have it back for the morning. Trying to get her to go away, the Grinch asks why she is not in bed. Cindy Lou begins to cry and throws herself on the Grinch for a hug explaining that she had a bad dream. She asks if he might stay and keep her company. The Grinch explains that, as Santa Claus, he has other homes to visit. Cindy Lou says she understands and assumes he’ll then be returning home to his friends and family. The Grinch says that no, Santa always spends Christmas alone. Cindy Lou is shocked by this and sings to him about belonging. She sings that regardless of where he is, she will always be thinking of him and the he belongs with her on Christmas. Something begins to change inside the Grinch and at the end of the song he fixes the light on the tree and returns it to its spot in the room. As Cindy Lou begins to return to bed, the Grinch tenderly asks he what her nightmare was about. She, feeling emboldened, proclaims it was about “that nasty old Grinch!” The Grinch immediately toughens and after Cindy Lou has let, tears the lights off the tree. The scene shifts to the next day and the Whos home is completely empty except a single log on the fire. Just then, the arm of the Grinch reaches down and snags the log leaving nothing. The scene changes to the morning as the Whos wake up on Christmas morning. The Whos explore their empty home and Cindy Lou explains that it was a “sort of a Santy Claus.” Then she tells her family that he was very lonely with no family, no friends, and no gifts. We transition to the Grinch climbing to the top of the mountain in the sleigh with Max. The Grinch is excited to hear the unhappy Whos as they wake up to their ruined Christmas. But as they sit and listen, the Whos begin singing…merrily?! The Grinch is perplexed – he took Christmas away. How could they celebrate without their stuff? The Grinch wonders if Christmas “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…Means a little bit more?” Max comforts the Grinch by explaining that as he is one of a kind, he is special. Cindy Lou reprises her song about remembering him and the Grinch is struck that although he took he Christmas, she is still thinking of him. The Grinch begins to think that perhaps being alone is missing out and he is beginning to like the Whos – so much, in fact, it hurts. And just then his heart grows three sizes. The Grinch tells Max he is wonderful, kisses him, and announces that he’ll take all the Who stuff back. The sleigh, teetering on the edge of the mountain, begins to slip over the edge just as Max and the Grinch jump in. Old Max, the narrator returns to the mouth of the cave. Packs up his suitcase and leaves the stage. Meanwhile, Who carols fill the air. The Grinch arrives in his sleigh and the Whos stand back, unsure. The Grinch, after several attempts, succeeds in wishing the Whos a Merry Christmas. All applaud and cheer. The Grinch hands out gifts to the Who from his sleigh. As he hands Cindy Lou a red rocking horse, she tells him that although the gifts are nice, the he was the most important thing missing from Christmas. Cindy Lou and the Grinch sing together about how they will always be in one another’s heart.

Content Advisories: (subject to change as the production goes into rehearsal)

Language: 1 out of 5 
Silly and made up language in the style of Dr. Seuss

Themes and Situations: 1 out of 5 
The Grinch is alone and isolated.

Violence & Scariness: 2 out of 5 
The Grinch can be scary and intimidating. He steals everything right before Christmas morning. Max (the dog) is pushed around by the Grinch and gets dragged by his tail. Gifts are broken.

Sensory Advisories: 2 out of 5 
The Grinch is a musical. There will be singing and laughing. There is a loud bang. Fog, dry ice, and haze will be used. The Grinch comes into the audience. 

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5 
The Grinch is mean to the Who’s. Max (the dog) is pushed and dragged by the Grinch. 

CTC is proud to be the beneficiary of Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House, running November 8 – December 16, 2018. A portion of proceeds from your $5 ticket—which can be purchased online or at the gift counter at Bachman’s on Lyndale—will be donated to CTC.

Visit the Holiday Ideas House to surround yourself with glad tidings, good cheer, and gorgeous greenery. Each room of this historical home is filled with inspirational decorations alongside fresh seasonal arrangements, trees, wreaths, and garlands.

Schedule a self-guided tour of the Holiday Ideas House, and unwrap unique ways to deck your halls for a dazzling season. We are grateful that 20% of Ideas House admission proceeds benefit Children’s Theatre Company and our engagement and learning programs that serve more than 93,000 young people and their communities annually.

The Holiday Ideas House, open seven days a week, is located at Bachman's on Lyndale in Minneapolis, 6010 Lyndale Ave S. Click here to purchase your tickets and support CTC!

Concessions items can be pre-ordered for the intermission of your performance by visiting the Concessions Stand during pre-show of your performance.

The Concessions Stand opens one hour prior to the start of the performance and will remain open until 15 minutes after the performance concludes.

Beer and Wine can only be purchased by an adult over the age of 21 with a valid government issued ID. We will sell one drink per adult with valid ID at a time and a maximum of two drinks per adult with valid ID per performance. Beer and Wine will be available for sale to patrons attending the current performance at Children's Theatre Company when the Concessions Stand open for pre-show sales and will cease approximately 30 minutes prior to the end of the performance.


Privacy Policy

Thank you for reviewing the privacy policy and disclaimer.

Children’s Theatre Company (“CTC”) is committed to providing a safe online experience. We collect no personally identifying information, unless you choose to provide us with that information. This statement of Privacy applies to the CTC website and governs data collection and usage. By using the CTC website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

If you visit our site to browse, read, watch videos or download, we automatically collect and store only the following information about you:
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  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages you visit
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This information is used to improve the functionality of the website—to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits. We may compile and report aggregate statistics about our users — numbers, traffic patterns, and related site information — but these statistics will include no personally identifying information. CTC is not responsible for privacy statements or other content on websites outside of CTC, including those linked from CTC’s website.


If you identify yourself by submitting mailing list, donor or ticket request forms contained in the site, we use that information only to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the material you have requested or to send you a written acknowledgment of your donation as required by law, or to verify and/or mail purchases and/or to process your ticket order.

You have the option to contact us by phone or by email ( to request that we remove your name from our mailing and/or calling and/or trade list. If you opt to be taken off our mailing list, you will receive no mail from us, including publications or special notices. If you opt to be removed from our calling list, you will receive no calls from us except when a performance is canceled. We will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. If you are not a donor and you opt to be removed from our trade list, we will not provide your name to other arts organizations that might be making special offers or anyone else.


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CTC may occasionally update our Statement of Privacy to reflect customer feedback or changing technologies. CTC encourages you to review this statement periodically.


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Under no circumstances shall CTC, its employees or contractors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages that may result in any way from your use or inability to use the information provided on this or any other web site supported or maintained by CTC or from your reliance on or use of information, services or merchandise provided on or through the web site or that result from mistakes, errors, omissions, interruptions, defects, deletion of files, delays in operation or transmission or any failure of performance. If you are dissatisfied with the information provided on this web site, or with any of the practices of the CTC in the operation of this web site, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the web site.