Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children’s Theatre Company

The Grinch is back in 2018. Reed Sigmund returns as the Grinch and you can expect much of the same great show as last year with some new features that we don’t want to give away.


photo by Kaitlin Randolph

It was a cold date night
And without a hint of a grimace
I held my husband’s hand
at  How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

That mean, old Grinch
starts out alone and sore
But your love for him
will grow three times bigger than before.

-Gianna Kordatzky

Of course, the Grinch (when we first encounter him, that is) would rather we leave the theater scorning everything about Christmas. That’s precisely what he’s been doing from his icy mountaintop cave for more than half a century. His only companion is his poor pooch Max, a closet Christmas fan and forced accomplice when the Grinch decides he’s going to rob the holiday from his neighbors in Whoville.

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FFTC received two free tickets to review the show but all opinions are 100% my own.

You’ve likely read of the Whos, a people with a passion for Christmas, in the pages of Dr. Seuss’ story. My favorite part of the show was watching these characters pop out of the story and onto the stage — in bright candy colors, singing, dancing, shopping frenetically for last-minute gifts. There are gentler moments among the Whos as well, proving that despite what the Grinch mistakenly believes, these families know the true meaning of Christmas.


photo by Kaitlin Randolph

Many kids are familiar with the story of the Grinch, and this works to the stage show’s advantage. (I recommend reading the book with younger children ahead of time to introduce them to the characters). Instead of being concerned with keeping children’s attention on the plot, the characters get to shine! The Grinch (Reed Sigmund) is awesomely over the top with his sickly green shag coat and passionate hostility toward Christmas (he might even frighten a toddler or two). We loved the tale’s twist of having an elderly Max (the dog) narrate the story as though it happened to his master many years ago. And Cindy-Lou Who — the tiny Who daughter — is a stand-out with her angelic voice and message of what Christmas is truly about.

2018 Fun Idea to Stretch the Night – Stop at IHOP (Kids Eat Free Every Day). For a limited time, they have a Grinch-inspired menu. I’m not sure how long promotion lasts.

Recommended for: all ages. The performance lasts just under two hours including a short intermission. Joy Here: Usually CTC’s age recommendations are spot on, but you may need to take “all ages” with caution on this one. My almost-3-year-old started crying as soon as the Grinch appeared, and I had to take her out. CTC has a “quiet room” where things are less intense, but that did not reduce the scare factor enough to stay. If you have a sensitive child, the appearance of the Grinch may be too scary.

Highlights: Reed Sigmund as the Grinch is 100% incredible.  He isn’t bound by the confines of the stage in more than one way!  He was definitely my favorite character. Natalie Tran as Young Max and Dean Holt as Old Max carry the story along.  I love how Max is fiercely loyal as well as stricken with grief over Grinch’s attitude. The audience participates in the story –willingly or unwillingly.  Other than old Grinchy-poo, my favorite characters were Grandma Who and Grandpa Who.

The Peters family would agree that Reed Sigmund stole this show. My husband said it was the best CTC show he’s ever seen. My boys, who struggle with sitting still for full shows, thought it was probably the shortest show they’ve ever seen at CTC. (It wasn’t. It’s almost 2 full hours).


photo by Kaitlin Randolph

Also, the casting was incredibly diverse!  Whos can be any color.  And they are EVERY color.

We really liked that this version sticks closer to the book than the movie version.

Directions & Parking: Children’s Theatre Company is located at 2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404. Parking is available in the adjacent Minneapolis Institute of Arts ramp for $6/5 hrs. There is also free street parking within a block of the theater.

Showtimes: November 6, 2018 through January 6, 2019.


photo by Kaitlin Randolph


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    It’s our time to reflect, usually with nature on our side, about everything.

    Then we come home and PRESENTS!!!!

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    We are going to check out Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at the Stages theater this year.

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    He also had a life size Santa that danced and sang that he put in the corner in the living room every year. Santa was great! The kids stared in awe at him as he sang his jolly songs. Dad always made the holiday’s come to life. His life was taken way too soon, and I now cherish all the memories I have of him.

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    Thank you!

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  • I remember when I was four years old on Christmas Eve I heard a noise coming from downstairs. So I flung out of bed and slowly came down the stairs and saw santa putting all the presents under the tree. From that moment on I believed in the that miracles could happen.

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