This review was for the 2014 run of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children’s Theatre Company. Watch for it again at CTC November 7, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
Regardless of whether or not you read the following review,
you’re going to want to enter our GIVEAWAY (expired) to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Children’s Theatre Company‘s production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
For one thing, the show would make a wonderful no-clutter gift for the kids in your life. (No need to tell them you won a drawing to get them.) And for another, a chance to see this classic tale come to life was the perfect way to get me in the holiday spirit — I’d imagine it would be a great start to your season as well. Find the link to enter our giveaway below.
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.
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.
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.
Recommended for: all ages. The performance lasts just under two hours including a short intermission.
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.
*** GIVEAWAY! *** To be entered into our drawing for a family 4-pack of tickets to see Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children’s Theatre Company, leave a comment on this post sharing one of your family’s favorite holiday stories (book, film, stage, etc.). We will draw a winner on Monday, November 24 at 9pm. The winner will be notified by e-mail. Good luck!