The Grinch is back! The Minnesota Children’s Theatre is doing it again this year, they are putting on a production of Dr. Suess’s The Grinch that Stole Christmas. This is one of Peyton’s absolute favorite stories of all time. She was obsessed with the Grinch when she was younger. The last time I took her to see this production she got all decked out in a The Grinch the Stole Christmas dress and necklace! She was Grinched from head to toe. Unfortunately, she’s grown out of her dress but she hasn’t grown out of her love for the Grinch.
The Grinch that Stole Christmas opened this weekend at the Minnesota Children’s Theatre. Peyton and I took in the Friday evening performance. It is upstairs in the larger theater so plenty of seating is available. Plus I just prefer that theater over the smaller one. This one is much more comfortable for seating. Plus there is not one bad seat in the house!
Now on to the story! The Grinch that Stole Christmas production is told from the dogs perspective, he’s reminiscing about the days when he was just a pup and how the Grinch tried to steal Christmas. What I love most about this production is how it is extremely kid-friendly. While the Grinch is a cranky old Grinch he’s not a scary old Grinch. He has a sour sense of humor and can be a little menacing but he also shows a softer side, especially when the love of Cindy Lou Who melts the ice around his heart and causes it to grow 3 sizes. I think that’s my favorite part.
Reed Sigmund plays the Grinch in this product. And he does a Grinch like no other. He brings our favorite cartoon Grinch to life without losing his Grinch-like qualities that we all fell in love with on the screen. Sigmund really immerses himself in his character and it comes through in his performance. Peyton LOVED him as the Grinch.
For the littles that may have a little apprehension – the Grinch does come out into the audience at one point. But it’s a very light-hearted scene. I believe it was row I or J that he came through. So if you have a child that may be a tad scary or could startle them be sure to check with the box office. They will have more specifics and could possibly help you find a different seat.
There are also a few special performances as well –
ASL/AD Performance: Friday, December 14 at 7pm
ASL Only Performance: Sunday, December 16 at 5pm
Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, January 4 at 7pm
The Grinch that Stole Christmas runs from now until January 6th. For a full listing of all the performances log on to the Children’s Theatre, while there you can purchase tickets as well.
The Grinch runs a little over 2 hours with a small intermission halfway through. A little tip – arrive a little early and purchase your snacks before the performance starts. They’ll be sitting in a bag with your name on it for you to pick up during intermission. That way you avoid the line and get to leisurely enjoy your treats! You can also bring your own treats/snacks as well. But remember, there is no food or drink consumption permitted in the theater.