November 24, 2017
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PTC’s “Grinch” Promises Not To Be A Cookie-Cutter Christmas Production

Judy Tacyn
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November 10, 2017

When your theater production is adapted from an iconic story written 62 years ago by Dr. Seuss, with numerous stage and film adaptations including the 2000 blockbuster starring comedic giant Jim Carrey, how in the name of Christmas do you make your version unique?

“At its core, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ employs all the universal themes that everyone loves to celebrate,” said Chuck Dick, Pasadena Theatre Company artistic director. “Everyone loves to celebrate what’s good and what’s noble, and we love to watch flawed characters transform into heroes. That never gets old.”

This December, the Pasadena Theatre Company (PTC) will bring all of the festive merriment of Whoville and Mount Crumpit alive with Whobilation at the Anne Arundel Community College Humanities recital hall in Arnold.

“All of the whimsical charm of Seuss’s Whoville will be on full display,” the artistic director teased. And, naturally, costuming will be a large part of the production.

“This is a somewhat unique version of the story, so it lends itself to creative costuming,” said Christy Stouffer, assistant director, costume designer and cast member. “I have enjoyed letting my imagination go wild for some of the characters. I have used a lot of fake fur and bright colors in the costume plot, and am doing some very ‘Who’ accessorizing.”

Stouffer said that more than 80 percent of the costumes for the show were built specifically for the PTC’s production of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” With 30 people in the cast and at least two costumes for each cast member, that’s a lot of sewing, even for an award-winning garb and costume designer like Stouffer.

“The Jim Carrey movie was the inspiration for some of the costumes for the main characters, but others came purely out of my mind, based on my understanding of each character, of Whoville and of Dr. Seuss,” added Stouffer.

Dick promises vivid characters, incredible set design, festive music and a couple surprises (perhaps even the sounds of blowing hoo-hoovers or banging gar-dinkers). Intermission will be interactive; viewers can become performers by singing along with a joyous medley of everyone’s favorite holiday music.

“This is a perfect production for the Pasadena Theatre Company,” said Dick. “For our holiday productions, we look for something that captures the very essence of the holiday spirit.”

As the Grinch thought, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas - perhaps - means a little bit more!”

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at www.ptcshows.com.

“What makes a production a classic, meaning something that people want to watch over and over again, is a story that grounds us all in belief that there is good in all of humanity,” said Dick. “We truly hope that people leave our performance with renewed hope and the realization that the more we give, the more we receive.”


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