The Old Globe Presents “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

| November 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

The full cast and creative team for the 26th annual production of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” has been announced. Globe Resident Artist James Vásquez (The Old Globe’s Hair, The Merry Wives of Windsor) directs San Diego’s yuletide favorite musical once again with Andrew Polec reprising his role as The Grinch. The production will run from November 8 to December 31, 2022, with the opening on Sunday, November 12 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Tickets are now on sale at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), and in person at The Old Globe’s Box Office in Balboa Park.

The Grinch features a book and lyrics by Timothy Mason and music by Mel Marvin. The original production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was conceived and directed by Jack O’Brien, with additional lyrics by Theodor S. Geisel, additional music by Albert Hague, and original choreography by John DeLuca.

“After a record-breaking 25th year of the mean Mr. Grinch entertaining San Diego in 2022, we are thrilled to announce the 26th return of a show that has become central to the holidays in San Diego,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. “The Grinch and the genius of Dr. Seuss have brought boundless joy to our region through a show that spreads beauty and deep feeling even as it reminds us that community and belonging are the essence of the holiday season. We are pleased to welcome back to our stage the extremely gifted Andrew Polec, who heads a talented company including new faces and returning veterans. Once again, this magical and transporting show will be meaningful and fun for the entire family.”

Principal cast members for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! include Andrew Polec as The Grinch, Tommy Martinez as Young Max, Steve Gunderson as Old Max, and, alternating in the role of Cindy-Lou Who, Arden Elise Johnson (Pink Team) and Iris Manter (Red Team).

Rounding out the cast of The Grinch are Noah Rivera as Papa Who, Ariella Kvashny as Mama Who, Larry Raben as Grandpa Who, and Bets Malone as Grandma Who; alternating in the role of Annie Who are Kennedy Harrington (Pink Team) and Kaia Wood (Red Team); alternating in the role of Betty-Lou Who are Nia Castro (Pink Team) and Amani Solorio (Red Team); alternating in the role of Boo Who are Faizi Mahalingam (Red Team) and Jayden Polliard (Pink Team); alternating in the role of Danny Who are Logan Hollis (Pink Team) and Kyle Tucker (Red Team); and alternating in the role of Teen Who are Jad Marrewa (Red Team) and Milla Toker (Pink Team).

The Grown-Up Who Ensemble includes Summer Broyhill, Berto Fernández, Jacob Haren, Patricia Jewel, Liliana Rodriguez, and Lance Arthur Smith.

The Little Who Ensemble includes Esme Cuaresma (Pink Team), Maisy Cuaresma (Pink Team), Gia Glenn (Red Team), Alina Mari Panganiban (Pink Team), Eli Pletner (Red Team), Melvin Matthew Pluciennik (Pink Team), Ella Washington (Red Team), and Juliet Weaver (Red Team).

This season’s production features additional choreography by Bob Richard and music direction by Elan McMahan. The Grinch creative team also includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Robert Morgan (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Melanie Chen Cole (sound design), Anita Ruth (orchestrator), Joshua Rosenblum (vocal arrangements and incidental music), David Krane (dance music arranger), Caparelliotis Casting and Kim Heil, CSA (casting), and Jess Slocum (production stage manager).

For additional information about “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, visit

(from left) Larry Raben as Grandpa Who, Bets Malone as Grandma Who, Katie Sapper as Mama Who, and Kevin Hafso Koppman as Papa Who in Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 2019. Photo by Jim Cox.

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