How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Review
Today we experienced a beloved tradition in San Diego, the performance at the Old Globe Theater of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This year is their 15th anniversary of the performance, and this afternoon was a special performance. It was the autism friendly matinee performance.
Going into the play, I was a little concerned about the performance. I've seen the holiday special which is 30 minutes (or 23 minutes), and I've seen the movie (which I did not like). I was concerned it would be too much like the movie. But, as it was live theater, I really wanted to like it. And I didn't. I loved it.
The Old Globe theater is small, and very cozy. It's smaller than my high school stage, making it a more intimate experience with the performance. Different in this production compared to their normal productions would be the lower sound volume and house lights up slightly. Also, there were more seats available for people to move about during the performance if necessary, separated sensory areas for those who need it, and free toys for the kids.
When we walked into the theater, the certain was decorated as the inside jacket of the hardcover book. The kids settled in fairly well, though our youngest was a little squirmy. It was exciting for our oldest to hear the orchestra tune up, as I pointed out the clarinet, he giggled. Before the performance, the San Diego Autism Society presented the Old Globe a plaque to thank them for their dedication and contribution to the autism community.
Then it started. The Old Max came onto the stage, and opened the performance. Then the Who's came on, singing about how much they loved Christmas. We then meet Young Max, and finally the Grinch. Our eldest loved him. He did an amazing performance, both he and Max. The whole cast was fabulous, making the performance amazing!Continued on the next page