Theodor Geisel, known to nearly all by his pen name “Dr. Seuss,” struck a universal chord when he wrote “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” the tale of a grumpy, lonely being who tries to stop Christmas by stealing all the Christmas items from the little town of Whoville on Christmas Eve. The Grinch, with his “two sizes too small” heart, and his dog Max, live in a cave atop a mountain just outside of town. He thinks he’s gotten away with ending Christmas after escaping with all the Whos’ Christmas trimmings, but much to his surprise, instead of hearing sorrowful sounds from the village, he hears the Whos singing a song of Christmas joy.
Spoiler alert: That’s when the Grinch realizes that Christmas “means a little bit more” than material goods. His heart grows three sizes larger, he returns the gifts to the Whos, is invited to feast with them and given the honor of carving the “Roast Beast.”
“The Grinch,” an adaption of the Seuss book, will be performed by the Southern Dance Theatre Dec. 10 and 11 at the Glynn Academy Auditorium. Jill Reeves, director of the troupe, said the performance is in its sixth year.
Seventy-five dancers, ranging in age from 6 to 18, will participate in the dance performance. They auditioned for their roles in the spring.
The role of The Grinch will be played by 17-year-old Ally Meacom. Cindy Lou Who will be performed by Olivia Hulett, 15, and Max the Dog by Lucy Johnson, also 15.
Reeves said “The Grinch” holds universal appeal.
“The tale of the wicked, happy Grinch stealing the presents, and the supposed happiness of the Whos in Whoville is brought to life in a grand performance,” she said. “It’s a theatrical production that will tell the whole story with ballet, and tap elements too.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original made-for-television cartoon, which featured the late Boris Karloff as the narrator.
“The length of our production is just long enough for a young child to sit through and be entertained,” Reeves said of the hour-long performance.