The cold-hearted Grinch, his poor dog Max, and the weird residents of Christmas-loving Whoville are ready to bring holiday cheer to Tyler in “Dr. How the Grinch Stole Christmas from Seuss.”
Presented by Pollard United Methodist Church and featuring a youth cast, performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pollard Founders Art Center Theater , 3030 New Copeland Road.
Tickets cost $ 10 and are available in advance at showtix4u.com or by calling the box office at 903-521-0069. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Many people know how the super villain Grinch became the No.1 Christmas fan thanks to Dr. Seuss’ popular children’s book and its adaptation in TV specials and film.
In fact, Arnold Sherman, director of music and fine arts at Pollard UMC, said that many can recite the opening line of the story from memory – “Everyone in Who-ville loved Christmas very much… but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who -ville, did NOT!
“Not since ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ has the start of a Christmas story been so instantly recognizable,” Sherman said in a prepared statement.
Sherman has been working with children in grades three to eight three days a week since September to bring the story to life, said Julie Muller, an administrative assistant at the church.
The performances will begin with the lead cast of a mix of Christmas songs and carols and offer the audience the chance to join in the fun.
In conjunction with the play, Pollard is hosting the “Lunch with Santa Claus” from 8 am to 11 am on Saturdays in the church gymnasium. Tickets for this cost $ 5 or $ 20 for a family of five.
The cast includes Vincent Hagan, Lilly Boulden, Breezy Bishop, Zane Lee, Zephan Lee, Zoe-Paige Lee, Violet Schomerus, Q’orianka Wvalle, Evy Suberbielle, Chylar Whorton, Josh Medcalf, Conleigh Burgess, MaKenzie Benton, Aracely Perez, Alyssa Calaway and Juliette Orta.