A young cast brings “Grinch” to the stage of the Pollard Theater | @To play


The cold-hearted Grinch, his poor dog Max, and the weird Christmas-loving residents of 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 cast of young people, performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Pollard’s Founders’ Fine Arts Center Theater, 3030 New Copeland Road.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at showtix4u.com or by calling the box office, 903-521-0069. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Many people know how the super villain Grinch became the #1 Christmas fan thanks to the popular Dr. Seuss children’s book and its adaptation into TV specials and film.

In fact, Arnold Sherman, director of music and fine arts at Pollard UMC, said many can recite the first line of the story from memory – “All the Who in Who-ville loved Christmas… but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, NOT!”

“Not since ‘It was the night before Christmas’ the beginning of a Christmas tale has been so instantly recognizable,” Sherman said in a prepared statement.

Sherman has been working with children in grades three through eight three days a week since September to bring the story to life, said Julie Muller, an administrative assistant at the church.

Performances will kick off with the cast leading a medley of Christmas songs and carols and provide the audience with the opportunity to join in the fun.

In conjunction with the play, Pollard is hosting “Breakfast with Santa” from 8-11 a.m. Saturday in the church gymnasium. Tickets are $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.


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