The Grinch Project hits the stage

The production by Abbotsford Children's Theatre opens Dec. 7.

What does time and the world do to someone whose heart grew three sizes in one day?

Abbotsford Children’s Theatre (ACT) examines this question in “The Grinch Project,” a play that was first produced in 2004 and has been reworked for this year’s Christmas production.

Stage manager and 15-year-old Catherine Churchill said, “Our Grinch story is really about what our society has become at Christmas – too commercialized.

“The Grinch was originally a bad guy who tried to steal Christmas.  In our play he is really the good guy, trying to get the Hoos back to a simpler time when Christmas meant stringing popcorn around a tree, a few gifts underneath it,  and a hot mug of cocoa with family.”

Abbotsford Children’s Theatre is made up of a group of nine- to 16-year-olds from various schools across Abbotsford who have auditioned for a chance to work with founder and artistic director Freddy Latham.

“I believe 110 per cent in the kids,” Latham said. “Theatre is about being encouraged to achieve your personal best.

“A talented group of actors-turned-playwrights collaborated about the storyline and characters and how to bring them to life in a creative way.  They are proud of their efforts and so am I.”

This season, Latham is joined for the first time by her daughter, Megan, an international opera singer who is the musical director.

Tickets are now on sale for shows on Dec. 7  at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 1  p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32325 South Fraser Way (in city hall).

Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door and are available now at Tourism Abbotsford on Sumas Way, The Reach Gallery Museum, and the Parks, Recreation and Culture Office on the third floor of city hall.

For online tickets and more information visit: abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org.

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