Lifespan to present production of ‘Grinch’

Staff Report

November 4, 2013

DOBSON — Lifespan, an organization focused on empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will be presenting “How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Love That Changed Him” at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the production are available at Lifespan Creative Campus, 623 Rockford Road, Dobson, or can be ordered by calling 374-4466.

Nathan Howell, the drama and fine arts instructor at Lifespan Creative Campus, said he wrote the play as he does all of his productions, “with an added lesson written into it.”

“For this play, I took bits and pieces of the classic Dr. Seuss book and the film, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ starring Jim Carrey, and compiled them together to create our program,” Howell said. “The lesson I wanted this play to portray was not realized until the auditions began at Lifespan.

“The individuals I am blessed to work with face some of the same trials that the Grinch faced in his own young life,” he said. “Unkind words, stares and unfair judgment placed on many of our individuals at Lifespan mimic that of judgments placed on the Grinch by his classmates and towns people in the movie.”

Howell said he decided to reach out to the Special Olympics of Surry County coordinator to have that organization’s support in the production.

“They decided to join us along with the Surry Arts Council, at the Andy Griffith Playhouse on the night of the production to sell their ‘Respect is the new R word’ T-shirts.”

More information on the “Respect” message can be found at www.r-word.org.

Tickets to the Grinch production will be $5.