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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in. I'm also a booklover- see my reviews at
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Everybody ought to know Dr Seuss' story of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Even if you don't quite know the storyline, the Grinch has had his name immortalised in our vernacular and usually refers to a grumpy, anti-holiday type person who opposes the Christmas spirit and would like nothing more than to see it disappear.

Published over 60 years ago, the book tells the tale of The Grinch, who hates everything to do with Christmas and despises the nearby township of Who-Ville, who celebrate each year with noise, feasting and worst of all, singing! Being the dastardly character that he is, The Grinch decides to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-Ville and completely ruin their day. But he soon learns that Christmas means more to people than just tinsel and mistletoe and that removing all the tangible evidence of the holiday cannot remove the Christmas spirit that still lingers during the season.

This fantastic story has been reproduced for film and theatre countless times, and will now be tackled by the talented Medimime Productions team for their annual pantomime show, from November 17-25. Produced by staff and family members of Barwon Health, the proceeds from the shows will be donated to Heath Wing 3 at University Hospital- the Barwon Health Paediatric Ward.

The Grinch @ GPAC
The show is based on Dr Seuss' classic tale

These shows- using current and contemporary songs- are always great fun to attend, with audience participation encouraged in the form of cheers and boos (typical of your average pantomime show). The songs are always catchy, the script is always witty, and the stars- usually working in their otherwise serious medical fields- have the chance to let their hair down and show off their singing and acting talents. And let's not forget about the children who perform in these shows! Often family members of the staff, these kids are the stars of the future, and bring an extra quality to each performance. While the original story has been somewhat adapted so that more characters can be introduced, this is a fantastic opportunity to support your local health provider and, at the same time, enjoy a fun night out.

The Grinch @ GPAC

All tickets for the show are $28 each and can be purchased from Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC).

Show times are as follows:

Friday 17 November – 7.30pm
Saturday 18 November – 1pm
Saturday 18 November - 5.30pm
Tuesday 21 November – 6pm
Thursday 23 November - 6pm
Friday 24 November – 7.30pm
Saturday 25 November – 1pm
Saturday 25 November – 5.30pm
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Why? To watch a fantastic pantomime production and help support a great cause
When: Friday 17 November to Saturday 25 November, 2017
Where: GPAC, Little Malop St, Geelong, VIC
Cost: All tickets are $28 each
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