Seth Bazacas Back In How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sometimes a player just has to get down on all fours, says actor Seth Bazacas.

monster and dog

Photo: IU Auditorium

The fearsome Grinch with Seth Bazacas as his his faithful dog, Max.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, original score by Mel Marvin,


Thu and Fri November 15 and 16, 2012 at 7 pm

A new tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas getting underway at the IU Auditorium brings actor Seth Bazacas back to Bloomington. Bazacas played Huck Finn in last March’s Cardinal Stage Company production Big River.

The busy actor plays the part of young Max. Max is the Grinch’s dog and best friend. Bazacas says that his approach to the new role is quite different than it was for playing Huck. “Huck is very concerned with real ethical decisions about slavery,” notes Bazacas. “I spent a lot of time with his thinking. It was a sort of inside out look. For Max, it was mostly a physical approach. I spent a lot of time watching dogs to see how they actually act.”

The actor’s gymnastic and dance skills were very much on display as he played Huck in Big River. “Yes and the choreographer for How the Grinch Stole Christmas has picked up on those as well,” he says.  “With a very clever costume that has Max sometimes on four and sometimes on two legs there are some pretty intricate athletic sequences in this show as well.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas plays Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16, 2012 at 7 pm in the IU Auditorium

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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