BY MARY GARRISON
The Grinch is slinking down from his mountainside cave for a special appearance in West Point.
Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in the Community Counseling gymnasium, students of the Mississippi Academy of Performing Arts will celebrate the season with their rendition of Dr. Seuss’ classic, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”
Betty Griffin, production director, academy owner and instructor, said students had been working on material for the performance for about three months, and in that time had developed a new twist on an old tale featuring ballet, tap, singing, tumbling and hip hop numbers. Griffin said students from the studio’s 15 different classes — about 60 in all — would get the chance to showcase their respective talents, with some having been double cast for both evenings.
“We have a lot of students who are taking double classes,” Griffin said. “We want to give them the chance to show off all the areas they’ve been working on instead of just restricting them to one particular number.”
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