"The Grinch" will be performed by the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers at The Criterion Theatre on Dec. 11. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CRITERION THEATRE

Frogtown’s ‘Grinch’ to ring in holiday season

BAR HARBOR — The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers will perform “The Grinch” at The Criterion Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m.

The story is a loose retelling of the classic holiday tale with a few twists added by the local puppet troupe.

“We had a lot of fun working on our puppet version of ‘The Grinch,’ said puppeteer Erik Torbeck. “We veered off on a few tangents, including a peek into the Grinch’s childhood to explore why he is the way he is and a little late night run-in with Santa.”

The set is the largest of any Frogtown show, even requiring a ladder to get up to the Grinch’s cave. Local artist Doug McDunnah helped paint the scenery, a collaboration that aided in bringing the holiday tale to life.

“Performing at Christmastime is a blast because the audience is always in such a festive mood,” added Torbeck.

Tickets for the show cost $5 and can be purchased at www.criteriontheatre.org or at the box office an hour before the performance.

For more holiday magic, The Criterion will host a one-night-only screening of “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. following Frogtown’s performance.

Call 288-0829.

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