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'The Grinch' musical returns to Fike High
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'The Grinch' musical returns to Fike High
Tree will take center stage again this season




Families will take time from their busy December schedules to see "The Grinch” this weekend.

Hunter’s Dance presents the musical starting tonight at Fike High School.

Last year, more than 6,000 people saw the annual production, and many will be back to see what Hunter Peebles and her students have added to this year’s show.

Jeremy Tucker is musical director for "The Grinch,” which features Fletcher Duke returning in the title role. Wesley Pridgen plays Max, Josh Batts is narrator, and Sarah Peterson is returning as Cindy Lou Who.

In addition to those favorite characters, also returning will be a favorite stage decoration.

Last year, Culbreth Spivey decorated the 12-foot Christmas tree that adorned the stage, and he agreed to do it again this year.

Spivey, who owns Creations by Culbreth in downtown Wilson, also travels to Christmas venues with a mobile store stocked with bows and garlands, ornaments, stockings and other adornments for the Christmas season.

So why does he take time from this busy holiday season and donate his talents for this show?

He said he was excited to be asked last year. It made him feel like he was part of Wilson to be included in this new Wilson Christmas tradition. And he was glad to do it again this year.

"The Grinch” will be presented tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Fike High School.

Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Hunter’s Dance, Gracie’s, Hilton’s or at the door if still available.
Last week, in his Tarboro Street shop, Spivey said he wasn’t certain how this year’s "Grinch” tree would turn out, but it would be whimsical and fun. He designs as he works.

"I just let it flow as if I’m creating a piece of art,” he said.

Peebles recalled how last year, he decorated the tree while the dancers rehearsed around him.

"He works so calmly,” she said. "He’s just back there in his own little world.”

Spivey loves this time of year, and he especially enjoys decorating for others or providing items that customers can use in their own holiday celebration.

"It’s still the joy of doing it,” he said. "I just get excited because they get excited.”

If the buzz over last year’s tree is any indication, the audience members will be excited all over again this week when they see the show.

Peebles said that last year, when the curtain opened, she could hear the gasps in the audience when the tree was revealed.

For Peebles, "The Grinch” is more than a dance and musical production.

"This is like our Christmas gift to Wilson,” she said.

It’s also a big part of her own Christmas celebration, with her whole family involved in the show.

She said she really tries to enjoy it, even though it’s hectic.

"It really has become my Christmas,” she said.

lisa@wilsontimes.com | 265-7810
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Big Fan said...

Love Culbreth's store! If you haven't visited recently you should head downtown this weekend and take a look. My family always finds something unique to give as hostess or teacher gifts.

Friday, December 14, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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