Jeff Skowron, the actor playing the Grinch in this season’s production at The Old Globe, traveled to San Diego this weekend. His first day of rehearsals was yesterday. Here’s the latest dispatch from his backstage blog:

How does today compare to what you remember the first day being like last year?

It’s actually very similar to last year in that it’s just me, Logan (Young Max) and Martin (Old Max) for the first week of rehearsal. The rest of the company joins rehearsals next week. Oh and the Cindy Lous (Shea Siben returns this year with a new girl, Remy Corbin) join us on Saturday. This year is different in that we immediately began staging our scenes on the first day, when last year we spent a few days talking through the script.

Have you donned any of the costume pieces yet? Do they still fit or will you have to have new ones made?

I haven’t seen my costume yet, I just wear jeans and sneakers for rehearsal. I did have a fitting for new shoes yesterday. They traced and measured my foot because the shoes are unusual and custom made for me. Next week I’ll probably begin to use the gloves with the long fingers in rehearsal, to get used to that.

What was your schedule today?

Today I had rehearsal from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. then I came home and made phone calls until 10 p.m. It’s always hard the first day of being in a new place for a while. You’re trying to get situated and get your daily life in order but at the same time you have to be at rehearsal and leave all those concerns behind for several hours. Tomorrow I’m going to rehearsal and then joining the gym. That will make me feel better. And I have to get toothpaste, I’m out of toothpaste. I’ll see if Logan will bring me to Ralph’s.

Jeff Skowron will be writing occasional posts from backstage for the next few months while he plays the Grinch at The Old Globe. Have a question of your own for him? You can leave a comment or send me an email at or 619.325.0531. You can follow me on Twitter: @kellyrbennett.

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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