This is a good weekend to head to the theater, as many local companies are previewing or opening new shows.
Moxie Theatre is staging a new adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank."
In this story adapted by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank is portrayed as a young girl on the edge of womanhood. Based on previously unreleased writings, this show sees Anne facing both the Nazi invasion and her own changing body and emotions.
Kaetlyn Katz, a high school student from Canyon Crest Academy, plays Anne; and local actress Amy Perkins plays Anne’s sister, Margot.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 17. Moxie Theater, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando. $15 to $40; find tickets.
This whimsical musical based on the classic Dr. Seuss book is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
This year it welcomes veteran Broadway actor Edward Watts in the role of The Grinch. The show features songs "This Time of Year," "Santa for a Day" and "Fah Who Doraze."
Details: Various times and dates through Dec. 24. Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. $24 to $99; additional information.
Directed by Rosina Reynolds, the story follows a young girl finding her voice while the adults around her discover the bravery of letting go of the past. The show won a Tony award in 1991 for best book of a musical. The local production stars Sara Mahaffey, Jacob Farry and David S. Humphrey.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 24. New Village Arts, 2787 State Street, Carlsbad. $25 to $47; find tickets.