How a CCM Alumnus Helped the Grinch Steal Christmas

CCM alumnus Albert Hague in his Marina Del Rey living room in 1998.

CCM alumnus Albert Hague in his Marina Del Rey living room in 1998.

Did you know that CCM alumnus Albert Hague (CCM, 42) composed “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” as an audition piece to win the job scoring the 1966 TV movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

UC Magazine‘s Deborah Rieselman interviewed Hague in 1997 and got the inside scoop on how this now-iconic song came together. You can read the 2001 feature article here.

When Jim Carrey made the story into a full-length feature film in 2000, Hague’s song and much of his score accompanied the movie, and he was listed in the credits.

In honor of the season, you can enjoy an excerpt from How the Grinch Stole Christmas below:

Hague was also well known for playing the role of Mr. Shorofsky, the music teacher, in the TV series Fame from 1982-87. In addition, his musical Plain and Fancy, a story set among the Amish of Pennsylvania, is performed all year long, and has been for decades, in Nappanee, Ind.

Hague passed away in November of 2011 at the age of 81.

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CCM Visiting Professor of Scenic Design Shares Her Holiday Favorites

Tamara Honesty

CCM's Tamara Honesty, photographed in the CCM Scene Shop. Photography by Ashley Kempher.

‘Tis the season for TV holiday programming – movies that can make us laugh and weep. There are the classics that take us back to our childhood as well as the comedies that put the “fun” in dysfunctional families.

Tamara Honesty, a visiting professor of scenic design at CCM, reveals some of her personal favorites that she’s looking forward to seeing during the month of December:

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