Vampires for Christmas?
With his HBO show True Blood on hiatus – and his August wedding to costar Anna Paquin still a fresh memory – Stephen Moyer plans to read the classic children’s tale Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at Universal Studios Hollywood for a special Dec. 11 live performance, a rep for Universal tells PEOPLE.
The event will kick off the theme park’s 18-day Grinchmas celebration. Besides Moyer, who plays True Blood‘s vampire Bill Compton, the reading will also feature the Grinch’s faithful dog Max, a heap of (through Hollywood magic) fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” on the original sets where the 2000 live-action Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring Jim Carrey, was filmed.
The Dr. Seuss story, first published in 1957, tells of the bitter Grinch who burgles Whoville and takes the Christmas presents. (Spoiler alert: It ends happily.)
Other names set to follow in Moyer’s frosty footsteps will be actor Jeffrey Tambor, who played the Mayor of Whoville in the movie (he’ll read Dec. 12); Brandy (Dec. 18); and Joey Lawrence and Alfred Hitchcock star Tippi Hedren (Dec. 20). Universal will announce additional celebrity readers in the weeks to come.
Meanwhile, a statement from the theme park says that, besides the reading, Grinchmas will also contain “a whimsical, curving Grinchmas tree 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered Grinchmas winter wonderland [and] a nightly tree-lighting ceremony that will feature a colorfully costumed Whoville choir caroling and spreading holiday cheer.” Or frights.