Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), in its second year of summer programming, is currently offering its take on “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat.”
The run began May 22 and has been extended through July 27. During its run at CTC in 2012, the show, directed by 2013 Ivey Award-winner Jason Ballweber, was a huge success and subsequently toured to Manitoba, Canada. “The Cat in the Hat” remains a favorite of the Dr. Seuss iconic children’s stories, and its theatrical reincarnation brings the book to life for children of all ages.
The adaptation by the National Theatre’s Katie Mitchell is pulled directly from the text of the beloved, rhymed story of the mischievous bow tie-wearing cat that entertains two young children stuck at home on a rainy day. The production’s design uses Seuss’ original illustrations.
“It is really amazing to be able to visit this zany show again. We are making all kinds of new discoveries about the story and having a great time rediscovering some favorite comedic moments,” said Production director Jason Ballweber. “We’re having even more fun creating a load of new laughs.”
CTC acting company member Dean Holt, a performer known for his incredible agility and physical comedy, will reprise the role of Cat. Holt recently won an Ivey Award for his performance in “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” CTC acting company member Gerald Drake returns his role as the cautious fish – the only voice of restraint against the Cat’s antics. Elise Langer and Douglas Neithercott are also back in their roles as Sally and the Boy. Langer also has a 2013 Ivey Award under her belt. This past fall, Ballweber and Langer accepted an Ivey Award for excellence for “Milly and Tillie,” which Langer co-created and Ballweber directed. Ana Christine Evans and Claire Hoffman, both seen in “Alice in Wonderland” will play the roles of Things 1 and 2.
“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” first premiered at CTC in September 2012, where it had the distinction of being the U.S. premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s adaptation.
CTC has a special relationship with Dr. Seuss. Along with being the only theatre in the U.S. with permission to develop original productions based on his works, CTC is still the only theatre in the world with the rights to “Dr. Seuss’ The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” and additionally created the theatrical version of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which has been performed on Broadway and toured nationally.
“CTC has been attracted to the work of Dr. Seuss since the beginning,” said artistic director, Peter C. Brosius. “He revolutionized children’s literature and challenged young people to thrill at the power of their own imaginations. It has been a pleasure to celebrate the insights, the humanity, and the incredible wit of Dr. Seuss by sharing his work with thousands of theatergoers over our 48 years.”
“Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” has already been extended by one week and runs until July 27 on the Cargill Stage. The show is recommended for ages pre-K and up. Tickets are on sale for $10. For more information, visit the CTC online at www.childrenstheatre.org or call (612) 874-0400.
Children’s Theatre Company is the only theater for young people to win the coveted Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre (2003). Founded in 1965, CTC is one of the 20 largest regional theater companies in the nation, named by Time Magazine as the number one theater for families in the U.S. In 2015-2016, CTC will celebrate its 50th anniversary season.