During its run at CTC in 2012, the show, directed by 2013 Ivey Award-winner Jason Ballweber, was a smashing success and subsequently toured to Manitoba, Canada. The Cat in the Hat remains a favorite in the Dr. Seuss canon, and its theatrical reincarnation is high-octane and colorful, brimming withphysical humor.
Set pieces, props and costumes are painted and created to look like the book’s illustrations and the only dialogue in the show is what is found in the book: it’s up to the director and talented cast of actors to “fill in” the story. Production director Jason Ballweber exclaims, “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. We’re having even more fun creating a load of new laughs!”
The role of Cat will be reprised by CTC acting company member Dean Holt, a performer known for hisincredible agility and physical comedy. Holt recently won an Ivey Award for his performance in If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as the hilarious, all-too-needy Mouse. 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 back in their roles as Sally and the Boy, respectively. The roles of Things 1 and 2 will be played by Ana Christine Evans and Claire Hoffman, both seen in Alice in Wonderland last season (with Evans in the title role).
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. Long the only theatre in the U.S.A. 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 gone on tours.
Says Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius, “CTC has been attracted to the work of Dr. Seuss since the beginning. 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 is being performed on the Cargill Stage. As part of CTC’s commitment to programming for ages two through eighteen, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat is recommended for ages pre-K and up. Tickets are on sale now starting at $10. For more information, visit us online at childrenstheatre.org or call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400.
Based on the book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
Directed by Jason Ballweber
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat begins May 22 and runs through July 27.
Taken from CTC’s press release