Performances and Artists / Family Programming
Over the years, The Smith Center has proven to be family affair. From Zoppe, the Italian family circus, to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (both in 2012 and again this April), family members of all ages enjoy a night at the theater.
While usual theatre restrictions require audience members to be five or older, the Family Series is a great entrée for those a wee younger and in 2016 we welcome The Cat in the Hat as well as Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play and Clifford The Big Red Dog – Live!
Coming up first is a theater presentation of Dr. Seuss’s classic children story The Cat in the Hat performed by Childsplay, the nationally-recognized professional theatre for young audiences, on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Arguably one of the most famous children’s books of all time, Childsplay is one of only a handful of theatre companies in the United States to perform the adaptation, making this high-energy and hilarious show a “must-see” for families!
Sally and her brother, bored and inside on a rainy day, are visited by a charmingly confident cat wearing a tall hat who proceeds to create anarchy with pals Thing 1 and Thing 2, as the family Fish vainly warns of the kids’ mother’s impending return.
Originally, Theodor Geisel (who went by his pen name Dr. Seuss) wrote The Cat in the Hat primarily as a reaction to “primer” book such as the Dick and Jane series that were considered inadequate by some post-war observers of education. Geisel was already a successful author and illustrator, but The Cat in the Hat put Dr. Seuss on the path to becoming an icon and revolutionized children’s book publishing in the process. Random House launched the Beginner Books series in the wake of The Cat in the Hat, which included more titles by Geisel such as Hop on Pop.
The loquacious protagonist has been brought to life, portrayed by Mike Myers in a live-action film, and played a major role in the stage production of Seussical. Still, there may be no better way to understand the Cat’s version of “fun to have fun” than seeing the story come to life onstage.
The Cat in the Hat was a part of the 2015-2016 season.