Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat Returns to Tempe Center for the Arts

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat Returns to Tempe Center for the Arts
Source: Childsplay

(Tempe, Arizona) – After an incredibly successful run in 2014 and a record-breaking National Tour in 2015, Childsplay Theatre is bringing back Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat to the Tempe Center for the Arts stage.

“You can boil everything down to fun… simple and clear. The Cat wants to have fun. And so do we!” says The Cat in the Hat Director David Barker. “The show feels just as youthful and exhilarating as reading a Dr. Seuss book.”

Just like in the ever-so-famous book, from the moment the tall, red-and-white striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with The Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done!

Performances of The Cat in the Hat will be held at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, January 14 through February 19, 2017, Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and are on sale now at www.childsplayaz.orgor at the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office (480) 350-2822 (ext. 2). The play is recommended for ages 3 and up.

The 1 p.m. performance on Saturday, January 14 is a special $12 Storybook Preview performance, sponsored by The Steele Foundation. Each family that attends this General Admission preview performance will receive a free book.

SPECIAL EVENT FOR FAMILIES:  The Cat’s 60th Birthday Bash!

When:  Sunday, February 5, 2017 @ 2 p.m.

Where:  Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway

Celebrate The Cat in the Hat’s 60th Birthday with a party that includes crafts, games, snacks and meet & greet with the characters! Guests will enjoy the 4:00 p.m. performance of Childsplay’s The Cat in the Hat!
Tickets:  https://www.childsplayaz.org/CatBirthdayBash

The Cat in the Hat features Childsplay Associate Artist Jon Gentry as The Cat, Kate Haas as The Fish, Alan Khoutakoun as Thing 1, Jenny Hintze as Thing 2, Drew Swaine as Boy and Shannon Phelps as Sally. The Cat in the Hat was written by Katie Mitchell, adapted from the book by Dr. Seuss, and is directed by David Barker.


Directed by David Barker

Scenic Design:  John Emery

Costume Design:  D. Daniel Hollingshead

Lighting Design:  Jennifer Setlow

Sound Design: Christopher Neumeyer

Property Design: Jim Luther

Stage Manager:  Koryn Weiman

Childsplay’s The Cat in the Hat is sponsored by First Things First.


About Childsplay:

Childsplay, Inc. is a nonprofit theatre company of professional, adult artists who perform for and teach young audiences and their families. The mission of Childsplay is “to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood which are keys to the future.” For more information, visit www.childsplayaz.org.

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