“It’s fun to have fun, you just have to know how.” And this spring, the Seattle Children’s Theater’s production of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat will show you the way to have some wild and wacky fun. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at the door, you’ll know this mischievous cat’s fun is never done. Read on to find out why this latest show at the Seattle Children’s Theater does not disappoint, no not at all, it does not disappoint, not at all.

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Who’s in the Spotlight?
Devoted fans of Dr. Seuss will be delighted to see all of their fave characters in this latest production. Characters include The Cat in the Hat, Sally, her brother and of course Thing 1 and Thing 2, along with pet Fish (who provides a handful of laughs through creative hand-puppetry by Allen Galli).

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Seusstastical
Audience of all ages will enjoy the imaginative, whimsical sets which feature bold, bright colors bringing the book to stage in a larger-than-life fashion. And the true-to-the-book costumes are exactly as you’d imagine Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sally and of course The Cat in the Hat appearing in real life. To quote The Cat himself, “You find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.”

Like the Book 
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, interestingly his first children’s book, not only offers a soothing rhyming story for toddlers, but with only 236 words, the physical book is a fantastic beginning-level read. And just like the book, Seattle Children’s Theater’s version continues to drive home themes of creativity, imagination and responsibility.

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Tip Your Hat
Directed by Linda Hartzell, The Cat in the Hat ends the eight show season and is the sendoff for Hartzell as she steps down after 32 years as Artistic Director at SCT. Chad Kelderman reprises his starring role as The Cat, with Trick and Amy Danneker playing siblings and Mickey Rowe and Adria LaMorticella as Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Did You Know?
Theodor Seuss Giesel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, while not technically a doctor, graduated from Dartmouth, and went on to Oxford University in London where he studied literature with hopes of becoming a professor. But through the coaxing of his classmate turned wife, Ted realized his true passion was drawing. Dr. Theophrastus Seuss was the name he signed his works (originally as a magazine cartoonist) which was the name of his favorite stuffed toy.

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Good to Know
This whimsical show runs through May 22, with performances on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Running time is approximately 45 minutes and is fast-paced and fun, yet short enough for the 3-to-5-year-old crowd. The show also contains plenty of action and antics to entertain more mature theater-goers and older sibs in tow.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-441-3322
Online: sct.org
Tickets: sct.org/Shows/2015-2016-Season/Dr-Seuss-The-Cat-in-the-Hat

Dates: Through May 22, 2016
Cost: $22 & up
Ages: 3 & up

Special Showings:
ASL-interpreted performance: Sat. May 7 at 2 p.m.
Sensory-friendly performance: Sat. May 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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— Jennifer B. Davis