This spring, laugh and learn with SCT’s world premiere of Fire Station 7—a rollicking musical designed for the whole family. The creative, physical comedy follows alley cat Coco’s attempt to become the first fire cat (but Riaford, the resident fire dog, isn’t thrilled). Designed to educate young audiences about fire safety, this show flawlessly integrates fire safety rules with loads of creativity and plenty of laughs.

Teamwork, Courage and Lots of Laughs
When the firefighting team at Fire Station 7 discovers a frisky alley cat named Coco hiding in their truck, they waste no time in giving her the boot. But Coco’s biggest dream is to be a fire cat, and she begs Jasper, Briggs and Olive to let her stay. The trio finally allow her one shot at the job, and Coco is delighted. But being a fire cat turns out to be much harder than she thought. Still, Coco never gives up, determined to learn everything about fire safety, help in emergencies and pass her exam. Psst! Keep a look out for the puppets and see if you can count how many different animal puppets you see!

Safe & Silly
SCT partnered with the Seattle Fire Department on this production, and the SFD will exhibit fire engines on site during select performances. Local fire fighters will also “bunk gear” during post-play discussions. During the show, little theater-goers learn important fire safety basics such as stop, drop and roll, what to do when the fire alarm sounds, and the important lesson of “never go back in” during a fire. And with the addition of a handful of puppets, lots of great physical comedy and a litter of jokes from Coco the cat, the production makes learning about fire safety a blast!

Retro Rock n’ Roll
For the adults or grandparents in your crew, the performance does a great job of keeping the Bigs entertained with 1950’s throwback hits like “Blue Moon,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Rockin’ Robin” and “Yakety Yak,” along with retro-era scenery. An innovative set design has the fire station lockers turning artfully into the fire truck itself. And “fires” are creatively executed when the cake burns in the oven and a large-scale building catches fire.

Station 7 Stats
This rock n’ roll comedy was co-conceived by Linda Hartzell and playwright Vince Delany who aimed for a show that showcased firefighters doing actual firefighting, portrayed what their training and daily lives were like and could teach audiences about safety – oh, and was funny!  Jayne Muirhead channels her inner cat as Coco, Greg McCormick Allen plays Jasper, Nicole Beerman plays Olive, Rob Burgess delights at Raiford the Dalmatian, Rudy Roushdi portrays Briggs and Annett Mateo is the puppet master.

Good to Know:
1. The show runs through May 21, 2017 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 2:30 p.m.

2. Ticket prices start at $22; rush tickets are available for $18 one hour prior to curtain.

3. SCT is a TeenTix member, providing discounts for those participating in the EBT program, as well as discounts for Military personnel and their families.

photo: Jennifer B. Davis

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109

Dates: Now through May 21, 2017
Cost: $22 & up
Ages: 4 & up
Special Showings:
ASL-interpreted performance: Sat. May 6 at 2 p.m.
Sensory-friendly/relaxed performance: Sun. May 7 at 11 a.m.

Have you seen Fire Station 7? What was your family’s favorite part? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Jennifer B. Davis

All photos courtesy of Elise Bakketun unless otherwise noted.