Cat from Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat,” in a performance during last year’s Civic Theatre run of the show. (Submitted photo)
The beloved feline tale, “The Cat in the Hat,” arrives at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre just in time for Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The playful production will run from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. “The Cat in the Hat” provides a fun theatre experience and a lesson in honesty and right from wrong for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
The whimsical set and costumes along with the rhyme-filled dialogue stay true to the familiar Dr. Seuss story. The production offers several matinee performances for class outings as well as two sensory friendly performances.
“Our two sensory friendly performances offer children with special needs an opportunity to enjoy a live theatre performance. To accommodate their sensitivities, we’ve taken some of the over-stimulating elements down to a minimum,” said Catherine Dixon, director of development at Civic Theatre.
“One special feature of our two sensory friendly performances is ‘Meet Your Seat,’” said Dixon. “It’s a program where students can come to the theatre prior to the show to see the stage and where they will be sitting. This way they will be better prepared for what to expect on the day of the show.”
Additionally, the houselights will remain on during the performance, the sound effects and music will be lowered and loud vocalizations will be reduced. There will also be a costume demonstration at the beginning of the show. An actor in plain clothes will come out, put on the costume and then take it off again to make it clear they are a person dressed up to look like somebody else.
For more information, visit CivicTheatre.org.