Friday, June 14, 2013

Center for Puppetry Arts - Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat!

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is set to delight audiences this summer, making its Center for Puppetry Arts debut June 13-July 28.  The story features everyone’s favorite moments with Sally and her brother, their pet Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2—and, of course, the story’s namesake, that famous Cat in the red and white striped hat! Zany fun and adventures abound in this memorable tale!

The classic children’s book was originally adapted and directed by Katie Mitchell for the National Theatre of Great Britain and was a smash hit in London. The show is now being produced across the U.S. and the Center for Puppetry Arts is thrilled to realize this delightfully funny story through puppetry.

Under the direction of Jon Ludwig, the Center’s team has been diligently working to create the puppets, scenery and props from scratch, faithfully adhering to the iconic Seuss style. Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat features tabletop puppetry, animation and a whole bag of tricks to pull off the Cat’s daring feats. Performing the familiar characters are skilled puppeteers Dolph Amick, Aaron Gotlieb, Reay Kaplan, Rudy Roushdi, Amy Sweeney and Tim Sweeney.

“We are having a blast adapting this excellent actor version for the puppet stage,” said Jon Ludwig, director of the show and the Center’s Artistic Director. “Audiences will feel like they have stepped right into the book. I know that this was the book that got me reading, and I can’t wait to share the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss with our audiences!”

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is presented in the Mainstage Theater, June 13-July 28, 2013. Show times are as follows:

·         Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
·         Saturday: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
·         Sunday: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Center for Puppetry Arts will be closed July 4; no performances on that date.

Tickets include museum admission as well as the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where children can make their own The Cat in the Hat shadow puppet. TICKETS ARE $9.25 (MEMBERS) / $16.50 (NONMEMBERS) AND CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT WWW.PUPPET.ORG OR BY CALLING THE TICKET SALES OFFICE AT 404-873-3391.

Dr. Seuss text, character and images TM and © 2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.  Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019; 212-397-4684;

The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • Isdell Family Foundation • Aetna Foundation • The Zeist Foundation • City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • National Endowment for the Arts • WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project • AT&T The Real Yellow Pages • Regency Suites Hotel • For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, please

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. These programs are supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. The Center is a Member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre.  The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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