Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat will be performed at Atlanta's Center For Puppetry Arts from June 13 - July 28, 2013 and is recommended for ages 4+.
This adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Cat In The Hat was very well done. The Center remained loyal to the Seuss vision of the story, and did not try to reinvent the wheel - which is a very good thing considering the young children that the show is intended for. Children that know this story front to back will be delighted to see the tale come to life onstage, just as it is presented in the book.
The puppets look just like the characters from the beloved children's storybook - not an easy feat to bring 2D characters into the third dimension! Danger especially enjoyed the bubble surprise just a few minutes in to the performance, and if I could make a guess based on the reaction of the audience, lots of children (and adults!) enjoyed this fun surprise, too.
At the end of the performance, the puppeteers took to the stage to explain the puppetry that was used in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. Then we headed upstairs to create our very own rod puppet to take home.
Create A Puppet!
The Create-A-Puppet Workshop is part of the all-inclusive ticket price, and allows guests to create a fun puppet based on a character from the performance. We created a lovely Cat in the Hat shadow puppet, using rods and construction paper. Danger's might have been turned into a girl cat, named Anessa.
Check Out The Puppetry Museum
We also took the time to check out the museum exhibitions while we were there. The Jim Henson exhibit is so wonderful! I loved seeing the giant Big Bird from Sesame Street and Sir Didymus from Labyrinth. It's so hard to refrain from taking pictures among all of these creations, but the Center is very clear that photography is not allowed in the Museum.
We had a really wonderful time at the Center For Puppetry Arts and cannot wait to go back soon!
What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? I'm a fan of Hop On Pop, because it's a book that my daughter can read with little help from me... and also because I remember reading that book over and over when I was a child. Good stuff!
I was provided with media passes to facilitate a review. All opinions shared in this review article come from my personal experiences at the Center.