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'Cat in the Hat' brings new tricks to STONC

Published 10:45 am, Monday, July 15, 2013

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  • Patrick Berger plays the Cat in Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat," presented on weekends by the Summer Theatre of New Canaan at Waveny Park through Aug. 11. Photo: Contributed
    Patrick Berger plays the Cat in Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat," presented on weekends by the Summer Theatre of New Canaan at Waveny Park through Aug. 11. Photo: Contributed

 

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Dr. Suess' "The Cat in the Hat" has opened at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan's Theatre Festival in Waveny Park.

As part of the young audience program, "The Cat in the Hat" will run in rotation with "Pinkalicious The Musical," beginning July 13, and "The Little Mermaid Jr.," which also is now playing. "The Cat in the Hat" performances are scheduled weekends through Aug. 11.

Based on the popular early reader book "The Cat in the Hat" is a lively, engaging play with sound effects performed by adults for young children.

The Cat brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant form of chaos to a young brother and sister one rainy day while their mother is out. The Cat performs sensational and chaotic tricks.

To make up for the commotion he has caused, the Cat cleans up the house and disappears seconds before mother arrives home.

The mother asks what the children did while she was out, and the story ends with the question, "What would you do if your mother asked you?"

The show features Patrick Berger (as the Cat in the Hat), Virginia Ogden (Sally), Chase Jansen of New Canaan (Boy), Kellen Schutz (Fish), Grace Hardin (Thing 1), Jennifer Margulis (Thing 2) and Mike Greggs (Narrator).

The professional creative team includes Allegra Libonati (director), Kialynn Byrd (scenic design/props), Daniel Bria (sound design), Orliv Nativ (costume design), Avery Trunko (production stage manager), Daniel B. Chapman (production manager) and Devon Allen (lighting design).

All performances, rain or shine, are presented in the state-of-the-art open-air tent at Waveny Park, 11 Farm Road, New Canaan, with reserved seating plus stage-side and orchestra box dining as well as open field seating and picnicking.

The tent opens one hour prior to each performance for picnics or dining at reserved tables and the house opens 30 minutes prior to performance for regular ticket holders.

Reserved seating is available online and by phone or can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to curtain on performance days. Tickets start at $18.

For information or tickets, call 203-966-4634 or visit stonc.org.