Kids In Vancouver: Catch The Cat in the Hat at the Carousel Theatre

The company of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2013) | Photo: Tim Matheson

“You find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

Complete with quirky rhymes and a quaint set, the quintessential Dr. Seuss story, The Cat in the Hat, is brought to life by the talented cast of the must-see Carousel Theatre for Young People production. Here’s what you can expect from this on-stage adaptation of the childhood classic.

Mike Stack in Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2017) | Photo: Tim Matheson

Since 1957, The Cat in the Hat has been a classic storybook, capturing the imaginations of  young readers with a clever tale of an oversized cat boasting a larger-than-life personality, who persuades a sister-brother duo to join in on his rule-breaking shenanigans.

Now you can watch the whole story unfold before your eyes in a fun theatrical production that peels the characters from the pages of the book and brings them to life in an engaging and creative way.

The company of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2013) | Photo: Tim Matheson

From the stage design, to the props, to the details on the bright red bow tie worn by the cat himself, the pencil-sketch-style drawings that make Dr. Seuss’ books truly unique are a constant visual reminder of the pages from which the characters have emerged.

Mike Stack, the man behind the cat, perfectly impersonates the quick-witted and trouble-making feline, performing magic tricks and moving in an animated way that will have kids laughing and calling out for more.

While the production is only 55 minutes long (perfect for younger kids who might not be able to sit through a lengthier show), the key details are still there – right down to the disapproving pet fish who warns the kids to be wary of the 6-foot-tall coaxing cat while their mother is away.

The company of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2013) | Photo: Tim Matheson

Other highlights include Thing One and Thing Two, who bounce and cartwheel across the stage excitedly once magically released from the cat’s giant box of tricks, revving up the audience with their wild tomfoolery. The cat’s wacky car perfectly matches the one found in the book, awing the audience with its magical mechanics as it zooms across the stage. Kids will also enjoy the relatable Sally and her brother as they try to keep the craziness at bay, worried their mother will arrive and discover the mess.

While the siblings manage to clean up just in time, the show ends with them asking the audience a very important question: “what would you do if your mother asked you?”

You can catch Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island from now until March 26th – fun for the whole family.

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Recommended for age 3+ and their families

Run Dates: February 26 – March 26, 2017 – Held over due to popular demand!

Ticket prices: Adults: $35, Seniors/Students: $29, and Young People (Ages 3-18 years): $18

Location: The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island
1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver BC
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