The Cat in the Hat at Main Street Theater, September 25 – November 1, 2013

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Main Street TheaterThe Cat in the Hat is now at Main Street Theater.  And we love Main Street Theater.

The theater for youth won us over with Pinkalicious and we’ve been back for every show since.

The youth theater is at the Chelsea Market location.  The theater is casual and anything from blue jeans to party dresses are acceptable attire.

The setting is also very intimate, and no matter what seat you have, you will be up close and part of the action.  Kids (ages 3 and up) are invited to giggle, wiggle and interact with the actors.

Fish from The Cat in the HatI took my 4 and 6 year olds to opening day.  Once the show started, they repeatedly looked at me, smiled from ear to ear and clapped for the actors.

They liked when the girl and boy were bored in the house, when the cat arrived, when Thing 1 and Thing 2 made a mess of everything and especially when they had to go back in the box.  My kids wore the kind of smiles that made their eyes shine.

The actors did a fantastic job bringing the book to life.  I am always amazed how they can take a part, like fish, and make it come alive on the stage.  Shane Manning was hilarious as fish and I’m still not sure how anyone could make you love the puppet and the actor at the same time.  But he did.

Girl and Boy from The Cat in the Hat at Main Street TheaterScott Lupton and Star Hinson played the boy and girl that were so bored on the cold rainy day.  When they slumped in their chairs and could not think of anything to do, I thought I was looking at my own children.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 were played by Brittny Bush and Beth Lazarou.  They made everyone giggle and clap as they ran around the stage, shook hands with the audience and make a big mess.  And when they had to go back in the box, we laughed until we cried.

And finally, there was the Cat in the Hat, Lindsay Ehrhardt, and her cat helper, Michael Chiavone.  Every step they took was well coordinated and not an umbrella was dropped, bike was crashed nor fish was hurt.

Cat AutographThere were a lot of moving parts, but the show went off without a hitch.  We especially liked when Cat climbed up the stairs near our seat and when she balanced the fish while on the ball.

The Cat in the Hat is shorter than most shows at Main Street.  Instead of being broken into 2 parts, with an intermission, the show runs for about 40 minutes straight.  This was plenty of time to tell the story and left no time for the kids to get antsy.

Thing 1 CookieAfter all the shows, the kids can meet the actors and get their autographs.  Talking with the stars is almost more than my kids can handle.  It brings back those smiles that make their eyes shine.

I highly recommend The Cat in the Hat.  Go see it through November 1, and then get ready for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

 

 

 


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