Now - May 28, 2017

Pete the Cat


Center for Puppetry Arts

Based on the book series by Kim and James Dean
Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines
Directed by Jon Ludwig

Now - May 28, 2017

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Sensory Friendly Performance

Meet the Cast


Ages 4+

This new show is a groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. A new show based on the New York Times Best Seller series.

Puppetry Style: Rod Puppets

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Pete the Cat Hand Puppet

Please Note Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ Options for 10am Ticket Holders: 

- 12pm Join Instructor-Led School Group Workshop (based on availability)
- 1pm Self-Guided Workshop (with Teaching Artists available to assist and inspire!)
- To-Go Kit

Mainstage Theater

Sensory Friendly Performance

Sun, April 23, 2017

12-1pm: Museum exhibits
1pm: Performance
1:45-2:30pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops

Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated.

Meet the Cast

Dolph Amick is an Atlanta actor, musician, puppeteer, and composer. Past Atlanta roles include Victor in Broadsword and Norbert in The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Actor’s Express); Yukon Cornelius/Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Cat in the Hat in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (Center for Puppetry Arts); Jane/Lord Edgar in The Mystery of Irma Vep and Mortimer in The Fantasticks (New American Shakespeare Tavern); the Big Bopper in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and himself in Almost Heaven: John Denver's America (Georgia Ensemble Theatre). He has written music for such varied clients as UniverSoul Circus, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre, and Platinum Championship Wrestling, and performs musically as troubadour Wicked Pete Speakeasy of Three Quarter Ale, dolly of electro-pop band burndollies, and country-punk singer Pussy Akins. Past musical scores for the Center for Puppetry Arts include The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop’s Fables; Shake A Tale Feather with Mother Goose; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; and Old MacDonald’s Farm. He wishes to give special thanks to his stage manager, Jessica, for her patience, wit, attention to detail, and all-around amazingness; congratulations and true gratitude to Bob Farley of Georgia Ensemble Theatre, who will retire this year after fifty years in show business; and his deepest love to his beautiful and talented wife, Kara, and his beautiful and hilarious son, Valentine. 

Luis R. Hernandez celebrates his 10th season here at the Center and is happy to revisit some of his favorite shows! At the Center he has previously appeared in Shake a Take Feather With Mother Goose, Peter Pan, SPACE!, Beauty & the Beast, Charlotte’s Web, Winnie the Pooh, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and in the title role of Don Quixote. Some of his other favorite Atlanta theatre credits include Sir Bedevere in Spamalot (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Sub-Commandant in The Navigator (7 Stages) Norman in The Boys Next Door (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls (Aurora Theatre), and Alexander T. Wolf in The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Theatre in the Square). He is a company member of Teatro del Sol, Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, since its inception 10 years ago. You may have also seen him on the stages of Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, Synchronicity, Dad’s Garage, Stage Door Players, and The Shakespeare Tavern. He has been nominated twice for a Suzi Bass Award, and he appeared in the premiere season of Lifetime TV’s series Devious Maids.

Amy Sweeney (Head Puppeteer) is jazzed to be in Pete the Cat! This marks her 30th production with the Center for Puppetry Arts! Her past Center performances include The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Old MacDonald’s Farm, The Little Pirate Mermaid, SPACE!, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Charlotte’s Web, Stan the Lovesick Snowman, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Ruth and the Green Book, The Adventures of Little Noodle, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella Della Circus, and Dinosaurs. She has also puppeteered for Haverty Marionettes, The City of Orlando Puppetroupe, Am-Jam Productions, Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, and Walt Disney World. Love to Mom and Dad! Love to her hubby Tim and her Kitty Dinosaur Elora!

Tim Sweeney is thrilled to be back for another show. Past Center for Puppetry Arts performances include Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type; Charlotte’s Web; Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™; Brer Rabbit and Friends; The Little Pirate Mermaid, SPACE!; Peter Pan; Rumpelstiltskin; Aladdin; Rainforest Adventures; Cinderella Della Circus; and The Ghastly Dreadfuls.

Anna Claire Walker is an actor/puppeteer in the Atlanta area, originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Auburn University where some of her favorite credits included Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Lysistrata in Lysistrata, and Violet in 9 to 5: The Musical. Her Center for Puppetry Arts credits include SPACE!, The Little Pirate Mermaid, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™.