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Dr. Suess's The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Suess's The Cat in the Hat

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Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
Center for Puppetry Arts production directed by Jon Ludwig

2014-15 Family Series

June 12 - July 20, 2014
1/2 Price Previews: June 10 & 11 - 10am & 12pm
Mainstage Theater
Recommended for ages 4 & up

•Tues-Fri: 10am & 12pm
•Sat: 11am, 1pm & 3pm
•Sun: 1pm & 3pm
Center CLOSED on July 4

“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” says the Cat in the tall red and white hat. Featuring Sally and her brother, their pet Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and all of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale. Zany fun and adventures abound! Originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, this Dr. Seuss classic is delightfully realized for the puppet stage.

Puppetry Style:

Rod, Animation

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Behind the Scenes of
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

About the Story

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is based on the beloved children’s book first published in 1957. Originally produced by the National Theater of Great Britain, the production design was adapted for the puppet stage by the Center’s talented puppet and scenic designers. Set, props and puppets were built to look exactly like the original book.

About the Style of Puppetry
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is performed by six skilled puppeteers using full-bodied rod puppets on a tabletop stage. Small control rods (painted black) extend from each of the character’s heads, elbows, and feet. The puppeteers manipulate these rods in order to make their puppets walk, talk, and gesture. It often takes two to three puppeteers working together to bring each puppet to life. Character voices are all performed live by the cast. Each puppeteer wears a cordless microphone to amplify her/his voice.

Center for Puppetry Arts production of

About the Puppeteers

Dolph Amick (Cat in the Hat) is pleased to be the Cat puppeteer. He was in Weather Rocks! at the start of the year. He was in Charlotte’s Web as Wilbur the pig. Making Mother Goose music is his next Center gig. After that, he’ll make music on a different stage set: Georgia Ensemble’s Pump Boys and Dinettes. Many thanks to our interns, who were funny and fine, and much love to wife Kara and son Valentine.

Brian Harrison (Thing 2) is simply wild about Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat! Brian has recently performed in Charlotte's Web at the Center for Puppetry Arts as well as Georgia Shakespeare's summer seasons and Synchronicity Theatre’s Petite Rouge. Brian would like to thank his family, friends & all of the artists & art lovers that help to make the magic happen!

Reay Kaplan (Sally/Thing 1/Mother) has been a professional actor and puppeteer in Atlanta since 1999.  In addition to performing in over 20 productions at the Center For Puppetry Arts, her work has been seen at Synchronicity Theater, The Alliance Theater, Haverty Marionettes, Dad’s Garage, and 7 Stages.  In addition to live performing, Reay is a Teaching Artist at the Center and her voice can be heard narrating audio books from time to time.  Reay is thrilled to be back for the second year of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, as she had so much fun originating the roles of Sally and Thing 1 last year. Much love and thanks to the cast and crew, as well as loads of love to my Things 1 and 2: Ethan and Eliza.

Seth Langer (Ensemble) is a theatre-maker based in Atlanta. He's had the opportunity to create work with Georgia Shakespeare, Theatrical Outfit, Théâtre du Rêve, Theater Emory, among others. In addition to performing, he directs and produces under Fulham and Clapham Present. His short plays have been performed to throngs of delighted children across the city. Seth is a student of clown, commedia dell'arte, and Looney Tunes. Given the opportunity, he will sing and play the ukelele for you. He loves to travel and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and studied physical theatre in Arezzo, Italy. Have fun!

Eliana Marianes (Fish) studied Theater Studies at Emory University, and is overjoyed to be onstage again at the Center. You might have seen her here as the elf dentist in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or as a rockin’ meteorologist in Weather Rocks. Additionally, she has performed with Georgia Shakespeare Festival, ART Station, Aurora Theater, Stage Door Players, the Shakespeare Tavern, Out of Hand Theater, Synchronicity Theater, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Theater Emory, and Théâtre du Rève (in Atlanta and France), and is represented by Stewart Talent. She is grateful to the ensemble, Gillian, and Jon, and sends big love to her family (especially her mother, who never made her worry!) and to The Walrus.

Tim Sweeney (Boy)  is thrilled to be back for another show. Past Center performances include Charlotte's Web, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Brer Rabbit & Friends, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, Space!The Little Pirate MermaidPeter Pan,  RumpelstiltskinAladdinRainforest Adventures, Cinderella Della Circus, and The Ghastly Dreadfuls. In addition, he has performed in various touring shows with Swazzle in California. Huge hugs and smooches to my sweet, sweet wife, Amy and our new addition Elora. 

Megan Jance (Boy Understudy) is thrilled to be a part of the joy and magic that is Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. A senior at Kennesaw State University, she was last seen in The Red Badge of Courage at 7 Stages. Megan would like to thank her friends, mentors, and especially her family for their support and guidance. She also sends special thanks to the director, cast, and crew for sharing their love of puppetry with her and helping her to cultivate her own love for the craft. Now, enjoy the show and prepare to have a lot of good fun that is funny!

About the Performance Interns

Shari Bohnsack (Fish Understudy/Intern) started her acting career in North Fulton Drama Clubs' The Tempest as an aspect of Ariel. Since then, she has been studying for film in Ken Feinburg's Alpharetta Film Academy for the past two years. She has also been in Elm Street Arts A Christmas Carol, Act 1 Theater's Simply Complicated and Home for Christmas. She would like to thank the Center for Puppetry Arts for being such a creative and supportive facility. She would also like to thank her acting coach, her friends, and most importantly her family for their support and love.

An Atlanta native, Jake Krakovsky (Cat in the Hat Understudy/Intern) graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University in May 2014, with a BA in Theater Studies. Jake has been privileged to perform, direct, write, design, produce, and research with companies including Starving Artist Productions, Ad Hoc Productions, Theater Emory, the Alliance Theatre, Theater on the Prowl, Out of Hand Theater, and Fulham & Clapham Present. The Cat in the Hat is Jake’s first professional post-graduate production, and he could not be happier to share this milestone with the incredible people at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Abbey Sanders (Sally/Thing 1/Mother Understudy/Intern) is a Theatre Major at Kennesaw State University and looks forward to graduating this coming fall. She enjoys all aspects of performing arts including performance, production, costume construction, dramaturgy, and now puppetry! Abbey just finished work on Twelfth Night and Bloody Pulp, and you can look for her in Kennesaw State’s fall season. Abbey would like to thank the entire cast for their endless knowledge that they are willing to share and the whole Center for Puppetry Arts for this amazing opportunity.

Stage Manager
Gillian Wilson

Puppet Designer
Jason von Hinezmeyer

Projections Designer/Engineer
Mike Post

Lighting Designer
Liz Lee

Ricardo Aponte

Scenic Designer
Ryan Sbaratta

Asst. Scenic Designer
Lauren Rondone

Sound Designer
Gregory Montague

Puppet and Costume Construction

Chris Brown (Lead Builder), Jason von Hinezmeyer, Savannah Burke,
Carole D’Agostino, Brittany Johnson, Stephanie McCoy,
Amy Sweeney, Chris Wright

Scenic Construction and Painting

Bill Jones, Ryan Sbaratta, Seamus Bourne,
Megan Kier, Dan Prince, Lauren Rondone

Gregory Montague, Joe Monaghan

Resident Puppet Builder
Jason von Hinezmeyer

Technical Director
Bill Jones

Master Electrician
Gregory Montague

Liz Lee

Puppet Shop Manager
Carole D’Agostino

Assoc. Technical Director
Ryan Sbaratta

Electrics Intern
Amanda Vecciarelli

Assoc. Producer

Kristin Haverty

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of
THE CAT IN THE HAT was originally created by:

Katie Mitchell

Lighting Designer
Jon Clark

Sound Designer
Gareth Fry

Vicki Mortimer

Paul Clark

Movemement Director
Joseph Alford

Pádraig Cusack

Dr. Seuss text, characters and images TM and © 2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684; Fax: 212-397-4684;

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