Press Release - Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat


PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
Good Fun That is Funny!

Friday, September 2, 2016

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NWCT’s 24th Season kicks off with a playful rampage through the limitless imagination of Dr. Seuss! Based on the children’s book by the same name, The Cat in the Hat leaps from the page, with mayhem, mischief, and an epic balancing act, courtesy of the world’s favorite Cat.

Perfect for first-time theater-goers and theater veterans alike, The Cat in the Hat features John Ellingson in the title role (his third time playing the character, including two runs of Seussical). His exuberant and enthusiastic Cat bursts onstage on a cold, cold wet day to bring fun, games, and bit of mischief to Conrad (Harper Lea) and Sally (Gracie Jacobson) while their mother is away. He’s even brought a pair of friends, Thing 1 (Snigdha Malladi) and Thing 2 (Hallie Bartell), to share in the fun, much to the chagrin of the family’s goldfish (Jenny Bunce). Chaos and comedy ensue as The Cat runs amuck throughout the house, leading the children through a series of games, gags, and tricks.

The Cat in the Hat is a feat of creative staging. Every chair, boat, and birthday cake is meticulously recreated from the original illustrations through props designed by Seattle Children’s Theater. The set, also by John Ellingson, brings Dr. Seuss’s iconic visual style to life. Drawing on both The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, award-winning Director Sarah Jane Hardy creates a world of playful chaos in this highly physical and fast-paced production. The Cat in the Hat was originally conceived and produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain.

NWCT’s 2016-17 season follows an award-winning 23rd season, with Portland Area Musical Theater Awards (PAMTAs) for the productions of Shrek (Best Ensemble, Outstanding Costume Design) and Snow White (Outstanding Visual Design). NWCT’s 24th season features unforgettable classics, the return of a beloved NWCT original adaptation, and the Mainstage debut of a
new crew of bird puppets, The Starlings, sprung from the mind of Associate Artistic Director
John Ellingson.

The Cat in the Hat also features the first of four Sensory Friendly Performances for this season. Featuring shorter run-times, no intermission, reduced or removed lighting and sound cues, and the constant presence of house lights, these performances are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities. NWCT’s 2016-17 Season offers four Sensory Friendly Performances free of charge (one each for The Cat in the Hat, Rock the Presidents, The Tail of Sleeping Beauty with Puppets, and Robin Hood). Sign-interpreted and Audio-described performances will be offered for all five of this season’s productions.

The Cat in the Hat is produced in part through the support of the Collins Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council and Work for Art, Kafoury & McDougal, Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt, Zipcar, Oregon Arts Commission, and NWCT Donor Circle Members. More than 5,000 school children will have good fun that is funny with the Cat during twelve student matinee performances.


WHERE: NW Neighborhood Cultural Center • 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland • Participants pick up their event programs and start tour here.


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WHEN: September 24 - October 23, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)

SHOW TIMES: 10am & 1pm 

SPECIAL SHOWS: ASL Interpreted - Oct. 8, 10am, Sensory Friendly - Oct. 9, 1pm, Audio Described Show - Oct. 15, 1pm 

WHERE: NW Neighborhood Cultural Center • 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland • Participants pick up their event programs and start tour here.

TICKETS: 503-222-4480 or online at

INFO: 503-222-4480 or


Release Date: September 2, 2016

Kill Date: October 23, 2016

Media Contact: To set up interviews or discuss other possibilities for feature stories, please contact: Marri-Beth Serritella, Sucha Production at 503-528-1370 or



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