There was no doubt in my mind my kids would love seeing the latest show at The Rose. “The Cat in the Hat.” Is there any kid over the age of 3 who hasn’t heard that story? Hadn’t wanted a cat to come to their house and cause all sorts of trouble with two insane little blue-haired thingys?
My family attended opening night – our first opening night show at The Rose. The theater does a great job generating excitement on opening night. Cool balloon characters were spotted throughout the lobbies.
Fun accessories were on nearby tables so kids – and me – can goof it up in their pictures.
There was also a large canvas for kids to write and draw on, answering the question “What do you do on a rainy day?”
If you have the option, go on an opening night at The Rose!
What to expect
It is a 45-minute production of a book that takes about 15 minutes or less to read…so expect a few dance sequences. They’re fun though, particularly the ones involving Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Sue Gillespie Booton and Aaron Ellis). One had my 3-year-old bouncing in her seat, waving her arms around.
Noah Diaz plays a marvelous Cat in the Hat. From his balancing act to his cat-like antics, he had my kids hooked the whole time. He was The Cat in the Hat to them. As a side note, great job in make up design, Erin Bragg.
Timing a potty break
Go before the start of the show. There is no intermission.
Is it kid-friendly?
100% kid-friendly. There’s a bit of theater magic in the show to capture their imagination – think: Flying items.
And I think the entrance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 – how they magically appear out of a box on stage – just about blew their minds.
Will an adult like this?
It’s not going to have you on the edge of your seat, but it is amusing and Noah Diaz as The Cat in the Hat is exactly how I imagine the cat to come to life. You might raise your eyebrow to House of Pain playing at the entrance of Thing 1 and Thing 2.
What was it about again?
If you want to go
Disclosure: The Rose provided complimentary tickets for me to review the performance. All opinions are mine own.