Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dallas Children's Theater celebrates their 30th Anniversary with Dr. Suess

Photo by Karen Almond
Shown here: Brendan Cyrus (Cat)
(Press Release)  Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) is celebrating their 30th Anniversary season with the North Texas Professional Premiere of DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT, September 20 – October 27, 2013, at DCT’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is ready to play. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure!

The play, DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT, was adapted for the stage in 2009 by the prestigious National Theatre of Great Britain and DCT closely followed its success there. “We are always on the look-out for the newest and most wonderful plays for our audiences,” says DCT’s leader, Robyn Flatt. “We grabbed this as soon as it was available. It’s the perfect kick-off to our very special birthday season.”

For the month of September, a giant Cat in the Hat will be perched on the roof of the Rosewood Center to greet eager patrons in the parking lot and garden, and inside the lobby and gallery, guests will find a host of Seussian decorations, photo opportunities and inspirational quotes by the author.

Immediately following every performance there will be a lively and interactive discussion and demonstration called, “Cat in the Hat - How’d We Do That?” Some lucky patrons will even get the chance to go up on stage and experience what it takes to create magical moments from the show! And not to be forgotten, DCT’s autographs tradition continues in the lobby for children excited to meet the actors after the show.

Attend the final dress rehearsal on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 pm and pay-what-you-can! A suggested donation is $10 per person.

Attend the show on Friday, September 20 for extra fun one hour prior to the show. Enjoy face painting, coloring, and show related crafts. FREE Sprinkles mini cupcakes and one show poster per family! Patrons will also have the benefit of enjoying a light show, compliments of students from the University of Texas. The students, led by UT professor Amarante Lucero, head of the Automated Lighting Program, are planning A Celebration of Light to kick start the 30th anniversary season. The display will be in, on and around Rosewood Center for Family Arts that evening.

DCT invites friends, fans and those who are just curious to a FREE community birthday party with loads of fun and family-friendly activities after the 1:30 pm show of DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT on Saturday, September 21 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in celebration of the theater’s 30th birthday. Festivities include two hours of show stopping entertainment including music and stories by Mr. Willy “Willy Welch”, a musical puppetry review by Becky Burks Keenan, clowning with Slappy & Monday, Hula dancing, and a special performance by Lone Star Circus. Great raffle prizes include tickets to a Rangers game, Dallas Arboretum, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Theater Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, and many more. Enjoy vintage carnival games, popular food trucks, Kona Ice and Sprinkles mini cupcakes. And don’t miss a strolling hat fashion show with the winning hats from DCT’s Hats Off to 30 design contest!

Dallas Children’s Theater Rosewood Center for Family Arts is located at 5938 Skillman Street Dallas, Texas 75231.  Visit to see a compete list of dates and times and to purchase your tickets.