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Arden Children's Theatre presents Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain,
Directed by Doug Hara and Steve Pacek
On the Arcadia Stage,
April 16 – June 22, 2014
April 24, 2014

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company closes its 2013/14 Children’s Theatre series with Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, based on the classic book. The play, originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, will be directed by Doug Hara and Steve Pacek, and starring Hara as the high-spirited, hat-wearing cat himself. The production runs from April 16 through June 22, 2014 and includes weekday matinee performances for students and weekend performances for families. Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat runs on the Arcadia Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

“I know some good games we could play…” said the Cat in the Hat. See what happens on a rainy day when mom is away when the Cat in the Hat bursts through the door with his trickiest of tricks, including the acrobatic Thing One and Thing Two! The classic children’s book comes to great physical life with five actors playing Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters.

Co-directing this production are Arden favorites Steve Pacek, last seen as Mrs. Gorf in the Arden’s production of Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and the 2012 recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist; and Doug Hara, an ensemble member of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre, who appeared in such Arden productions as Cyrano, The Threepenny Opera, and A Prayer for Owen Meany.

The design team includes award-winning Chicago-based Scenic Designer Brian Sidney Bembridge (Romeo and Juliet), costume designer Lauren Perigard (Pinocchio), Sound Designer Rick Sims (Arden debut, Lookingglass Theatre’s The Little Prince), and Puppet Designer Alisa Sickora-Kleckner (Arden debut, Haunted Poe at Brat Productions).

Joining Hara as the Cat, the cast includes Charlotte Ford (Robin Hood, Franklin’s Apprentice, 2013 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist) as Thing One and Dave Johnson (Sideways Stories from Wayside School) as Thing Two. In their Arden debuts are Richard Crandle (Hairspray National Tour) as Boy and Maggie Johnson as Girl. The cast boasts a collective background in physical theatre and clown, promising a thrilling and spectacular performance.

Following every performance of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, children participate in a post-show question and answer session with the cast, and then have an opportunity to meet the actors. All children also receive a free commemorative show poster to take home. Weekday performances are held at 10am to accommodate thousands of schoolchildren. Over 2,500 students will attend the production free of charge through the educational outreach program, Arden for All, which also provides books, transportation and in-school lessons from professional teaching artists to communities with little or no arts access.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat begins performances on Wednesday, April 16, with previews through April 19. Opening night is set for 7pm Saturday, April 19, 2014. Closing is set for Sunday, June 22. The 2013/14 season of Arden Children’s Theatre is proudly sponsored by Comcast and Sprout.

Single ticket prices are $16-$36. Groups of 20+ enjoy significant discounts, with additional resources and classes available for teachers; please inquire for rates. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122. ASL interpretation is available at select performances. The Arden works with Hands UP Productions to present shadow-signed performances, where interpreters are part of the action. These performances will be held on Friday, May 16 at 10am and Saturday, May 17 at 4pm.

Arden Theatre Company also offers Arden Drama School, a wide array of classes and day camps for kids and teens ages 2 through 18 years old. Special acting classes taught by the cast of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat will take place in June:

June 3: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat acting class, Grades K-2, 4-5:30pm
June 4: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat acting class, Grades 3-5, 4-6pm

Details on all Arden Drama School classes can be found online at www.ardendramaschool.com Arden Drama School is sponsored by Susquehanna Bank.

To further enhance the performance experience, kids ages seven and older are invited to join the Family Usher Network (FUN) with their adult chaperones. FUN gives kids a behind-the-scenes peek at how plays are created, instills the value of community involvement and teaches valuable social skills. FUN ushers receive an exclusive backstage tour, hand out programs, tear tickets, seat patrons and help straighten up the theatre after the show. For information call the box office at 215.922.1122.

WHAT:
Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Directed by Doug Hara and Steve Pacek

SUMMARY:
“I know some good games we could play…” said the Cat in the Hat. See what happens on a rainy day when mom is away when the Cat in the Hat bursts through the door with his trickiest of tricks, including the acrobatic Thing One and Thing Two! The classic children’s book comes to great physical life with five actors playing Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters.

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
Arcadia Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

WHEN:
April 16 - June 22, 2014

Preview performances: April 16-19, 2014
Opening night: 7pm Saturday, April 19, 2014

TICKETS:
Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.

Weekday Performances (Tuesday – Friday, excluding Friday nights at 7pm)
Adults: $32; Teens (13-17 yrs): $20; Kids (12 yrs and under): $16

Weekend Performances (Friday nights at 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays)
Adults: $36; Teens (13-17 yrs): $22; Kids (12 yrs and under): $18

Groups discounts for 20 or more tickets. Weekdays: $12/ticket; Weekends $16/ticket

CAST:
Richard Crandle (Resident of New York, NY) - Boy
Charlotte Ford (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Thing One
Doug Hara (Resident of Chicago, IL) - The Cat
Dave Johnson (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Thing Two
Maggie Johnson (Resident of Philadelphia, PA) - Girl

ARTISTIC STAFF:
Doug Hara - Director
Steve Pacek - Director
Brian Sidney Bembridge - Scenic Designer
Lauren Perigard - Costume Designer
Rick Sims - Sound Designer
John Flak - Stage Manager


Children's Theatre Season Sponsors: Comcast, NBC10, and Sprout


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Reviewing members of the press are invited to opening night Saturday, APril 19 at 7pm and may reserve tickets through Johnny Van Heestat jvanheest@ardentheatre.org or 215.922.8900 x43.

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden's 2013/14 Season includes:
Parade, Book by Alfred Uhry, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown - September 26 - November 3, 2013
Stick Fly, By Lydia R. Diamond - October 24 - December 22, 2013
Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Adapted by John Olive from the books by Louis Sachar - December 4, 2013 - February 15, 2014
Water by the Spoonful, By Quiara AlegrĂ­a Hudes - January 16 - March 16, 2014
Three Sisters, By Anton Chekhov, a new translation by Curt Columbus - March 20 - April 20, 2014
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, Based on the book by Dr. Seuss - April 16 - June 22, 2014
Incorruptible, By Michael Hollinger - May 22 - June 22, 2014


Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people.

The Arden has expanded into the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. This building is a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at www.ardentheatre.org/new.

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 59 awards and 276 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.

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