“…in walks a cat wearing a red and white striped hat!” The Lutcher Theater presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Thursday, April 14 for two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This one-hour show is presented as part of the 2015-16 Lutcher Incredible Kids Events Series.

Student tickets are $5 each and adult tickets are $10 each. Group tickets are available for $5 each. Tickets are available by calling the Lutcher Theater Box Office at 886-5535. (Tickets for this daytime series are not sold online.)

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss and adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell, this play was originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Now produced by Childsplay of Arizona, Gil Benbrook of TalkinBroadway.com states, “With a talented cast, impressive direction and splendid creative elements, this Cat is one that anyone would welcome into their house.”

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done!

Dr. Seuss is known worldwide as the imaginative master of children’s literature. His books include a wonderful blend of invented and actual words, and his rhymes have helped many children and adults learn and better their understanding of the English language. Theodor Seuss Geisel, “Ted” to his friends and Dr. Seuss to his many fans, wrote and drew pictures for most of his life, publishing his first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, in 1937. Twenty years later, a book called Why Johnny Can’t Read and an article of the same name claimed that most books and illustrations intended for children were boring and unimaginative. That’s when two publishing companies gave Dr. Seuss a challenge: use 220 vocabulary words for new readers to write a dynamic children’s primer. Thus, The Cat in the Hat was created.

Childsplay is a professional non-profit theatre company of adult actors, performing for young audiences and families. Childsplay was last seen at the Lutcher in 2014 with School House Rocks.

The Lutcher Incredible Kids Events Series is sponsored by Gopher Industrial, Service League of Orange, and the Lutcher Theater Service Guild.

The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange.