Adventure Theatre MTC Cat in the HatBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jun 27th, 2013 • Category: Reviews
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Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
Through September 2nd
Reviewed June 23rd, 2013
Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat tells the misadventures involving a cat, a rainy day, two bored children, and a mother at work. Oh, and a talking fish. Sounds like a recipe for mayhem to me!
Sally (Jessica Shearer) and her brother (Tyler Herman) are on most occasions well-mannered and upstanding citizens. They seem to play together and interact as two children should. However on this day they are bored. Enter the Cat played by Rick Hammerly. The Cat makes a comically grand appearance, much to the delight of the young audience. With no thoughts toward malice, the crafty kitty stirs things up to the delight of the children. Well, at first anyway. The reality checker of the group is the Fish, played wonderfully by Alex Vernon. You quickly forget about the man behind the fishbowl and soon are locked into the fish’s antics as the Cat sends him on a scary journey around the house. The acrobatics were great as Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Lulu Knowles and Leah A Snow respectively) appeared on the stage. They really got things rolling (literally!). The gymnastics were thrilling. At times though it was almost too busy as they whirled and twirled around the room, knocking over things (and sometimes Things as well) and causing all kinds of mischief. Sally and her brother were desperately trying to keep their house together and the “Things” under control.
Once again it was Alex Vernon who brings everything into perspective when he announces that Mother is on her way home! Panic ensues as the children try to corral Thing 1 and Thing 2 and get the house in some sort of order, get rid of the Cat, calm the fish, and sit down to once again look bored. Quite a day it was!
Set Designer Luciana Stecconi created a believable stage that was bright and cheery, yet functional as well. The cats, as well as the “Things” were able to climb safely onto the bookshelves and other objects on the set. The colors were bright and the pictures were happy despite the dreary day. The final scene showed a mysterious grinning figure in the background who had you smiling.
The Cat in the Hat was a fun-filled afternoon that took your mind away from the cares of life for a bit.
Photos by Bruce Douglas
- Cat: Rick Hammerly
- Sally: Jessica Shearer
- Boy: Tyler Herman
- Fish: Alex Vernon
- Thing 1/Cat 1-Red Cast: Julia (Lulu) Knowles
- Thing 2/ Cat 2-Red Cast: Leah A Show
- Thing 1/Cat 1-Blue Cast: Alison Cenname
- Thing 2/ Cat 2-Blue Cast: Cassie Cope
- Thing 1/Cast 1-U/S: Cassie Cope
- Thing 2/Cat 2/U/S: Madison Reefe
- U/S Cat: Danny Pushkin
- U/S Sally: Karen O’Connell
- U/S Boy/ Fish: Philip da Costa
- Director: Karin Abromatis
- Assistant Director: Adi Stein
- Composer: William Yanesh
- Set Designer: Luciana Stecconi
- Costume Designer: Kendra Rai
- Properties Designer: Andrea Dre Moore
- Puppet Designer: Eric Brooks
- Lighting Designer: Jason Aufdem-Brinke
- Sound Designer: Neil McFadden
- Stage Manager: Madeline Evans
- Scenic Charge: Pallas Bane
- Master Electrician: Sarah Mackowski
- Asst. Stage Manager/Production Associate: Julie Roederscheimer
- Asst. Stage Manager/SM Intern: Jen Grunfeld
Disclaimer: Adventure Theatre MTC provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.