On Friday, May 30, JuiceBox dispatched Mpls.St.Paul Magazine senior editor Jennifer Blaise Kramer’s daughter, Julia, age 4, to review the opening night of The Cat in the Hat at the Children’s Theatre Company. Julia, a devout Dr. Seuss fan, pulled her mother into the Cargill Theatre where she could not wait for the show to start. If the reviewer’s mother had known better, waiting in the lobby with a snack would have been easier than sitting “patiently” during those final 10 pre-curtain minutes.
Here’s the pre-curtain and post-curtain rundown, according to Jules.
6:50 p.m. What a beautiful place!
6:51 p.m. When is it going to start?
6:53 p.m. I love it here. The stage is big. When is it going to start?
6:55 p.m. Will it be like the pages of the book? When is it going to start Mommy?
6:59 p.m. I think the Cat is going to be tall. Is it starting?!
So was it bad, good, or great? Good.
Best character? Sally. Because she’s a girl and sooo nice.
Funniest part? When the Cat shakes his booty. (Editor’s Note: The Cat does do some booty shaking, look for it early on when the musical instruments come out.)
Is there magic? Yes, the Cat holds a birthday cake on his hat—how did he do that?! He holds up so many things! And then they fall on the ground. But he balanced.
What’s the best part? Sally.
Is it like the book? The book is just like it . . . The sun was not out, it was too wet to play . . .
On the costumes: Sally has the best one. She wore a dress!
On the fish: He’s funny. He falls in a pot. And there’s a man with the fish. The man says the same things as the fish—he copies him!
On the effects: A Bump falls out of the ceiling and there’s a bubble machine. But I didn’t feel any bubbles.
What would you go back to see again? Sally, she’s sooo nice.