The Cat in the Hat


February 23-March 4, 2021

Tuesday- Friday @ 10am & 12pm
Saturday, February 29 @ 10am & 2pm

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Adaptation by Katie Mitchell

The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day— but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this adaptation from the National Theatre in London.

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*Inclusive Performances: Civic Theatre is proud to offer inclusive performances of THE CAT IN THE HAT. These adjusted performances ensure theatre access in a comfortable setting to all members of our community through accommodations for sensory sensitivities, mobility issues, and other special needs. Adaptations include keeping the house lights up, adjusting overwhelming sound effects, adjusting house rules to allow for talking and moving, additional seating options for those with mobility devices, and an American Sign Language interpreter upon request. Overall, these adjustments provide an open, welcoming, and safe environment for everyone to enjoy live theatre at Civic.

Cast List

David Cunningham (The Boy) - David is excited to be returning for his third year in Cat in the Hat! Some of his favorite and most recent roles include Tobias in SWEENEY TODD with Actors Theatre of Indiana and Crutchie in DISNEY’S NEWSIES at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. Outside of theatre, David enjoys spending his time pursuing his passions of Filmmaking and Photography. He would like to thank the cast and crew for being such a joy to work with and his friends and family for all their love and support.

John Vessels, Jr. (Fish) -  John Vessels, Jr. is very happy to be playing the very unhappy Fish again this year! John enjoys hanging out in his bowl and disapproving of other people’s fun. When not being a fish, John likes hiking, singing, and writing. He’s awfully glad you came to see our show today, and hopes you will be inspired to go out and have your own adventures after seeing our little adventure!

Elisabeth Speckman (Kitten 1/Thing 1) - Elisabeth is thrilled to be portraying Kitten 1/Thing 1 for the third year in a row! She has also appeared in Civic’s productions SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Margaret/Anne Steele) and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Conrade). Elisabeth is an adjunct at IUPUI and Butler, and is director of the Butler Bridge Program, a creative writing program for central Indiana youth. Elisabeth has been published in several literary magazines and has had her plays produced in Indiana, Ohio, New York, Florida, California, and Canada. When she isn’t writing, teaching, or acting, Elisabeth enjoys spending time with her family. Many thanks to them for their support!

Lizz Krull (Kitten 3) - Lizz is very excited to be returning to The Cat in the Hat for her third year! Her most recent work has included Master Electrician for DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (ATI) and stage crew for MAMMA MIA! (Civic) and ELF THE MUSICAL (Civic). 

Betsy Norton (Sally) - Betsy is excited for her fifth time around with CAT IN THE HAT! She so enjoys meeting so many fun kids every year. Previous work includes BRIGHT STAR (Phoenix Theatre), MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Actors Theatre of Indiana), GUYS AND DOLLS (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre), and INTO THE WOODS (Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre). She also just finished her second IPL Yuletide Celebration with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Many thanks to Anne, Allison, Michael, her puppies for all the snuggles, and Ryan for his love.

Jonathan Studdard (Cat) - Jonathan is ecstatic to be returning to his second home at Civic Theatre! He was recently seen as Rexy/ Jason in Phoenix Theatre’s production of THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE and the Store Manager in Civic Theatre’s production of ELF THE MUSICAL. Favorite credits include The Preacher (Regional Tour of COLOR PURPLE THE MUSICAL), Wayne & Tiny Joe Dixon (DREAMGIRLS THE MUSICAL), and TJ (SISTER ACT). By day Jon enjoys working in retail management at J. Crew! He would like to give big thanks to Jesus Christ, his supportive family, amazing friends and his entire Civic Theatre family! Thank you for supporting one of the most transformative art forms through live theatre!

Matthew Altman (Kitten 2/Thing 2) - Matthew is thrilled to be back for his 6th year with CAT IN THE HAT. His credits include ELF THE MUSICAL, MAMMA MIA!, HAIRSPRAY and more with the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. He has also performed with Zach & Zack Productions and at the Lilly Theatre at The Children’s Museum. 

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