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The Cat in the Hat

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss.

Originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell.

Dr. Seuss text, characters and images TM and © 2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Back by popular demand, Dr. Seuss' beloved rhyming classic bounds from your imagination onto The Rose stage! A rainy day becomes a zany day when a boy and his sister receive a chaos-creating caller: The Cat in the Hat! Explore the Cat's wacky, wild, wonderful world in this energetic adaptation of an iconic tale that has introduced the rewards of reading to generations of children.

  • Run Dates Sept 27 - Oct 13, 2019
  • Appropriate Ages Younger Audiences
  • Duration 45 minutes

Production Photos

Cast & Production

Cast:

Cat in the Hat – Lauren Krupski
Sally – Katie Otten
Conrad – Fran Sillau
Fish – Jessica Burrill-Logue
Thing 1/Kitten 1 – Sue Gillespie Booton
Thing 2/Kitten 2 – Jay Hayden

Artistic/Production:

Director – Kevin Ehrhart
Choreographer – Sue Gillespie Booton
Scenic Designer – Matthew D. Hamel
Lighting Designer – Craig S. Moxon
Sound Designer/Engineer – Christy Hernandez
Costume Designer – Sherri Geerdes
Makeup Designer/Costume Shop Foreman – Zach Kloppenborg
Production Stage Manager – Lisa Krabbenhoft
Director of Production – Erin M. Solemsaas
Technical Director – Hunter Andrews
Props Mistress – Devon Denn-Young
Scenic Charge Artist – Savannah Savick
Master Carpenter – Jackson Curtright
Stage Management Apprentice – Kira Sheffer
Scenic Apprentice – Megan Bolander
Lighting Apprentice – Bailee Boisclair
Stitchers – Sherri Geerdes, Zach Kloppenborg, Jill Maenner, & Kim Clark-Kaczmarek

Lauren Krupski

Lauren Krupski

The Cat in the Hat -
Lauren is so excited to be back on stage at The Rose and appearing for the second time in "The Cat in the Hat!" Some notable roles at the Rose include Princess Fiona in "Shrek the Musical," Miss Shields in "A Christmas Story," Penny in "Honk!," and Julia in "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs." She also was a part of two world premiere productions at The Rose: "Prancer" and "Pete the Cat." Lauren has also performed many times with the Omaha Symphony in their family and educational shows. She has been seen in their educational program Mission Imagination for two years, performing in The Misadventures of Melvin the Explorer and The Symphonic School Bus. Most recently she performed with the Omaha Symphony as concert host with the program Link Up! She has also been seen with the Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and soon to be seen with the Lima Symphony and San Diego Symphony in "Gold Rush,"
a family concert celebrating American Composers.

Katie Otten

Katie Otten

Sally -
Katie Otten received her BA in Theatre Education at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and, recently, her MA in Theatre Performance at UNO. Previously at The Rose, she has acted in "A Child’s Garden of Verses," "A Palette of Possibility," "The Grocer’s Goblin & The Little Mermaid," and "The Super Adventures of Nutrition Woman." Other favorite roles include: "The Glass Menagerie," "Assassins" (Brigit Saint Brigit), "She Kills Monsters" (Creighton);
"The Grown-up" (Blue Barn). She’s also worked in film, as well as voiceover for audiobooks, video games, and educational projects.

Fran Sillau

Fran Sillau

Conrad -
Mr. Sillau serves as the Accessibility Coordinator at The Omaha Theater Company (The Rose), where he coordinates educational opportunities for students with disabilities and ensures that every individual who passes through the doors of The Rose can access all programing equally. He also directs MainStage productions and some of his credits at The Rose include "Shrek: The Musical" TYA, "Go, Dog. Go!," and "Hanna’s Suitcase." Sillau serves as Artistic Director of Circle Theatre, a company dedicated to creating theater that includes artists with disabilities.(www.circletheatreomaha.org). Under Sillau’s leadership, the Circle co-commissioned "My Broken Doll," a play based on the life of holocaust survivor Beatrice Karp, adapted by Ernie Nolan, and "Over The River," a play about friendship by Ellen Struve. In December of 2016, Sillau directed a regional premiere of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." This particular production incorporated American Sign Language, Shadow interpreting, Audio Description, as well as actors with various physical and developmental disabilities. He served as a Teaching Artist Fellow for VSA: The International Association for Arts and Disability and is a frequent contractor for The Kennedy Center. He is frequently called upon to facilitate on the subject of theater and disability, and has conducted workshops on theater and inclusion in Iowa, Nebraska, Tennessee, New York State, Connecticut, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. and more! He holds an MFA in Directing and Inclusion from Goddard College. His professional activities can be found at www.Fransillau.com.

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Jessica Burrill-Logue

Fish -
Jessica is so thrilled to be playing the role of Fish in "The Cat In The Hat!" She is originally from Maine and has been involved in professional theater since the age of 3. You may have seen her on stage or assistant directing shows here at The Rose, such as "Good Night Moon," "Babe The Sheep Pig," "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," "Curious George and The Golden Meatball," "Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt," "Thumbelina," and "Go, Dog. Go!" She is an ensemble member of Kerfuffle and has been the voice for commercials and videos in the Omaha Metro area as well as worked on shows for CBS and the Discovery Channel. She is a fiber artist and educator and when not directing, designing, writing or on stage Jessica enjoys spending time with her two amazing artistic daughters Jules and Jocey, her fluffle farm of adorable dwarf English angora bunnies, and knitting, spinning or weaving away every other free moment while finding joy always in the journey! She’d like to to thank her friends & family for all their love & support & for allowing her to reach for the stars & live her dreams.

Sue Gillespie Booton

Sue Gillespie Booton

Thing 1/Kitten 1 -
Sue Gillespie Booton’s National tour credits include "Annie Get Your Gun," "Beehive," and "Grease." Her latest credits include "Rocky Horror" (Columbia), "Ring of Fire" (Ensemble) and "Always, Patsy Cline" (Louise,) for Artist Repertory Theater. She was an original cast member in Omaha’s longest running musical, "Beehive" (Brenda Lee, Petula Clark, Janis Joplin), and appeared in shows on Royal Carribean, Carnival, Royal Viking and Europe’s Sally Cruise Lines. Her most recent Rose stage appearances include "Madagascar" (Gloria), "The Cat in the Hat," (Thing #1), "Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly" (Mrs. McBee), "Pinkalicious - The Musical" (Dr. Wink/Allison), "Velveteen Rabbit" (Ensemble), "Charlotte’s Web" (Templeton/Narrator/Goose), "The Little Engine That Could" (Blue Dress Girl), "Cinderella" (Fairy Godmother), and "Miss Nelson is Missing" (Miss Nelson/ Viola Swamp) Choreographic credits include "Elf The Musical," "Matilda The Musical," Disney’s "Newsies," "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," "Madagascar," "Mary Poppins" & more! She was a 2015 Theater Arts Guild Best Choreographer nominee for "Tarzan," recipient of the 2014 National Freddy G Award given to outstanding musical theater educators, 2014 Theater Arts Guild nominee for her choreography of "Tarzan," and awarded the 2014 Theater Arts Guild Education Award. She is The Rose Theater’s Resident Choreographer and Director of BROADWAY at the Rose, as well as The Rose Brigade
and The Dance Lab Performing Company. She is thankful that she could return to her
hometown and continue her professional career at The Rose Theater.

Jay Hayden

Jay Hayden

Thing 2/Kitten 2 -
Jay Hayden originally hails from Hebron, CT. They are a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where they earned a B.S. in Secondary Education (Literature). Jay is currently a Teaching Artist Fellow, debuting here at The Rose! Most recently, Jay worked as an Education Associate with the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and as a Box Office Manager with Vermont Stage. Some favorite past roles include: Moritz ("Spring Awakening"), CB ("Dog Sees God"), and Peter Pan ("Peter Pan"). Jay is ecstatic to be part of The Rose this season, and hopes to be a benefit to the community in the coming year!

Kevin Ehrhart

Kevin Ehrhart

Director -
Kevin Ehrhart has been a member of the Omaha Theater Company staff since 1989 as a Director/Actor/Instructor and Chief Technology Officer. While at the Theater, he has directed mainstage, studio theater and national touring productions. His directing credits include "Charlotte’s Web," "Treasure Island," "Old Yeller," "The Giver," "A Year in The Life of Frog and Toad" and "Pinkalicious." Recently, Kevin directed – "Sherlock Holmes and First Baker Street Irregular" and "The Cat in the Hat." Kevin’s acting credits include George Bailey in "It’s a Wonderful Life," Cat in the Hat in "Seussical" and George in "George and Martha." As an instructor, Kevin teaches Acting Technique classes for BROADWAY at the Rose and DRAMA at the Rose classes on Saturday mornings.

Show Program

Know Before You Go

Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!

A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!

Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.

Accessibility

Everyone deserves a chance to experience the magic of theater. Performances are open to children and family members of all abilities. Click here to learn more about accessibility at The Rose.

Social Stories

A social story is a tool that helps individuals better understand the world around them so they can plan for a positive experience, even if they are going into an place that is unknown to them. Social stories help individuals know what to expect and what to do in unfamiliar situations by walking them through the experience. They are often used by individuals on the autism spectrum, children with sensory needs or those with other special needs. They can be very helpful for very young children anticipating their first theatrical experience. The Rose’s social stories feature photos of all areas of the theater to help children of all abilities with a step-by-step explanation of what it is like to visit The Rose, as well as answering questions they may have. Click here to access The Rose’s show-specific social stories.


Theater Location

The Rose is located in downtown Omaha at 2001 Farnam Street on the southwest corner of 20th & Farnam Streets.

Directions

From west Omaha, take I-80 East to 1-480 North and exit onto 20th Street. The Rose is located on Farnam Street, approximately three blocks south of the 20th Street exit.

Convenient Parking

The closest and most convenient parking is available for $2 in the garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas Public Building Commission (1910 Harney St., Omaha, NE 68102).

Parking meters surrounding the theater are active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with free parking available on Sundays and holidays. A variety of parking lots are available around the theater, as well, ranging in cost from $2-$5.