MU Theatre

The Cat in the Hat

Based on the Book by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Adapted and Originally Directed by Katie Mitchell

Studio 4, 672 Hitt St.

Directed by Kasey Lynch

Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in Katie Mitchell’s adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat! Sally and Boy are stuck inside on a rainy day, when The Cat arrives, and wonderful chaos ensues... but The Fish is very worried. The Cat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 create quite a mess. Will Sally and Boy be able to clean it all up before Mother comes home? Come join the fun to find out!

Adults $16,  Youth $8,  age 3 and under FREE,  Family Pack - $40 for 2 adults, 3 kids
June 9-12, 2022
7:00 pm - June 9, 10, 11
11:00am - June 10, 11
2:00pm - June 12

MU Theatre Rhynsburger  box office hours: M-F, 9a to 5p, and one hour before curtain. Closed from noon to 1p. Or call 573-882-PLAY (7529) or order online at Contact the Box Office for group rates.

We are offering two Cat in the Hat deals at $40 each: 1 adult and 4 youth or 2 adults and 3 youth. We will also offer an early bird discount through May 31st for individual tickets only. Max of 1 discount per ticket. The discount will automatically apply as long as the purchase is within the month of May and individual tickets are being purchased.

Director’s Notes

The beloved children’s book The Cat in the Hat has now been adapted to the stage where audiences can communally indulge in the gleeful chaos of the story. It is a story that reminds me to find the joy, the ridiculous, the positive, and the possibility in every day. How lucky is our team that we get to play make-believe every rehearsal? But imagination is not just for children, imagination is the lifeblood of creativity, and creativity is the foundation of change.

This production comes on the heels of controversy surrounding Dr. Seuss and the racist depictions of marginalized groups in some of his books. We, the Larry D. Clark Summer Repertory Theatre team, recognize and condemn these portrayals. The MU Department of Theatre and by extension LCSRT stand firm in our commitment to producing inclusive and anti-racist work on our stages. This work continues with our production of Cat in the Hat. We have worked to cultivate a space for actors and audiences of all ages, races, genders, sexualities, abilities etc. to bring their authentic selves to this show and share in laughter and camaraderie with one another.

The Cat in the Hat may be a story you remember for the Cat’s shenanigans, or the wild abandon of Thing 1 and Thing 2, or perhaps the zany invention of the Clean Up Machine. For me, I grasp onto the ways these characters make the impossible possible. How the Cat can stack so much on his hat while balancing on one foot on a ball. How Sally and her brother are able to clean up all the mess before Mother comes home. How the Fish manages to stay alive whether in a bowl, in the air, or in a teapot. Imagination creates the conditions for possibilities, and new possibilities may orient us toward radical new futures. We hope you lean into the hilarity of this show and join us in imagining the wacky world of this play, while dreaming of better real-life worlds yet to come.

               —Kasey Lynch, Director