Cat in the Hat’ is all that and more



By Terri Spilman

Dr. Seuss’s rambunctious character in “The Cat in the Hat” knew how to put fun into a gray day. And, so does The Center for the Performing Arts with the dedication of an entire day to kids on March 1 by offering an array of ticketed and free events celebrating the performing arts including the state’s first sensory-friendly live performance of The Cat in the Hat produced by the Civic Theatre.

Kids Day at the Palladium will include exhibitors with information about summer camps – including the distribution of the Current’s 2014 Summer Camp Guide, music lessons and theater performances from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the Booth Tarkington Theatre will host a Family Resource Fair from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. as part of their Disability Awareness Day.

Family entertainment at the Palladium will start with a performance of traditional Irish band Ennis Clare in the Robert Adam Room as part of the Duke Energy Peanut Butter & Jam concert series at 10:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, in the Studio Theater, there will be three performances of Blue! The Mediterranean Sea with Teatro Di Piazza D’Occasione which is an interactive theater experience in which dancers, performers and audience members mix and mingle as they embark on an adventurous trip to the Mediterranean. Performances of Blue! are scheduled for 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., tickets are required and can be purchased in advance at

There will also be a free Japanese Drumming Demonstration in the Robert Adam Room at 1 p.m. as a preview of TAO: Phoenix Rising which arrives later in the month.

Family activities and entertainment also abound at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater as the Jr. Civic Theatre presents “The Cat in the Hat” with performances at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and a special sensory-friendly performance at 5 p.m. for children with autism and other sensory challenges sponsored by Main Street. The theater lobby will have quiet areas staffed with autism specialists who will be available for those who need to leave their seats during the performance. The show is only 35 minutes long with no intermissions which is ideal for all young children. The Tarkington Theater is also fully accessible to those with mobility limitations.

“The Cat in the Hat” ● Tarkington Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel ● Performances at 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 26, 27 and 28; 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. March 1 ● Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for people under 18 ● For more information visit

Disability Awareness Day

This event features a family resource fair, workshops, Kids on the Block puppet troupe, and a sensory adjusted performance of “The Cat in the Hat.” Activities begin at 2:30 p.m., and the special show will be performed at 5 p.m.  This special performance will feature a friendly, supportive environment for children or adults with autism or other sensitivity issues. Slight adjustments to the production will include reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe lights. Quiet areas staffed with autism specialists will be available for those who need to leave their seats during the performance. A Disability Awareness Day Study Guide is available for teachers, physicians, tutors, parents and other family members.


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