I am Mommy to three kiddos: a nine-year-old boy (Paul), a five-year-old daughter (Hannah), and a one-year-old baby boy (Dominic). Before I had the baby, we were thrilled to learn we were having another boy. I’d been so worried about the dreaded “Middle Child Syndrome” and realized we didn’t have a middle child; we had a daughter. With that special position in our family, my daughter and I established “Girl Dates” where just she and I go do something where no boys are allowed. Last weekend I had the opportunity to take Hannah to see her very first play. I’ve never participated in Reno’s Artown festivities, and thanks to RMB Co-Founder Annie’s timely and informative post, I decided this was the year. We decided to attend the TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada’s adaption of “The Cat in the Hat.”
We started our date with getting gussied up and wearing pretty dresses. Our viewing of the play was held at the Atlantis Resort & Spa. It was the perfect venue for our girl date with the fancy chandeliers, elaborate decorations, and gilded mirrors. We were greeted by friendly people and Hannah was invited to sit on the floor up close to the stage. Hannah didn’t quite know what to expect; I told her a play was like a movie, but with real people.
It was a joy to watch Hannah’s reactions to the amazing cast, perfect costuming, and fantastic props. The chairs, windows, bed, dresser and more looked like they were directly from Dr. Seuss’s famous book. With a solid blue background, the cast truly stood out and added to the Seuss-like ambiance. The adaptations (what Fish dreams of while she’s sleeping, the silly dances with the Cat’s kittens, and Thing One’s and Two’s mayhem) were splendid. Hannah giggled out loud over several things and sat through the 45-minute performance with rapt attention.
I especially appreciated the end of the adorable play: the entire cast sat on the stage in front of the children and asked questions inviting children to shout out the answers. It was a fantastic way to increase literary comprehension and to make education fun through involving the audience. Questions such as “What did I use as a guitar?” and “Would you tell your Mother if this happened to you?” really got the kids engaged.
Finally, children were invited to meet the characters, hug, and get pictures. Hannah loved meeting the cast; she got to touch Fish and shake the Cat’s tail.
Hannah deemed our girl date “so fun!” and later told the boys they missed out. Her favorite part was the Cat playing different kinds of music and the funny dances. I enjoyed our date as much as she did – although my fun came from watching her joy in the experience.
There are a few more showings of The Cat in the Hat (July 12 th at 7 PM, July 13th at 2 and 7 PM, July 14th at 2 PM – all at the Laxalt Auditorium, and July 15th at 7 PM at Renown’s Mack Auditorium); I highly recommend giving this show a go. The engaging and welcoming cast make it an event your little ones are sure to remember!