The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day.
— “The Cat in the Hat,” Dr. Seuss
Hmmm. A rainy day. Kids. Imagination. It makes for disaster. Or a rollicking good time.
In the case of “Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ ” based on the much-loved children’s book, it’s a rollicking good time. And sort of a disaster for Sally and her brother, the bored subjects at the center of the story.
First Stages Theater for Young Audiences, the family arm of Arizona Onstage Productions, will open the play this weekend.
Get set as Sally and her brother meet that cat with the oversized hat. He pops in to visit at the height of their boredom. And brother, can he wreak havoc.
Now if you are panicking because you love the book and don’t want anyone fooling around with it, take a deep breath: Not a word has changed.
But in the stage version, you get sound effects — and goofy characters moving and shaking and making a mess of everything. Which makes Sally and her brother just a tad nervous about what their mom will do when she gets home.
Katie Bücher directs the play, which features Brian Edward Levario, Eddie Diaz, Cisiany Olivar, Carrie Silverman, Shira Maas and Bradford Hill.
It previews at 5 p.m. Friday. Regular performances are 3 p.m. Saturday (opening); 12:30 p.m. Sunday; 12:30 and 3 p.m. April 26, and 12:30 p.m. April 27 at the Cabaret Theatre, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets for the preview are $10; all other performances are $20 for adults, $15 for children. Run time is 45 minutes — and afterward, hang around for lemonade and a photo opp with the cast. Tickets are available at arizonaonstage.org