Sheboygan, WI - Performing at the Weill Center on January 29 at 3:00 p.m., Pete the Cat is a new live musical based on the Pete the Cat series of books by James and Kimberly Dean.
The Story Line
When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.
This 50-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 4 and up.
After a brief New York City-area tour in spring 2016, TheatreWorks USA’s production of Pete the Cat began its national tour in fall 2016. The five actors and stage manager touring with Pete the Cat rehearsed for two weeks in New York City with the director and choreographer. Once the tour begins, the actors and stage manager typically arrive at the performance venue early in the morning to set up the scenery and to prepare for the performance. Following the show, they pack the set, costumes, and sound equipment into two large vans, and drive to the next city, sleep in a hotel, and begin the whole ritual again the following day.
All ticket holders have the opportunity to participate in a FREE Pre-Show Party from 1:30 – 2:45 pm at Above & Beyond Children's Museum, located just north of the Weill Center! Present your ticket to Pete the Cat at the front desk to receive FREE admission to the museum, get your face painted like Pete the Cat and enjoy story time sing-along in their Recording Studio! Suggested donation $2.
A special thank you to Coastal Young Professional Network for volunteering at Above & Beyond's pre-show event and during the musical performance.
All tickets to this performance are around $10. Convenience fees apply when purchasing tickets online or by phone. The Ticket Office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Call 920-208-3243 or visit weillcenter.com for more details about this performance or other shows coming to the Weill Center.
About Theatreworks USA
Theatreworks USA is America's largest and most prolific professional not-for-profit theatre for young and family audiences. Since 1961, Theatreworks USA has enlightened, entertained, and instructed over 85 million people in 49 states and Canada, now performing for about three million people annually. Every year, the company tours approximately 16 shows from its evergrowing repertoire of 125 plays and musicals. Theatreworks USA is the only children's theatre to receive both a Drama Desk and a Lucille Lortel Award. In addition, Theatreworks USA was the recipient of a 2001 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, and in May 2000, The Actors Fund of American bestowed its Medal of Honor upon its founders, Jay Harnick and Charles Hull.
A list of Theatreworks USA alumni reads like a veritable "who's who" of theatre: four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, Robert Jess Roth (Beauty and the Beast), Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie); writers Marta Kauffman and David Crane (TV's "Friends"), Lynn Ahrens and Steven Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island), Jason Robert Brown (13, Parade), Laurence O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde: The Musical), Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q); and Tony-winning actors John Lloyd Young, Roger Bart, Chuck Cooper, and John Glover. Esteemed performers F. Murray Abraham, Henry Winkler, and Judy Kuhn also got their start with Theatreworks, and other actors have gone on to originate lead roles in such Broadway shows as Avenue Q, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Rent, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and many others.
About the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts
As a non-profit organization, the Weill Center provides one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages through live performances performed in Sheboygan’s preserved historic theater.
On October 7, 1996, the Weill Center Foundation, Inc. was established for the preservation and restoration of the Sheboygan Theater. 15 years ago on October 13, the theater re-opened as the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Since the Weill Center historic theater is also home to several local performing art groups including the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony and the Sheboygan Concert Association.
The theater receives no public funding, but relies solely upon the earned income and donations from generous corporations, foundations, families and individuals, plus the efforts of an amazing group of more than one hundred volunteers. Thank you for 15 years of spectacular music, dance and comedy!