“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!”

These words of Dr. Seuss rang true for some Indianapolis Public Schools students, who recently trekked through the dreary winter weather for a warm afternoon of fun at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. Civic invited several IPS classrooms to enjoy their annual celebration of the author’s birthday – a live stage version of “The Cat in the Hat.”

“I am sure it was the first time some of them had experienced a play or live performance of a story like this,” said Rousseau McClellan School 91 Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher Cynthia Williams. “I am so happy to have had this opportunity to expose them to an art form with which they were unfamiliar.”

All of the characters from the Dr. Seuss classic came to life on stage – from Sally and her brother, to Thing One and Thing Two, and of course, the Cat in the Hat himself. Teachers were able to incorporate this fun theatrical experience into lesson plans as well. Each classroom that attended the show received a hardback copy of the book, and the theatre developed an educators’ resource guide with information and ideas to learn more about Dr. Seuss and how theatrical productions are crafted.

“Our students really enjoyed the show,” said Rousseau McClellan Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher Katie Hagen. The preschooler next to me was literally on the edge of his seat, bouncing with excitement the entire time! We later wrote about the experience in our journals, and many students mentioned funny parts in the play that made them laugh. They truly had a blast!”

We truly appreciate our partners at Civic who made this magical experience possible for our students. When it comes to theatrical reviews, it’s hard to top the student who told her teacher, “This is the best day of my life!”