The Colony of the Cats
Written and Directed by Stephen Russell
July 12 – August 24, 2017
Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
All seats $12
This year’s production is a revival of our 2003 hit, The Colony of the Cats, adapted by Stephen Russell from an Italian folktale. The Colony of the Cats is a lively and funny variation on the familiar Cinderella story, with a large cat, Father Gatto, taking the place of the Fairy Godmother.
When goodhearted Lizina is forced to flee her home by her evil mother and equally unpleasant sister, Pepina, she is hired to keep house for Father Gatto and his family of assorted cats and kittens, where she quickly makes friends with everyone. However, homesickness calls and she reluctantly leaves the cats but not before Father Gatto gives her a special gift. Meanwhile, Prince Carlo, the heir to the throne, is being urged by his mother to marry. When he sees Lizina walking by the palace he falls instantly in love. At first all goes well with Lizina’s homecoming but soon her mother and sister are envious and jealous again. Pepina decides she will also go to work for the cats and gain her fortune, but her mean disposition nets her a very different kind of reward. Nevertheless, come Lizina’s wedding day, her mother tries to pass Pepina off as Lizina to the Prince. And who will step in to uncover the deceit? Cats to the rescue!
REVIEW: The Colony of the Cats
by Rebecca M. Alvin, Provincetown Magazine
JULY 26, 2017
Every year, Stephen L. Russell creates theater for children that doesn’t talk down to them, that entertains them as well as their parents, and that often combines traditional folk tales with modern references, mildly political undercurrents, and a bit of a Marx Brothers sensibility. This year is no different as WHAT for Kids! presents a revival of Russell’s 2003 play The Colony of the Cats.
WHAT for Kids!
Now in its 16th season, WHAT for Kids! offers a great night of theater for the entire family.