The newest production at Kansas City’s Theatre for Young America, “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake,” continues through May 16 with numerous performance times and dates to give parents and/or grandparents ample opportunity to take their youngster to see the sequel to the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Performances of “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake” are on the H & R Block City Stage in the lower level of Kansas City’s historic train station, Union Station. Most performances are mornings with several noon and afternoon performances interspersed. An evening performance allows working parents to still take their children and Theatre for Young America adds a special performance with sign language.
According to Theatre for Young America, “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake”poses the question, “Why would anyone give a cat a cupcake?” The book and its prequel come from children’s author Laura Numberoff. Both are considered “cause and effect” stories.
Information provided by Theatre for Young America said, “When a cat adds on the sprinkles, the ordinary can get pretty wacky. . . A little girl is bored and she wants her dad to play with her, but he has to work. When the girl gives her cat a cupcake a grand adventure unfolds. Suddenly, the cat can talk and walk and misbehave. The girl ends up chasing him to the beach, gym, park and museum. She discovers what sprinkles and a little imagination can do.
The three member cast is: Alexandria Washington as Girl, Evan Lovelace as Cat, Mike Ott as Sensei Chuck, Dad, Rufus the Dog, Paleontologist Pete, and Louis the Hermit Crab. The production crew is: Gene Mackey, producer; Valerie Mackey, director and costume designer; Xanda Pilley, stage manager; Meike Westra, production assistant and properties master; Sheryl Bryant Mackey, costume and props designer; Kylor Green, lighting designer; Eric VanHorn, technical designer and set designer.
TYA employs professional actors to present children’s programming. Their goal is to introduce children to live theater and provide a positive theatrical experiences for their younger audience. TYA also offers classes and summer programs for students, a spokesman said. Check their website for more information.
For more information and to reserve tickets, call Theatre for Young America box office at 816.460.2083. Group and single tickets may also be purchased from Union Station at 816.460.2020 or reserved online at either the Union Station or TYA websites. The single ticket price is $10. Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. Performances take place on the H&R Block City Stage, on the lower level of Union Station. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road in Kansas City, MO, 64108. Performance dates are times are available through the TYA website.