Children's Theatre Company Kicks Off 45th Season With Production of Dr. Seuss' Classic

Posted on September 13, 2010

CTC Dr Seuss 500 Hats

Since 1979, Children's Theatre Company (CTC) has been the only theatre to produce children's book author Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)'s The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins on stage. Beginning Sept. 17, CTC will kick off its 45th Anniversary Season with this celebrated production. In his whimsical depiction, Seuss wrote of the Kingdom of Didd, where royalty and children alike are plagued by the fact "nothing much happens to happen" to them. In this land, protocol requires all who encounter King Derwin (Ivey Award-winner Bradley Greenwald) to remove their hats and drama unfolds when young Bartholomew Cubbins - played by CTC newcomer Braxton Baker - magically discovers a new hat each time he removes the previous. This year's production will feature original music from the 1979 World Premiere, presented by a live orchestra. The show also features original costume designs by Judith Cooper and scenic design adaptation by Joseph Stanley (Romeo & Juliet and most recently, Disney’s Mulan, Jr.)

“Ted Geisel knew how to make us laugh, how to make us think and question conventional wisdom,” says Peter C. Brosius, artistic director for CTC and director of Bartholomew Cubbins. “He gave us fables that endure. They are witty, wise and come from the heart.”

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins opens Sept. 17, and runs through Oct. 30. Tickets are $26–$40 for adults and $16–$20 for children (17 & under), students and seniors and are available by calling (612) 874-0400 or by visiting

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