Community invited to children's play "Master Cat" Nov. 15-17 Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more on Nov.16-17

Nov 06, 2018

students invite the local community to the family-friendly play “Master Cat” Nov.15-17. Theater students at OC have been rehearsing for weeks on this fun, musical show that is based on the classic children’s story “Puss N’ Boots.”

Written by Bret Carter, “Master Cat” is the story of a cat that wears boots and goes on swashbuckling adventures. Through his deceitfulness and clever tricks, he is trying to win over the hand of a princess for his master.

The production is directed by OC theater alumna Anna Wilcox, who recently moved back to the area after years of running the Backstory Theater in Broomfield, Colorado. She now serves as OC’s assistant stage producer for theater. She is proud of her students’ hard work and believes attendees will enjoy the show.

“I love seeing the passion my students bring to this,” Wilcox said. “It’s been great getting to see the talents each one of them has.”

In addition, Wilcox believes the show’s themes of courage and redemption resonate with people of faith.

“I think children learn early what it means to be courageous while scared,” she said. “Learning from failure and seeking redemption are themes that adults, believers or not, need to be reminded of, too.”

Master Cat is a production aimed toward younger audiences, but audiences of all ages will enjoy the comical show. 

OC student Lisa Pergi said the show has been a lot of fun to rehearse.

Anna is so helpful, and the cast loves the chance to stage a play at OC,” Pergi said. “All our hard work is worth it when we see all the smiles on the faces of children and adults in the audience.”

OC’s leads for “Master Cat” are Parker Cannefax as Thomas and Anna Johnson as the cat. Cannefax is a junior from Tyler, Texas, and Johnson is a freshman from McMinnville, Oregon. Twelve additional students comprise the rest of the cast.

After the performance, there will be a talk-back session with the cat. This will be a chance for the children in the audience to interact and ask questions.

A Nov. 15 performance at 7 p.m. for students and employees is free with an OC I.D.

Additional performances are Nov. 16-17 at 7 p.m. in Judd Theater with one matinee at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17. Another 10 a.m. show on Nov. 16 is only for students not in college, including home-school groups. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children; groups of 10 or more get in for $5 for each person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/mastercat, via phone at 405-425-6310 or at the OC box office in the Garvey Center. Groups of 10 or more can make reservations via anna.wilcox@oc.edu.