Apr 4 - May 28, 2017

Pete the Cat


Illustration by James Dean

Based on the book series by James Dean
Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines
Directed by Jon Ludwig

Performance Dates

Apr 4 - May 28, 2017

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Sensory Friendly Performance



Ages 4+

Reduced-price Previews Apr 4 & 5
No shows April 16

This new show is a groovy adventure of one cool, skateboarding, surfing, rocking blue cat and his fine friends. A new show based on the New York Times Best Seller series.

Puppetry Style: Marionette, Rod, Shadow

Create-A-Puppet Workshop™: Pete the Cat Hand Puppet

Mainstage Theater

Special Activities

Sun, April 23, 2017

12-1pm: Museum exhibits
1pm: Performance
1:45-2:30pm: Create-A-Puppet Workshops

Guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.

Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop classrooms will be brighter, quieter, and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. This modified programming also extends to include our expanded Museum, where lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated.

Educational Resources

We planning a whole series of special weekend events to celebrate our world puppet premiere of Pete the Cat.  Watch this space for updates! 

Pete the Cat Book Signing: Saturday - April 8, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

After the 12pm performance of Pete the Cat, meet Kim and James Dean and get your favorite Pete the Cat book signed by the author and illustrator! Books available in the Center Museum Store.

Learn to Build a Robo Pete - Sat, April 15, 11am-2pm

​​Hello Robo is coming to the Center! Their mission is to make personal robotics more accessible and affordable for everyone. They will have their own robots on display that can interact with patrons. They'll show kids how to build a Robo Pete of their very own, just like the one Pete builds in our production. The Robo Pete robot can be made with materials that are inexpensive and easy to order online and it'll look just like Pete's!

Skate Along with Pete - Sat, April 29, 11am-2pm

Pete the Cat loves to ride his skateboard. Check out this "ride" on a 4-inch scaled-down replica of a skateboard called a Fingerboard. Fingerboard experts will be at the Center using their hands to perform an array of dazzling tricks inspired by real skateboarding. Kids will be able to try some boards out for themselves. Join us and enter a drawing to win Fingerboards of your very own to take home!