Not even a global pandemic can stop Garfield from entertaining at TCT. Garfield the Cat is one of the most famous cartoon cats of all time, and he’s back and at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to captivate yet another generation. Just the mention of Garfield evokes feelings of nostalgia, so when the opportunity to see Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude presented itself, I of course jumped at the chance. For those of you who may not be familiar with Garfield, he is the iconic orange tubby tabby cat from the 1978 comic strip by Jim Davis, which chronicles his life along with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, Odie, the dog, and his feline friends. To be honest, Garfield very well may be my spirit animal, as we are the same age and both of us are carrot tops who may be carrying a few extra pounds and have a similar cynical, sarcastic, and sometimes lackadaisical attitude. We both have a passion for food, a love of naps, coffee, and pasta, and an aversion to exercise and Mondays!
The Children’s Theatre has many safety protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect everyone on and off stage, including the convenient option to view the show from the comfort and safety of your own home. However, if you do chose to see the performance in person as we did, you can rest assured that all possible measures have been taken to keep your family healthy. Face masks are required when entering the building as per state regulation, temperatures are taken, and hand sanitizer stations are present in the front lobby upon entry as well as cute orange and black paw print distance markers in place to ensure proper social distancing.
Next, you are directed to the desk where they ask your name, confirm your tickets, and direct you into the theater where you meet an usher who sanitizes everyone’s hands in your party again and directs you to your assigned seats. Seating in the theater has been decreased to 30%, making for a safe and comfortable environment to watch the show with your family. Seating is in groups of 2 or 4 with plenty of vacant seats all around you. As for the show itself, the costumes have masks and gloves incorporated into them that just looked like they were part of the costume itself. Furthermore, the play bill is completely digital, and the entire production was pre-recorded so that no speaking or singing occurred on the stage, not only protecting everyone but assuring the actor’s voices aren’t muffled by their masks. Once the show concluded, the usher dismissed the theater from front to back by family so proper social distancing was also maintained upon exiting. The entire experience felt very personal, and we felt like our well being was of the utmost importance to the TCT staff.
Time for the Show!
We had the absolute best time seeing Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude! From the moment we took our seats and heard the “cat themed” big band prelude music that was playing, my daughter was giddy with anticipation as she stared wide eyed at the giant cat-shaped marquee over the stage. The entire show was filled with comedy, catchy tunes, and amazing dance numbers that had my daughter laughing and dancing in her seat and singing along as the cast performed. The show concluded with a live Q&A session with one of the actors onstage after the performance, which was quite informative. We enjoyed every minute of our time at TCT. My daughter said, “It was sooo much fun!” I concur completely. The show was absolutely amazing, and we highly recommend it to everyone. Our party/family ranged in age from 3 to 63, and we all had a great time and enjoyed the show tremendously. We can’t wait to go back to see another.
I was fortunate enough as a small child to have my grandparents introduce me to the theater, and I absolutely fell in love. The feeling I get when I’m in the theater is hard to explain. The atmosphere, ambiance, and the beauty of a live performance is exciting and entrancing. I am so happy to have been able to take my daughter to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for her very first live performance on opening night of Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude. I only hope that this experience has sparked something in her as it did for me so many years ago.
The show runs 55 minutes long, which is the perfect length for introducing the youngest ones to the theater. You can see the musical yourself either in person or online. Public performances at Red Bank Road run January 21st to February 14th. Streaming begins January 28th.
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