Written by Young Professional Guest Blogger Heidi Osaki
The anticipation of waiting for Pete the Cat: The Musical to start is broken up by Pete skateboarding across the stage at random intervals to surprise the eager audience. His quick appearances across the stage are punctuated by the squealing and laughing of excited kids. But as the house goes dark and the show begins, they settle in to their seats, eyes locked on the stage in rapt attention.
Pete the Cat: The Musical is filled with witty humor, fun music, and lots of love. It tells the story of Pete, an outside cat on his own, playing music on the street and his journey of becoming a house cat and growing to love the family that takes him in. The songs are catchy and fun, and there are plenty of moments that provide a laugh for people of all ages. My favorite moment was when a giant Cheeto and a gray “dust” bunny were pulled out from under the couch.
The story and set sparks the imagination, especially with musical numbers like “VW Bus,” where Pete and the kids travel in a magical Volkswagen bus to a variety of fun and exciting places, from the bottom of the ocean to outer space. It was a treat to see this show and I recognized songs like “VW Bus” from Eurydice rehearsals, where we were lucky enough to have Pete the Cat: The Musical as our neighbors. Strings of music and choruses of “VW Bus” would creep under our door, giving the Eurydice cast and crew a sneak peek into this sweet and funny musical.
Pete the Cat: The Musical put a smile on my face and it was a joy to watch. The environment was fun and uplifting, filled with the excitement and wonder from children as they watched the play unfold before them. The moments of commentary and laughter from the young audience and their families show the power Pete the Cat: The Musical has to bring families together for some fun and laughter!
About the Author
Heidi Osaki is a senior at Grant High School and a 5th year Young Professional at Oregon Children's Theatre. She is so excited to combine her interests in writing and theater through blogging for OCT.