TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada’s Curiosity Cat launches Artown Family Series

Curiosity Cat poster

TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada's production of Curiosity Cat will kick off the Artown Family Series with a free performance on July 2. Additional performances run July 6-16 at various Reno venues.

Curiosity Cat, TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada’s summer Artown  production, will launch Artown’s 2012 free Family Series in Wingfield Park, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, July 2.  The touchingly comic production is derived from a play-within-the-book from Chris Grabenstein’s award-winning novel, The Hanging Hill.  It is an engaging story of displaced children and homeless cats as well as family and the value of curiosity. 

The SPCA and Nevada Humane Society will offer cats for adoption during this performance. The Artown Family Series is sponsored by IGT, Sierra Nevada College and the Thelma and Thomas Hart Foundation; official host hotel is John Ascuaga’s Nugget. 

Curiosity Cat actor in cat makeup

Curiosity Cat actors portray displaced cats in a play that will captivate audiences of all ages. Photo by Jaclyn Prescott.

In addition to the Family Series event, Curiosity Cat performances will run 7:30-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 6-7 at the Laxalt Auditorium, 401 W. 2nd St. in Reno; 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, July 8 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno; 7:30-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 at the Laxalt Auditorium in Reno; 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center , 925 Riverside Dr. in Reno; and a final free production, 7-8:30  p.m., Monday, July 16 at the Mack Auditorium at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. 

Admission for the Laxalt Auditorium and Atlantis performances is $10 general and $7 students and seniors.  The production features a local cast of children and youth ranging in age from eight to 20 and is directed by Rod Hearn.  Curiosity Cat is suitable for all ages. 

Curiosity Cat also is promoting a book drive at all performances for the Washoe County School District Read and Succeed program.  Patrons are asked to help make a difference in a child’s life by donating children’s books in good condition for reading levels K-6.  For tickets or more information, please contact TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada at 775-284-0789 or visit www.twnn.org.

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