I Was a Rat!

In a similar vein as Wicked or The Ugly Stepsister, I Was a Rat! shows us a different perspective on a well-traveled tale. Poor little Roger (even rat-boys need proper names) has nowhere to turn. Luckily, Bob the cobbler and his wife, Joan, have a warm home and welcoming hearts. If only Roger were able to stay out of trouble long enough to enjoy them. He even manages to get thrown in jail for being a dreaded sewer monster! Thank goodness, the Princess arrives in time to straighten the whole mess out, and return Roger to his new home and loving family.

“A funny, clever story, told from the point of view of one charming, unique boy, this popular book by the author of The Golden Compass gives us a surprise ending sure to delight everyone in the family.” - SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell

 

 

In a similar vein as Wicked or The Ugly Stepsister, I Was a Rat! shows us a different perspective on a well-traveled tale. Poor little Roger (even rat-boys need proper names) has nowhere to turn. Luckily, Bob the cobbler and his wife, Joan, have a warm home and welcoming hearts. If only Roger were able to stay out of trouble long enough to enjoy them. He even manages to get thrown in jail for being a dreaded sewer monster! Thank goodness, the Princess arrives in time to straighten the whole mess out, and return Roger to his new home and loving family.

The veteran local cast of I Was a Rat! is lead by Don Darryl Rivera (Disney’s High School Musical, Busytown, The Wizard of Oz, and currently Puppet Coach for Goodnight Moon) as Roger, the rat-boy. He is joined by Rob Burgess (last seen at SCT in Charlotte’s Web), Peter Crook (Hamlet, The Wizard of Oz), Jennifer Sue Johnson (The BFG), Marianne Owen (The Hundred Dresses, Night of the Living Dead, A Tale of Two Cities), Caety Sagoian (The BFG), and MJ Sieber (Night of the Living Dead, Pharaoh Serket and the Lost Stone of Fire). Emily Chisholm and Troy Fischnaller are understudies.

Giomi and cast are joined by a talented production team, including Fight Choreographer Geoffrey Alm, Projection Designer and SCT Technical Director Mike K. Hase, Costume Designer Catherine Hunt (whose work also appears in Goodnight Moon), Dialect Coach Alyssa Keene, SCT Resident Sound Designer Chris R. Walker, Lighting Designer and SCT Production Manager Michael Wellborn and Scenic Designer Jennifer Zeyl.

Author Philip Pullman has published almost 20 books, but is most well-known for his trilogy His Dark Materials, the first installment of which (called The Golden Compass in the US and Northern Lights in the UK) was first published in 1995 and later turned into a film. These have won several prizes, including the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award (the first time the honor was given to a children’s book). Playwright Barbara Field is a playwright whose work has been seen at regional theatres across the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe. In 1982, she wrote an adaptation of Great Expectations for the Seattle Children’s Theatre, which was produced at the old PONCHO Theatre in the Woodland Park Zoo. Her version of the Dickens play won the L.A. Drama Critics award in 1996.

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