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APSU to show children's play 'Puss in Boots and Other Cat Tails'

Puss in Boots and Other Cat Tails, the childrens play opening at Austin Peay State University on April 21, is more than just a fun afternoon watching a bunch of felines. The show is actually an exploration of other cultures, and both children and adults may come away entertained, but also having learned a thing or two.
“Puss in Boots and Other Cat Tails,” the children's play opening at Austin Peay State University on April 21, is more than just a fun afternoon watching a bunch of felines. The show is actually an exploration of other cultures, and both children and adults may come away entertained, but also having learned a thing or two.

“It deals with multiculturalism,” Ricky Young, director and APSU student, said. “It's a creative telling of four different stories involving cats. In addition to ‘Puss in Boots,' we go into the African tale of ‘The Wildcat and the Hyena.' We go into the Asian tale of ‘The Magic Ring,' and we go into the Mexican story of ‘The Cat, the Rooster, and the Lamb.'”

The play begins at 7:30 each night and runs through April 25. It is a joint production between the APSU Area of Theatre and Dance and the Theatre Organization for Youth by Students (TOYS).

“This is a rare occasion, because this is one of the first student-produced productions on the main stage,” Young said.

The main stage in the APSU Trahern building is traditionally used for faculty-produced plays featuring APSU students. But this year, the department decided to give a few talented students an opportunity to put on a show on that stage. Students applied and were selected by faculty to serve as the show's production crew.

The crew includes Young, Rebecca Beasley and Amy Allen. The cast includes Riley Braem, Edward Garcia, Amber Gaulden, Cinthya Griffith, Heather Nicholas, Octavious Padgett, Russell Qualls and Joshua Wagner.

Many of the students are members of TOYS, which puts on children's plays throughout the year. Young said their experience targeting an audience of children and adults has led them to discover what appeals to both demographics.

“There's usually a lot of humor,” he said. “Since it's the parents that take the children to these shows, you have to make sure they're entertained.”

Admission to “Puss in Boots and Other Cat Tails” is free for children 12 and younger, and $5 for everyone else. The front rows will be reserved only for children.

“They can expect to see a feast of sights and sounds because we're using the music, very much like STOMP, through found objects,” Young said. “You can expect to be told a story, but also to laugh and learn something about other cultures.”

For more information on the show, contact the APSU Area of Theatre and Dance at 221-6767. -- Charles Booth