Pete the Cat Cruises Back to the Center for Puppetry Arts

Pete the Cat Cruises Back to the Center for Puppetry Arts

Beloved children’s book character, Pete the Cat, comes to life on stage March 31 – May 31

Join Pete the Cat and his menagerie of friends on a groovy adventure based on the New York Times best-selling children’s book series by Georgia authors James and Kimberly Dean. The Center’s adaptation creates a “day in the life” of Pete by using selected scenes from some of the most popular books in the series.

To celebrate the opening weekend, author James Dean will make a special guest appearance at the Center for a book signing and post-show Q&A on Saturday, April 4. The book signing is at noon, followed by a special 1 p.m. performance of Pete the Cat that includes the post-show Q&A with James Dean and the Center Artistic Director Jon Ludwig. This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from the artists about how the Pete the Cat book series was adapted from the page to the puppet stage.

Pete the Cat features rod puppets, projected animations, original music and interactive elements, such as singing along with The Wheels on the Bus and helping Pete solve a math problem. The cast includes veteran performers at the Center for Puppetry Arts including Luis Hernandez, Amy Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Maggie Birgel, Jimmica Collins, and Puppeteer/Composer Dolph Amick, who wrote the original music.

Stories included are:
Pete the Cat: Rock on Mom and Dad
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
Pete the Cat’s Big Lunch
The New Guy
Valentine’s Day is Cool
Bedtime Blues

Ludwig and Resident Puppet Builder Jason Hines lead the Center’s design team in the adaption of the award-winning book series into this production for the puppet theater. “We wanted whatever we put on stage to look exactly like it does in Dean’s books, whether it’s Pete scuba diving or skateboarding or playing his guitar,” Hines says. “Our goal is for people to leave the theater saying, ‘I just saw Pete the Cat. Alive-right there in front of me!’” Ludwig says.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is continuing its dedication to programming for patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Sensory-Friendly Sunday on May 10. Sensory-friendly modifications will be made to the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. performances as well as in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum from noon-5 p.m. and in the Create-A-Puppet Workshops™ from noon-5 p.m. The Center will also provide social stories, a quiet room, noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses and fidget toys for guests wishing to use those resources. For more details visit

Recommended for ages 4 and up, Pete the Cat will be performed in the Mainstage Theater March 31-May 31. Discounted seats are available for the preview day March 31 at 10 a.m. and noon.

The show schedule is as follows:

  • March 31-April 5:         
    • Tuesday: 10 a.m. and noon
    • Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

*Reduced-price preview March 31

  • April 7-11:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and noon
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

*The Center will be closed on Sunday, April 12

  • April 14-May 24:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • May 26-31:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and noon
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Family Series all-inclusive tickets include the performance, entrance to the Create-A Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Pete the Cat Hand Puppet, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring a global gallery and the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world. Prices vary.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the ticket sales office at 404.873.3391. All requests for media tickets should go to

About Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council • City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs • Georgia Council for the Arts • The Zeist Foundation • The Wish Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, visit

Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ).The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

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