First Look: The White Cat

The King

The King puppet designed by Ian Petroni, illustrated by Nina Huryn

We’re incredibly excited to be premiering The White Cat, a new pastiche entertainment based on Marie-Catherine D’Aulnoy’s 17th-century fairytale, April 23-26, 2020 in 6 performances in Akron, Cleveland, and Beachwood, OH. It will be a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the imagination. Enjoy this FIRST LOOK at illustrations for the puppets designed by Ian Petroni (illustrated by Nina Huryn) and projections designed by Shawn Keener.

The White Cat Puppet designed by Ian Petroni, illustrated by Nina Huryn

A feminist re-write of Puss in Boots, the story will to be brought to life by two singers (Elena Mullins and Jason McStoots), two puppeteers (Ian Petroni and Mikaela Clark), and LD’s crackerjack chamber ensemble (including oboist Debra Nagy, violinist Julie Andrijeski, viola da gambist Steuart Pincombe, and harpsichordist Eric Milnes) along with sets by Ian Petroni and projected visuals designed by Shawn Keener. Artistic Director Debra Nagy created the score (a pastiche of French Baroque music by Couperin, Lully, and others) and Larry Rosenwald has created the English libretto.

Entrance to Louis XIV’s Labyrinth at Versailles

The show will be simultaneously wholly accessible and delightfully complex. Full of magic, storytelling, and even a bit of baroque dance, the production will bring attention to the historical contributions of women writers to the fairytale genre, introduce Baroque music and entertainment to broad, new audiences, and result in the creation of a new pastiche Baroque opera for 21st century audiences. We can’t wait to share it with you!