Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude

55 minutes
Online
Red Bank

In this musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite sarcastic tubby tabby, Garfield awakens to find his birthday – the most important day of the year – has fallen on a Monday. The horror! To make matters worse, all his friends – Jon, Odie, Arlene, and even his nemesis, Nermal – have completely forgotten it’s his big day. Only his beloved teddy bear, Pookie, understands his disappointment. Feeling rejected, Garfield leaves the comforts of home but soon realizes in the outside there’s no T.V., the food is garbage (literally), and animal control is always just around the corner.  In the end, Garfield learns little things like, you know, the value of friendship and that “home is where the heart – and the food – is.

 

 

 

Ages
4+
Grades
K-6
Public Performances
January 21 - February 14 (Streaming begins Jan 28)
School Performances
Digitally streaming January 28-February 14, 2021

Show Times

General Admission Show Times

Date & Time Location
January 21
Thursday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 22
Friday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 23
Saturday - 11:00am
Red Bank Road
January 23
Saturday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 23
Saturday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 24
Sunday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 24
Sunday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 28
Thursday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 29
Friday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 30
Saturday - 11:00am
Red Bank Road
January 30
Saturday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 30
Saturday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 31
Sunday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
January 31
Sunday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 4
Thursday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 5
Friday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 6
Saturday - 11:00am
Red Bank Road
February 6
Saturday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 6
Saturday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 7
Sunday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 7
Sunday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 11
Thursday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 12
Friday - 7:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 13
Saturday - 11:00am
Red Bank Road
February 13
Saturday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 13
Saturday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 14
Sunday - 2:00pm
Red Bank Road
February 14
Sunday - 5:00pm
Red Bank Road

Cast

Deondra Kamau Means Placeholder Image of Yellow Crown on Purple background
Deondra Kamau Means
Garfield

Deondra Kamau Means

Garfield
Deondra has been part of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for the past 25 seasons. As a professional actor, he has traveled to perform in Chicago and St. Louis and in 2007 toured Romania with the cast of Man of LaMancha with Northern Kentucky University. Past TCT productions include The Velveteen Rabbit (Skin Horse), Tarzan the Stage Musical Based on the Disney Film (Kerchak), Alice in Wonderland (Caterpillar), The Wizard of Oz (Lion), Charlotte’s Web (Templeton), The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit (Benjamin Bunny) and so many more. He has performed and/or directed for ArtWorks, Cincinnati Opera, Theatre IV, Xavier Players, Future World Productions, Studio Theater, Happy Nia Productions, Kings Productions Medasi African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Njo jo Family Productions, 144k Artistic Order, Show biz International, and Congo Square Theatre. As a co-creator of the WorkShop series for TCT On Tour, Deondra has written and conducted sessions including Self-Esteem Through Self-Expression, a residency teaching the works of Langston Hughes, Art Alive! and Freedom Songs. He also co-created Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground; created and wrote Martin’s Dream, a one-man show that brings the historical figure of Dr. Martin Luther King to life through the power of story, speech and song; and penned the world-premiere show, Jacqueline and the Beanstalk. All three productions are part of TCT’s brand new, interactive Pick-A-Path offerings. They are also available in-person via TCT On Tour and digitally via Broadway on Demand.
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A. James Jones
Jon/Animal Control

A. James Jones

Jon/Animal Control
James is a Cincinnati native with a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts (SOTA). Favorite credits include: Casper The Friendly Musical (Uncle Stinky), Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs (Prince Thomas), A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale (Aaron Grigsby), The Snow Queen (Prince Kai), Heart Attack with a Knife (Thomas Aykle), Spamalot (Lancelot), Rock of Ages (Lonny), Alice in Wonderland (The Cheshire Cat), and Elf the Musical JR. (Buddy).
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Maddie Burgoon Jones
Nermal

Maddie Burgoon Jones

Nermal
Maddie is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a B.F.A. in musical theatre. She has been performing with TCT for 15 years. Favorite productions include Peter Pan JR. (Tiger Lily), Santa’s Toy Factory, The Day Before Christmas, Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs, and Seussical JR. She has also choreographed for TCT (The Wizard of Oz). Other favorite choreography credits include Spamalot, 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She teaches dance, with her work receiving national awards in tap, musical theatre, hip-hop, and contemporary. Maddie is TCT’s Education Manager.
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Brandi Langford-Sherrill
Arlene

Brandi Langford-Sherrill

Arlene
Brandi, a Cincinnati native, made her first appearance with TCT on the MainStage in 2010 with Disney’s Peter Pan JR. (Pirate/Chorus). In 2012, she appeared as the Gypsy Woman in Rapunzel, Rapunzel: A Very Hairy Fairy Tale. Since then, she has managed and performed with the TCT Touring division, TCT On Tour, for five seasons as a Resident Artist. She just appeared in TCT’s The Velveteen Rabbit (Marching Bear/Fairy), and co-created and stars in the one-woman production, Harriet Tubman: Straight Up Outta’ the Underground, as well as Jacqueline and the Beanstalk, available now on Broadway on Demand and on TCT’s Pick-A-Path platform. Brandi is a proud graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts. She currently resides in Greenhills, Ohio, with her husband Michael and their three children Jordan, Tyson, and Kennedi.
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Evan Blust
Odie

Evan Blust

Odie
Evan is honored to once again perform with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in his fifth season! His notable TCT credits include The Velveteen Rabbit (Soldier), The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin/Monkey), Peter Pan JR. (Lost Boy), Sleeping Beauty (Ensemble), and Casper the Friendly Musical (Donald). He’s also appeared in Billy Elliot (Michael), Newsies (Davey), and Oliver! (Artful Dodger). Evan would like to thank TCT for the wonderful opportunity of being able to perform on stage again!
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Ethan Kuchta
u/s Odie/Jon

Ethan Kuchta

u/s Odie/Jon
Ethan is 18 years old, and is a senior at Lakota West High School. Recently he has appeared in Footloose (Reverend Moore) and Disney’s Frozen JR. (Kristoff) with Royal Theatre Company and in Lakota West High School’s Production of Freaky Friday (Parker). Ethan also enjoys hiking, tap dancing, and hanging out with his friends. He is very thankful for the opportunity to participate in this show with such a talented group of directors and actors.
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Kayla Vogel
u/s Nermal/Arlene

Kayla Vogel

u/s Nermal/Arlene
Kayla is so excited to be involved with her second production at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. She recently served as Swing for almost all roles in The Velveteen Rabbit. Kayla works at The Children’s Theatre as a Ticketing Specialist, as well as a Resident Teaching Artist. She received her B.F.A. in Theater Performance from Ohio University. Kayla is originally from Rochester, NY, which contrary to popular belief, is not the same as New York City. Her favorite hobby is making a mess of her kitchen while attempting new baking recipes without setting anything on fire. She mostly succeeds.
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CJ Zimmer
u/s Garfield

CJ Zimmer

u/s Garfield
CJ is thrilled to return to the stage with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati! Favorite credits include TCT’s Peter Pan JR. (Curly) and The Addams Family (Pugsley) with Kincaid Regional Theatre. CJ is 17 years old and is in 12th grade at Dixie Heights High School in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. He wishes to thank his family for their support.

Credits

Directed by Eric Byrd

Based on the Comic Strip GARFIELD by Jim Davis

Book by Michael J. Bobbitt and Jim Davis.

Music and Lyrics by John L. Cornelius II

©Paws, Jim Davis Michael J. Bobbitt, and John L. Cornelius II

 

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Show Resources

Study Guides
Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude
Show Companion Activity Packet
Grades K-5
30 minutes of self-guided, show-related activity with answer key.
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Podcasts
Garfield, The Musical With Cattitude Edition

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, the nation’s oldest professional theatre for young audiences, invites the young (and young-at-heart) to take a peek behind the scenes. TCT’s Education Manager, Maddie Burgoon Jones, interviews TCT’s Resident Costume Designer, Jeff Shearer. Learn more about Jeff’s special “pandemic” designs for the show.

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