“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” —Dr. Seuss

At an early age I started typing on my mother’s Olivetti Lettera-32 (not the one pictured … she traded it for a computer and I had to buy a replacement on eBay). Later in my childhood I became involved in amatuer dramatics. After I had to carry the principle cast through most of a one night performance of Hansel and Gretel I decided to pack it in. However, I do still have some pages of stage direction from a musical I was working on at the time.

The Cat in the Hat

The book, I assume, is fairly well known. What is less well known is the 1971 cartoon adaptation for television by CBS. This half hour programme deviates somewhat from the plot but includes a number of songs with music by Dean Elliott and lyrics by Dr. Seuss, who also wrote the teleplay. I have no idea of the rights issues that need to be sorted out to make it happen, but I still think that there’s enough material to work with to bring the CBS version to the stage. My reference point is You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. And that’s as much detail as I’m going to go into. I’d be very happy to see someone else make this happen, but I’d be even happier if someone gave me the opportunity to write it.


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