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‘Skippyjon Jones’ at the Walnut Street Theatre

The lovable Siamese cat comes to the stage in this hourlong musical based on the books from Philadelphia's Judy Schachner.

The next show in the Walnut Street Theatre’s WST for Kids series is one with a local pedigree. It’s Skippyjon Jones, the story of a cat with big dreams that’s based on a series of novels by Philadelphia’s own Judy Schachner.


Skippyjon Jones, which runs at Walnut Street from March 31 to April 22, is an hourlong musical. It tells the story of the titular Siamese kitten with big ears, who dreams of being “Skippito Friskito,” the greatest dog sword fighter in Old Mexico. 


The play, adapted from Schachner’s book by Linda Daugherty with music and lyrics by Nick Martin, contains valuable lessons for kids about following dreams and accepting differences.


The cast, meanwhile, is culled from the the Theatre School at Walnut Street Theatre. Alexa Cepeda, a Walnut acting apprentice, will play Skippyjon, with other acting apprentices — Anne Bragg (Jilly Boo/Tia Mia), Dana Orange (Scar/Mirror Chihuahua/Alfredo Buzzito), and Austin Turner (Emcee/Don Diego) — also in the cast.


Ashley Kerns, a Theatre School teacher and assistant director of education, is the show’s director.


Schachner, the author and illustrator of the book series, will appear at the April 1 performance to sign autographs and meet fans.

In addition, there are student matinee performances on Friday, March 31Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7.


There are 18 separate Skippyjon Jones books, the first published in 2001.


The show debuts March 31 at 10:30 am. There are 10:30 performances on the April 1, 6, and 7; 11 am performances on April 8, 15, and 22; and 1 and 3:30 pm performances on April 1.


You can order tickets at WalnutStreetTheatre.org or through Ticketmaster.  Tickets are $14.50-$16.50, and $10.50-$12.50 for groups of 10 or more.


Photograph courtesy of the Walnut Street Theatre. 



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