The Cat in the Hat is father to a baby kangaroo.
More specifically, Kevin Ehrhart, who plays the Cat in the Hat in the Rose's revival of “Seussical the Musical,” is the father of Stella, who plays the kangaroo.
As Friday's opening night nears, father and daughter say they are thoroughly enjoying being onstage together.
“What I like best is there's someone to look off of,” said Stella, 8. “If I'm not sure what the director means, there's always someone I can look over to.”
It's not the first time. Both played pirates in “Peter Pan” at the Rose in December 2010, when Stella made a discovery.
“I always used to be worried about bad guys in stories,” she said. “I'd play Cinderella with Mom, and I never wanted to be the bad guy.”
But being a thoroughly bad pirate with Dad was a lot of fun, she said. Her new character isn't perfectly behaved, either. In fact, Baby Kangaroo is very sassy.
“She tries to do exactly what her mom does,” she said.
Stella comes by her love of acting as the child of two theater professionals, Ehrhart and director-actress Stephanie Anderson. Stella acted with her mother in a Christmas show at the Circle Theater and soon will play the lead at the Circle in “The Bad Seed.”
Stella has been listening to the soundtrack of “Seussical” since the last time Dad played the Cat in the Hat at the Rose, when she was 1 year old. When her mom took her to the show, she recognized Kevin from the audience and loudly called out “Dada,” which still chokes Kevin up as he recalls being a new dad.
“What I like best about this is just to spend time with Stella,” he said. “This is a super-duper bonding experience. We grab dinner before a rehearsal or ice cream after. It's a special thing we do together.”
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