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Hennepin Theatre Trust and Animal Humane Society team up in the spirit of Cats: celebrating the musical’s theme of second chances

October 24, 2022

The two organizations come together to host the Jellicle Ball on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Hennepin

MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 24, 2022) — In the spirit of the musical Cats, Hennepin Theatre Trust (HTT) and Animal Humane Society (AHS) have teamed up to highlight the virtues of celebrating differences and giving everyone a second chance. The weeklong partnership throughout the run of Cats at the historic Orpheum Theatre will culminate in a special event, The Jellicle Ball, on Saturday Oct. 29, National Cat Day, immediately after the matinee performance, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is aptly named the Jellicle Ball, which is the fictitious event in the musical Cats when the “jellicle” cats gather to celebrate. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will take place in between the matinee and evening performances of Cats, which is being performed at the historic Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) from Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 30 as part of the Bank of America Broadway on Hennepin season. The afternoon will feature activities such as “ask a behaviorist,” where guests can ask AHS’s cat behaviorist questions about why cats do what they do, a meet and greet with Purrs the AHS kitty mascot, and best of all, a visit from some adorable AHS kittens for visitors to meet and play with.

The Jellicle Ball will be held at Jack Link’s Legend Lounge in The Hennepin (900 Hennepin Ave.) located next door to the Orpheum Theatre. The Jellicle Ball is free and open to everyone.

The event is an awareness event for both Twin Cities nonprofits, to showcase the power of working together in the areas of the performing arts and animal welfare. Attendees will also be able to learn about AHS services, which not only benefits the public with traditional animal adoption, but training classes and low-income veterinary services, to help keep people and pets together.

A limited number of tickets for Cats are on sale at HennepinTheatreTrust.org. Show dates are Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 30 at the historic Orpheum Theatre. Performance times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $40. All pricing includes a Building Restoration Fee of $5.00. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

AHS and HTT staff are also available for pre-interviews to promote this fun, educational event.

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

Heart of Hennepin – celebrating 100 years of the Hennepin Theatre District
To honor the centennial, Hennepin Theatre Trust is kicking off a yearlong celebration for the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres, along with The Hennepin event center and 824 Hennepin, home to the Brave New Workshop comedy theatre. This year-long centennial celebration honors the history of the Hennepin Theatre District and looks ahead to what the future holds for the arts, the Trust and downtown neighbors. HennepinTheatreTrust.org/centennial.

Every year Animal Humane Society (AHS) cares for more than 100,000 animals: those that need homes and thousands more through programs for people and pets. As one of the nation’s leading animal welfare organizations, AHS is transforming the way shelters care for animals and engage their communities. From innovative medical and behavior programs to investments in outreach and advocacy, we’re advancing animal welfare and creating a more humane world for animals everywhere. To learn more visit: https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.