Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alums Launch Otherworld Theatre’s ‘Space Cat Holidays’ Dec. 8-Jan. 7

Otherworld Theatre, a company founded and led by Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, presents the sci-fi comedy Space Cat Holidays, a heartwarming, family-friendly adventure story that celebrates young people’s ability to solve problems by working together and using their imaginations. The show runs December 8, 2023, through January 7, 2024, at 3914 N. Clark, Chicago. Tickets are $15, with a limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets available for each performance. For tickets, click here.

Carson Bartholomew

Belle Decker

The show is co-directed by Columbia College alums Carson Bartholomew ’21 and Belle Decker ’21, both graduates of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Comedy Writing and Performance.

Sofia DiGiovanni

Tiffany Keane Schaefer

Columbia College alum Sofia DiGiovanni ’21, also a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Comedy Writing and Performance, is the show’s stage manager. Otherworld’s founding artistic director is Columbia College alum Tiffany Keane Schaefer ’12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program. Schaefer founded Otherworld Theatre in 2012 as a company dedicated to developing and producing theatrical entertainment in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

On the Planet of the Cats, on Kitmas Eve, two young kittens make the mistake of answering a riddle, and making a request, of what appears to be an ancient Egyptian artifact. The kittens only wanted to get their Kitmas gifts early, but they find they have accidentally made their mother disappear. It turns out that the artifact is an AI device belonging to the Time Police, who want their device back. Space Cats Spooky and Whiskers set out to rescue their mother from the Mouse King, answering riddles and occasionally singing along the way, with interactive help from the audience. In the end, they must rescue Sandy Claws himself from a Time Police Time-Out, so that he can continue delivering gifts every Kitmas to all the kittens on the Planet of the Cats.