Theatre: Puss In Boots is the Cat’s Meow

Story by Lindsey Chester

Cary, NC – The Cary Players venture into a tale of good vs evil, finding true love and magical pets with their latest production, Puss In Boots, opening May 5.

Good Vs. Evil  and Finding True Love

Cary’s Herb Young Community Center will be transformed into an enchanted forest, a medieval castle and a delightful opportunity for audiences of all ages to enjoy Cary Players Community Theatre production of Puss in Boots by Rowena Bennett.

Under the direction of Staci Sabarsky, the show features a cast of 12 who bring this feline fantasy to life.  Players include George Kaiser, “purrrfectly” cast in the title role, Kirsten Ehlert as the storybook princess, and Pat Berry as a colorful Ogre.

Ms. Sabarsky notes, “It has been a privilege breathing life into this charming story. The broad characters, rhyming couplets, and the cast’s creativity have kept us laughing all through the rehearsal period. The show will be entertaining for both adults and children with it’s themes of good triumphing over evil, finding true love, and the inseparable bond between a pet and its master.”

A Magical Pet

Gus Allen plays Jack, the miller’s son who gains his fortune thanks to his magical pet.  The cast also includes: Chris Bynum as Ratzel, Jack’s evil brother;  Paul Brown an amusing woodsman; Del Fleck  as a comical king and Jeri McKee playing a prissy and regal matron aunt.  Clever cameos are offered by Leon Sabarsky, Kat Froelich, Kevin Phipps and Paul Yosim.

Magic is created with a fairy tale set designed by Jon Dietz and Renaissance-style costumes that David Serxner has created.

This humorous production rounds out a season including family drama and love travails. The Cary Players typically produce four shows and go on “summer vacation” until the fall.

Show Dates May 5-14

All shows performed at Herb Young Community Center, 101 Wilkenson Ave, downtown Cary.


  • Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. – A special performance will benefit Cat Angels Pet Adoptions of Cary. “Pay-What-You-Can” and Bring a Can (of pet food!) to the event.  Donations by cash or check will be accepted at the door.
  • Fri May 6, 7pm
  • Sat May 7, 7pm
  • Sun May 8, 3 pm
  • Fri May 13, 7 pm
  • Sat May 14, 3pm and 7pm (The 3 p.m. performance will be audio described by Arts Access for the visually challenged.)


  • Price: $12 for adults, $10 for students & seniors and $8 for children (12 & under)
  • Where: Herb Young Community Center (101 Wilkinson Avenue)
  • Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 pm to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time
  • Tickets are also available  via TicketMaster at (Note: A service charge applies to on-line orders.)