The Three Wise Cats:
A Christmas Musical
Theatre for Young America (TYA) began in 1974 at the Waldo Astoria Dinner Playhouse. In 1977, the troupe became an independent organization and moved to Overland Park, Kansas, where it performed for 17 years in a converted cinema theatre. During this time the organization grew from 4 productions to 7 or 8 per season, added drama classes, summer workshops and summer productions, and outreach workshops in schools. TYA operated in the Mission Center Mall from 1994 to 2003.
Today TYA performs on the City Stage at Union Station.
The play we saw was The Three Wise Cats: A Christmas Musical.
This holiday musical takes place in winter in the alley beside the St. Francis Residential Hotel in New York City. Max, a street musician, Emily, a young mother, and Maureen, a homeless lady, share the alley with three cats. The plan to convert the hotel into a condominium threatens to disrupt everybody’s lives, including the three cats. So these three wise cats costume themselves as the Three Wise Men and rearrange the alley trash into a giant holiday display and they launch the first annual Christmas Cat Carnival right there in the alley. It is a big musical hit which the people of New York see as a real miracle. It is a miracle that rescues the homes and lives of the residents, and, of course, the Three Wise Cats from the East (East Manhattan).
Becca, Collins, Bob and I visited Union Station to see the Da Vinci Exhibit. We were not disappointed. We were not disappointed.
We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at Kansas City’s Union Station and Science City. First stop was the old Jones Store miniature train. It was once a popular attraction at the Jones Store downtown. Riders must be under 48″ tall (approximately 5-6 years of age and under). Members to Union Station can let their kids ride for free, but it is a fairly steep ticket price of $5/ child if not. (We did not know about the ticket price until after the ride…they had not been very vigilant checking tickets until they un-boarded the train. So we felt obligated to pay the ticket price…)
Behind the Jones Store train the Union Station had a spectacular train exhibit in an area that is hardly noticeable unless you know it is there. Over 8,000 square feet of toy trains. From tiny N-scale model trains to the big G-scale giants of the model train world. The detail of the exhibits is something to behold! The Model Railroad Experience is a FREE admission with any Union Station ticket!
Named one of the country’s 25 best science centers by Parents Magazine, Science City provides over 200,000 visitors annually with an engaging environment ripe for exploration, experimentation and discovery.
Its magic starts with its location. An architectural and historic marvel, Union Station provides a venue unlike any other science center in the nation. From the moment you pass under the clock tower to your first step inside the cityscape of Science City, the experience sets the stage for making memories.
There is something for everyone at Science City.