Interactive family show is free with the price of zoo admission

Sunday, September 19, 2:00 p.m.

New York, NY:
CAT: The Opera Musical, an interactive, family-friendly performance, is coming to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 19.

CAT is an opera-musical about a cat that becomes transfixed and transformed by the world of letters. Written by author George Plimpton, composed by Kitty Brazelton, and directed by Grethe Barrett Holb, the 45 minute opera engages the audience with singing and sound effects, transforming the crowd into the show’s chorus and orchestra.

Full of humor and imagination, this gentle tale set to uproarious music will inspire the young and the young at heart to spread their wings and explore adventures in the world of letters.

Who: WCS’s Central Park Zoo and The Family Opera Initiative

What: C.A.T., The Musical-Opera

Where:  WCS’s Central Park Zoo

When:  Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(Performance begins immediately following the 2:00pm sea lion feeding)

Sophie Bass:  718-265-3428;
Max Pulsinelli: 718-220-5182;

Family Opera Initiative is the premiere company in the United States creating new, high-quality opera works for family audiences. The company was founded by Grethe Barrett Holby, a Southampton resident, to create a substantial new repertory for family audiences, with the goal of bringing the opera experience to a widely diverse audience, and the commitment to engage the community in the process and performance of work - work that Enchants, Challenges and Inspires, with subject matter that matters.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo - Open every day of the year. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. For further information, please call 212-439-6500 or visit

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.