You can still catch the Acrocats this Saturday and Sunday at El Portal Theater in NoHo, either at the afternoon matinee or in the evening. All of the Easter weekend activities are in the morning–church, Easter egg hunts, biting the ears off of all the chocolate bunnies–so why not spend two hours of the day at the cat circus? Watch Annie, Buffy, NOLA, Oz and their feline pals jump through hoops, walk the high wire, roll barrels, jump over obstacles, climb ropes, and wear ruffly collars without spending the whole show trying to remove them. One member of the troupe, Alley, was even awarded the Guinness Book of World Records title for longest jump made by a cat!
The Acrocats is the newest program by a traveling troupe of cat performers known as The Rock Cats, who, unsurprisingly, also have a rock band. Besides crossing the country to delight and amaze, the cats are ambassadors for Rock Cats Rescue, raising awareness about feline fostering, rescue and adoption. The performers are all former orphans, rescues, or strays themselves. A portion of the shows’ ticket sales goes toward cat and kitten rescue, and the tour bus is even a mobile adoption center.
Expert animal trainer Samantha Martin has studied animal behavioral sciences and she is a leading advocate of “healthy, effective clicker training techniques.” She has used her skills to work in the entertainment industry as well as using clicker training to solve animal companions’ behavioral problems.
After their LA shows, the Rock Cats will be performing in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland, and Renton, Washington before ending the West Coast part of their tour. For more information or to volunteer, visit the Rock Cats’ website.
Tickets range from $22 to $45 and can be purchased here: