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Cat and mice make nice in 'The Tailor of Gloucester'

| Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
“The Tailor of Gloucester' The musical by the Richmond-based theater company is based on a classic children’s book written and illustrated by British author Beatrix Potter and published in 1902.
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“The Tailor of Gloucester' The musical by the Richmond-based theater company is based on a classic children’s book written and illustrated by British author Beatrix Potter and published in 1902.

Virginia Repertory Theatre brings a Christmas miracle to the Palace Theatre with its touring production of “The Tailor of Gloucester.”

The musical by the Richmond-based theater company is based on a classic children's book written and illustrated by British author Beatrix Potter and published in 1902. It tells a tale about a hard-working tailor who can't finish the mayor's cherry-colored coat for his Christmas wedding because he doesn't have the one piece of twisted silk he needs to sew on the final button.

The search for the silk thread turns into a real game of cat and mouse

Luckily for the poor tailor, it's Christmas Eve, the night when animals are granted the gift of speech. After a rousing fight between Simpkin the cat and the house mice, it turns out that they become good friends and help each other to complete the coat, leading to a happy ending for the mayor and the tailor on Christmas Day.

Gordon Bass, tour manager for Virginia Rep on Tour, says the musical is “a wonderful story about working together.” The production, featuring a cast of five actors and singers, is less than an hour long, which is appealing to families with young children.

“There's nothing that takes the place of live performances for children,” he says, “and the actors get as much out of them as the audience.”

He says that cast members enjoy taking questions from young theatergoers or meeting with youngsters in the lobby after the show as time permits.

Beatrix Potter's Christmas “The Tailor of Gloucester” will be performed at 11 a.m. Nov. 24 at Greensburg's Palace Theatre. Admission: $8, $11. Details: 724-836-8000 or thepalacetheatre.org

Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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