The Cat Came Back: Anticipation and Tickets Giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to Heather!


We here at the Floyd household are big fans of Fred Penner and the Cat Came Back. The marriage of the two is one of our favourite songs.  I was happy to have Fred singing as we had kids. His songs are fun and not too preachy and the melodies and harmonies are interesting. He is a children’s entertainer that takes the adults into consideration. This is why we were thrilled to find out that Fred Penner has written a musical play based on his enduring “The Cat Came Back.”

The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company welcomes the story of Winnipeg’s most famous Cat to the Playhouse stage, in its first theatrical incarnation – The Cat Came Back, co-created by the formidable trio of Fred Penner, Jay Brazeau, and Kim Selody.

In this brand new, fanciful tale, inspired by the song Fred made famous, we meet a merry band of musicians who must deal with their grumpy neighbor Mr. Johnson and his mysterious cat. Together, they learn about the joys and challenges of friendship, and how we can take care of each other. Outstanding feline puppetry and masterful music make this a show you and your family won’t want to miss! As Jay Brazeau so eloquently puts it, “The Cat Came Back is like Kraft Dinner: I grew up with it; it makes me feel good inside, and every time I have it I feel like I am home again.”

From Vancouver Playhouse

Tickets, from $10, can be reserved online at, by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 604 873 3311, or in person at the theatre box office Monday – Friday, 9:30am-5pm.



As many of you know we are big theatre buffs in this family. Even though Anthony and I have been mainly to children’s theatre in the last few years we are thrilled to pass on our love of live theatre to our children. Knowing that this play was commisioned for Manitoba Theatre For Young People makes me even more happy to be able to offer two tickets to one of my readers for the March 31st, opening night performance at the Vancouver Playhouse. Leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favourite Fred Penner song is and you will be entered. Comments will be accepted until 26 February. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to send me their mailing information before I choose another winner. Good Luck!

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5 Responses to The Cat Came Back: Anticipation and Tickets Giveaway!

  1. Nicole says:

    I honestly don’t remember much of Fred Penner (I was raised on the likes of Mozart), but I have a soft spot for The Cat Came Back – in fact, it’s the one song that stands out in my mind, and the one I sing to the Poptart sometimes.
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  2. Arieanna says:

    The Cat Came Back is our favourite song – we also just found the book at the library. Big hit!

  3. Alexis says:

    Not sure whether to curse you for the earworm, or thank you for the opportunity to win tickets. 🙂

    I think “The Cat Came Back” must be my favourite Fred Penner song, since I can’t name any others off the top of my hat!
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  4. Heather says:

    Growing up in Vancouver – it’s ‘It Ain’t Gonna Rain’!

  5. Nicholle Penner says:

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, my favorite song as a kid was The Cat Came Back. I remember driving down to a Disney holiday with my parents and brother when I was 4 and he was 6 and we listened Fred Penner tapes over and over again for days! When we realied we had a “tag along” spider on the side of our truck, he was quickly dubbed “Fred” so we would have our very own Fred Penner to sing along with.(I still don’t know what happened to him, mom and dad said he loved California so much, he jumped truck on the way home to live on the beach.)

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