Forest Moon Theater Company’s first youth production, “Curiosity Cat,” took place March 27-29. Directed by Heather Snow Clark, “Curiosity Cat” is the story of two displaced children living with their aunt, and a stray cat named Curiosity, whose own effort at helping other stray cats find somewhere to live eventually leads him and the children to a place they can all call home together.
Rose Davis, 15, is a student at Franklin Academy, a Wake Forest charter school, and lives outside Knightdale. She plays Coot Cat, an aged female cat abandoned by her owner. The play’s title character, Curiosity, finds Coot and tries to find her a home.
"I’m a big theater person I’ve done multiple musicals and plays for school and outside for John Casablanca’s Talent agency," said Davis, referring mostly to commercial modeling (clothes and shoes). "This role is like nothing I’ve ever done ever before. I’ve never played an animal before and I’ve never played an older character. Last year at Franklin Academy I was in The Sound of Music and I played the youngest Von Trapp, this year I’m a step sister in Cinderella."
Riley O’Brien, 9, of Wake Forest, attends East Wake Academy in Zebulon. She plays Nacho, one of 12 stray cats, who all appear together in several scenes both in an alley and later at the animal control center and speak in in a sort of a chorus. Curiosity names the strays in one scene.
"I’m a black cat and I guess I’m 2 years old. I’m one of Curiosity’s first friends. It’s exciting because you haven’t had a name for your entire life. You finally have identity. You finally know what is your name. It makes you feel special and important and really good," O’Brien said.
To celebrate the event and to support Curiosity’s efforts by promoting local cat adoptions, the theater partnered with Safe Haven for Cats in Raleigh, a no-kill shelter that has helped more than 6,000 cats find a home since 1994.