Cats on stage like you’ve never seen

Samantha Martin’s heart belongs to cats. In 2009, she created Acro-Cats, a show combining entertainment and education that shows how — just as with dogs — training enhances the feline/human bond. 

All tricks are performed by shelter cats, ranging from kittens to seniors. Tuna, the star of the show, is 13. Martin works with rescue groups across the country, and has found homes for over 150 cats to date.

Acro-Cats is showing at the Aladdin Theater in Portland June 25-26. Participating as stage hands and assistants will be volunteers from House of Dreams no-kill cat shelter and Furry Friends Washington, and a portion of ticket sales will go to those groups. For details and ticket info, visit