The Amazing Acro-Cats play a double feature in Sanford this weekend


Herding cats is no big deal for Samantha Martin, the trainer and animal welfare advocate behind the Amazing Acro-Cats. She's been teaching cats to jump hurdles, balance on balls and play in their own rock band (The Rock-Cats) for more than a decade, striving to keep the furballs mentally sharp between their day gigs in TV, film and advertising. The result is an adorable live show that somehow blends a kitty playing a cowbell with information on cat training and animal rescue. One of Martin's cats even broke the Guinness Wozrld Record for longest jump by a domestic cat, leaving us saying "meow wow!" and "they have a category for what?" The cats might not always do exactly what Martin asks, but that just lends credibility to the Acro-Cats as a rock band and proves, once again, that cats don't need our approval – but they'll be damned if you don't take the time to appreciate them. If this is what everyone means when they talk about crazy cat ladies, hand over the kitties and sign us up.

3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13 | Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford | 407-321-8111 | | $21-$40

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