Pine Rivers Press, 14 May 2015 / MUSICAL A PURR-FECT NIGHT OUT: Show proves the cat’s meow
by Bernie Dowling
[INSET: TAIL TOLD WORLDWIDE
Cats opened in London on May 11, 1991 - 24 years ago this week - and became the longest-running musical in the history of British theatre.
Cats is also the third-longest-running Broadway show after Phantom of the Opera and Chicago.
It ran from 1987 to 2006 and has since been performed in more than 20 languages.
Most of the songs in CATS are set to the poetry of T.S. Eliot set to the music of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The entire show is told through music, song and dance.]
STUNNING costumes, great dance routines and toe-tapping songs bring many a West End and Broadway hit to mind - and one of them would be Cats.
Strathpine-based SQUIDS musical theatre company is bringing the perennial smash to Redcliffe Cultural Centre, in Irene St, opening on Friday night.
One of the performers is Cara Duffield, from Bray Park, who said she was enjoying her roles as assistant choreographer and cast member.
“This has been a wonderful experience and I’m really looking forward to the performance,” Ms Duffield said.
Mike Lapot, from Kallangur, said he could not wait to show audiences how great community theatre could be.
“I’ve been having so much fun working on this show with this talented cast,” he said.
Chris Cathcart, also from Kallangur, said the hard work of cast and crew would be on show.
“The show has been fantastic to work on in both the technical and performance aspect.”
New Farm’s Kate Peardon said Cats was a fantastic show.
“There’s something captivating about humans singing, dancing and acting as cats that actually works,” she said.
The musical spectacular, with original compositions by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on poet T.S. Eliot’s book - Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
The SQUIDS production will involve more than 60 performers and feature dance styles including jazz, tap and ballet.
The show will also feature a “kittens” children’s ensemble with performers aged six to 15 years drawn from across the Moreton Bay Region.
[Main picture: Bray Park’s Cara Duffield in full Cats costume with, above, Chris Cathcart and Mike Lapot, from Kallangur.]