Lloyd Webber’s Cats prowl onto local stage

Meow: Savannah Story, Phoebe Lewis and Angus Hoff prepare for Vocal Lab Theatre Company’s production of Cats in Murray Bridge. Photo: Supplied.
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One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most loved musicals is coming to Murray Bridge this weekend.

Vocal Lab Theatre Company will present a local production of Cats at the Murray Bridge Community Club from tomorrow night.

The show focuses on a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” to decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

It is based on TS Eliot’s poetry, as presented in “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”.

Director Ian Colley said he chose the show because he loved the music and the spectacle, but especially because it would give the young cast members a massive opportunity to dance.

“It involves so many diverse characters that everyone gets a go, which is pretty important to me,” he said.

“It challenges a lot of the senior kids in my group that are all working on being a triple threat, makes them dance pretty hard.

“People like Charlie and Angus Hoff, from James and the Giant Peach to Cinderella to this, these kids are really starting to show off.

“I love the fact that it’s giving kids of all ages a chance to do something special.”

That said, the on-stage talent will range in age from three to 60-something – “she won’t tell me her age”, Mr Colley said of the eldest cast member.

The performers have had eight to 10 weeks to memorise their scripts and learn the music by heart, but the show itself has come together during an intense two-week rehearsal period.

“It’s 10 weeks of rehearsal shoved into two weeks,” the director clarified with a grin.

“The process is the same as for a professional show, which could take a week and a half to put together.”

But he said the finished product would be equal to any other local production.

Louise McCulloch, who he said was “very gifted” in working will children, will choreograph the dance sequences.

Tammy Gamble will play former glamour cat Grizabella, Jessica Donald will be cat burglar Rumpleteazer, and Jarrod Matulich has been cast as the railway cat Skimbleshanks.

Mr Colley hoped Vocal Lab’s Cats would be a more “humanistic” version of the classic, with performers dressed in clothes and makeup rather than realistic cat costumes.

The last local production of Cats was in 2008, by the Murray Bridge Players and Singers.

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