The curtain is set to rise on the staging of an ambitious production of a much loved West End and Broadway hit which features one of the most famous songs ever written for a musical.
The show, “Cats” with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on “Old Possums Book of Practical Cats” by T.S Elliot will be staged by On The Mark Youth Theatre at Christleton High School at 7 pm on Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st March plus Matinee performances at 2 pm on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March. Previous productions staged by the youth theatre have included “The Addams Family” and “Magic of The Musicals” in 2019.
Originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh with direction by Trevor Nunn and groundbreaking choreography by Gillian Lynne, the show first premiered at the New London Theatre in the West End in 1981 and on Broadway in 1982. It won numerous awards including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier and Tony Awards. Since then, the show has gone on to be performed worldwide with the original productions running for 21 years in the West End and for 18 years on Broadway, making it the longest-running musical in both theatre districts for many years to come. The show features many memorable numbers including one of the most famous songs ever written for a musical, the smash hit “Memory”, famously sung by Elaine Paige in the original West End production.
Featuring 80 talented young performers aged 10 – 19 who make up a cast of 50 for each performance, a total of 90 costumes, 60 wigs, dozens of individual makeup designs and a stunning junkyard set which is completely 100% upcycled from old junk donated by members of the community, the show will be directed for On The Mark Youth Theatre by Simon Phillips with Choreography by Laura Morris.
Speaking about OTMYT’s production of the iconic musical Simon Phillips said “Following on from The Addams Family which was character and acting based, and Magic of The Musicals which was singing based, this is OTMYT’s opportunity to showcase our students’ dance abilities in what is a really challenging show choreographically. It has been a joy and a challenge to work on this entirely sung-through musical and we hope that audiences will be completely blown away by the talent on display as we bring this legendary show to the stage and encourage people to come and see in its original format as a musical.”
Find out full details of the show and how to book at otmyt.co.yk or telephone 0333 666 3366.