Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical CATS first opened in London’s West End in 1981 and was the second longest running musical on Broadway. This show, known for its innovative make-up, costumes, music and dance, opens April 19 at the Geauga Theater in Chardon.
“One of the biggest challenges for Greg and me was moving the expected junkyard set to a back alley,”
Designing a set for human sized cats was the task for set-designers Greg Pribulsky and Steve Wilcox. “One of the biggest challenges for Greg and me was moving the expected junkyard set to a back alley,” stated Wilcox. “We’ve limited the expected cues for scale by eliminating right angels. The audience will enjoy special effects throughout the production, and the way director Lisa-Marie utilizes her actors within the set.”
There will be a children’s “CATS” themed event on April 27, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Children will have their hair done in the style of a cat at Marci’s Hair on the Square, get cat make-up, sip milk and eat cookies, learn to dance like a cat, plus meet the cast of CATS on stage. There is also a chance to be part of the Maple Festival parade. Cost is $12.00 per child and reservations are required. Call 440-285-7701 for more information about this event and also learn about how you can adopt a CATS character, get a plush cat and a certificate, and visit your adopted “cat” on stage, while providing support for the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild.
Geauga Lyric Theater Guild’s CATS, sponsored by Gem Electric, directed and choreographed by Lisa-Marie French, by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein, will run April 19-21 and May 3-12. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m.; with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18.00 for adults, $15.00 for students and seniors, $10.00 for 12 and under.
The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, in Chardon, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit us online or call the box office at 440-286-2255.
Photo Detail: Leah Phoenix trying out make-up in rehearsal for CATS as Demeter.