Tuesday, May 1, 2012

“Cats the Musical” to be staged in the Courthouse Theatre, Lismore

Lismore Dramatic Society’s presentation of “Cats the Musical” takes to the stage this month at the Courthouse Theatre from Fri 18th May to Sun 27th May for seven performances.

This musical extravaganza, with a cast of over 40, is ready to bring cheer to all. Rehearsals have been going on in the Courthouse Theatre over the past 4 months and we are looking forward to showcasing the musical talent around Lismore and surrounding areas. The production is directed by Aislinn Celisse Morrissey . The musical numbers and singing this year are under the direction of Liz O'Hara .

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats is based on Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), which the composer recalled as having been a childhood favorite. The songs of the musical comprise Eliot's verse set to music by the composer, the principal exception being the most famous song from the musical, "Memory", for which the lyrics were written by Trevor Nunn after an Eliot poem entitled "Rhapsody on a Windy Night". The show is completely told through music with virtually no spoken dialogue in between the songs. Dance is also a key element in the musical especially during the 10 minute Jellicle Ball dance sequence which is by cheoragraphed by Vanessa Celisse. The set, consisting of an oversized junk yard, remains the same throughout the show without any scene changes. Lloyd Webber's eclecticism is very strong here; musical genres range from classical to pop, music hall, jazz, rock and electro-acoustic music as well as hymnal songs such as "The Addressing of Cats".Cats premiered in the West End at the New London Theatre on 11 May 1981. The musical was produced by Cameron Mackintosh and played a total of 8,949 performances in London. Its final performance in London's West End was on its 21st birthday, 11 May 2002, and broadcast on a large screen in Covent Garden to the delight of fans who could not acquire a ticket for the final performance. It held the record as London's longest running musical until 8 October 2006, when it was surpassed by Les Misérables.

Come and support the show; book tickets soon.

Admisson is €12.00 with concessions of €6.00. Booking opens on 4th May at Cahill’s, Lismore on 058 53992 daily and on 086-893 8373 from 6.00 - 9.00p.m.

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