Award winning TEMPO (The Edge Musical Performing Organisation) are back and this year they are bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical 'Cats' to Wilmslow at the beginning of March.
This year the cast have ditched their leg warmers and embraced their inner feline for what promises to be another impressive show.
Chairperson Alison Bisset said, "We are all so excited to be putting on Cats this year, it is not like anything that we have done before. Our cast have been busy learning how to walk, talk, dance and sing like Jellicle Cats and I'm confident their hard work will result in another great show that all ages can enjoy. No two years are ever the same at TEMPO, and everyone is enjoying the challenge of another very different production which allows us to show our audience the wide range of singing, dancing and acting skills of our talented cast. "
Cats is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and follows the lives of the Jellicle Cats on the night of the Jellicle Ball. The story is set in a larger than life junk yard and on this special night the tribe's leader, Old Deuteronomy, must choose one cat to venture to the Heavyside Layer and be reborn into a new Jellicle Life.
Andrew Lloyd Webber brings Eliot's poetry to life with his composition along with additional lyrics by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe. The show originally opened in the West End in 1981 where it ran for 21 years and this success continued overseas as the Broadway production successfully ran for 18 years. Cats is now a musical favourite all over the world and has been translated into over 20 languages. The show features the much-loved characters Macavity, Mr Mistofelees and The Rum Tum Tugger as well as some show-stopping numbers such as 'The Jellicle Ball' and, of course, 'Memory'.
'Cats', a Youth Group Production will be at the Evans Theatre, Wilmslow Leisure Centre, between Tuesday 6th and Saturday 10th March. Performances are at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. For more information and tickets go to www.tempotheatre.com. Tickets are also available by calling 07969 176148.
Photos, courtesy of Tony Ioannides: Elliot Blyth and Grace Goddard as Old Deuteronomy and Grizabella; Ethan Hadfield and Poppy Preston as Mungojerry and Rumpleteazer; Emelia Masion as Jennyanydots and cast rehearsal.