Purr-fect show for anniversary year

Horsham and Haywards Heath-based theatre company Act Too celebrate their 20th anniversary year by presenting an amateur youth production of CATS, the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical.

The show will run from Wednesday, August 8 to Saturday, August 11 at Adastra Hall in Hassocks.

Act Too producer/director Lance Milton said: “With all the hype and excitement surrounding the Lord Lloyd-Webber and his search for Jesus so fresh on our TV screens, there is a resurgence in the popularity of his works, and CATS is one of his most adored masterpieces, written and produced a full eleven years after Jesus Christ Superstar in 1970. It introduced the song standard Memo ry.

“Cats first opened in the West End in 1981 and then on Broadway in 1982, each time directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Gillian Lynne; it won numerous awards, including both the Laurence Olivier Award and the Tony Award for Best Musical. The London production ran for twenty-one years and the Broadway production ran for eighteen years, both setting long-run records.

“In support of the future of the performing arts, Andrew’s publishers The Really Useful Group recently released the performing rights to many of his popular works to amateur youth theatre groups to encourage and support the development of the next wave of superstars.

“Act Too have the same aspirations for the young people they develop and promote through their Haywards Heath and Horsham Saturday morning theatre academies. So they were incredibly keen and delighted to be given the chance to stage the musical, with Lloyd-Webber’s brilliant score brought to life with lyrics by T S Eliot (based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot) and additional lyrics after Eliot by Richard Stilgoe and Trevor Nunn.

“The 68-strong Act Too cast have been rehearsing for three months to ensure that the production is of the usual high standard we have come to expect of the group. However they have not only been rehearsing, they have also been designing and making their own costumes and cat makeup for the show too. They have also been developing their cat characters and each has their own cat name.

Lance added: “We are incredibly proud of our reputation for high production values and we are sure that our cast will be a purr-fect example of what we love to achieve with the young stars of the future.”

Tickets available on www.acttoo.co.uk