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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber: Lyrics by T.S. Eliot; Based on the book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot; Additional lyrics by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe.

It's the night of the Jellicle Ball. The cat clan has gathered for the annual event at which the revered elder Old Deuteronomy chooses the most deserving cat to ascend with him for a heavenly reward. The cats have gathered, and one by one, we learn about their personalities, exactly as T. S. Eliot portrayed them in his book of poems. Jennyanydots, Cassandra, Bombalurina, and Jellylorum are the first to strut their stuff. They welcome Rum Turn Tugger, a rock-star-idol type of cat, creating just the right mood for the arrival of Grizabella, the Glamour Cat. She is an aging beauty who has roamed some of the lowest alleys.

The younger felines mock and avoid her. Bustopher Jones, mature and well-rounded, catches everyone's eye with his natty clothes and well-groomed look. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, two mischievous, fun-loving cats, provide a light moment before Old Deuteronomy arrives and sets a more serious tone for the ball. Barred from the festivities, Grizabella reflects on her memory of happier times and the new life that could be ahead. Also on the sidelines, Gus the Theatre Cat finds fault with the lack of dedication he perceives in today's actors and reminisces about some of his finest roles. In Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat, we find great pride and commitment in doing the relatively small job of keeping a single train on schedule. Macavity, the "fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity," is talked about in hushed voices. "Was there ever a cat so clever as magical Mr. Mistoffelees?" Yes, and much to the delight of all he bursts upon the scene. Still it is Grizabella that demonstrates the greatest depth of character and need. She is chosen to accompany Old Deuteronomy on this year's ascension "up, up, up, past the Russell Hotel. Up, up, up to the Heaviside layer."

Before their departure Old Deuteronomy summarizes Eliot's lifelong passion for paralleling catlike names and attributes to people he had observed:
"You've heard of several kinds of cat
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand our character.
You've learned enough to take the view
That cats are very much like you."

KEY INFORMATION

Name:
CATS

Age Range:
12 - 18 year olds

Location:
Wykham Hall, Banbury School

Dates:
27th July - 4th August 2013

WORKSHOP DATES

Saturday 9th March, Taster Day, 2pm - 5pm

Sunday 14th April, Audition Preparation, 10am - 1pm

Sunday 28th April, Auditions, 3pm - 7pm

Sunday 9th June, CATS Workshop, 2pm - 5pm

Sunday 7th July, CATS Workshop, 2pm - 5pm

Sunday 14th July, Dancers Workshop, 2pm - 5pm

Sunday 21st July, Dancers Workshop, 2pm - 5pm

All workshops will take place at Carrdus School unless otherwise stated.