Before I begin there are a few things I would like to say before going on to the report. I sat in front row (it was general
seating), so I was really close to the stage. Also, I went in my Bombalurina costume (which I have created a new make up design
for and I adore it!) I went with my friend Andrea (Drea) and my Nana. This was such a fun night. I swear, I've never
had so many people take their picture with me. There was no Plato that played Macavity, Coricopat played Macavity.
Alonzo: Malcolm Scott
Asparagus/Growltiger: Max Turner
Bombalurina: Heather Healey
Bustopher/Gus: Rick Cairns
Coricopat/Macavity: Steven Smith
Cassandra: Maddie McKay
Demeter: Jessica Walcott
Electra: Marsha Robert
Etcetera: Laura Varley
Exotica: Kay Kenney
Grizabella: Denyse VanRhyn
Jellylorum/Griddlebone: Melissa Ringuette
Jemima: Susan Brown
Jennyanydots: Kristen Larissa Martin
Mr. Mistoffelees: Travis Seetoo
Mungojerrie: Taylor Hammond
Munkustrap: Ian Shanahan
Old Deuteronomy: Ken Williams
Pouncival: Alex Pearce
Rumpeleazer/Ghengis: Kyle Dolphin
Rum Tum Tugger: Mark Snider
Skimbleshanks: Trever Hammond
Tantomile: Lauren Runions
Victoria: Rebecca Banyard
Well before CATS, Drea and I were getting restless. I put my make up and costume on, an
hour before we were suppose to go cause my nana takes a while to get ready... So Drea and I decided to go walk around the
hotel and scare a few people. The first person I saw I smiled at her and she gave me a dirty look.
Some people were going to the pool and Drea was recording me for some odd reason. Then
they asked if they could have their picture with me. Well of course I said yes. So Drea has a video of me getting my picture
Then I was tap dancing in the hallway with my Nana's cane cause, I like the Tap dancing
number in 'Jennyanydots'. Then this woman came up to me and asked if I knew Susan Browns or something. I said I didn't and
she asked where I was going. "To CATS." And obivous reply. She then asked which character I was and I said, "Bombalurina."
And she told me her daughter was Bombalurina in the play and I was so thrilled. Sorry I have to add this, I say Bombalurina
different from people. I don't know. When other people say it, it sounds pretty, when I say it it sounds ugly XD I dunno how
to explain it.... hahaha!!
Then, I suggested we go outside and run around the parking lot. So we didn't exactly run
around. We just sat on one of the curbs in the lot. Then I suggested we go inside through the front doors. (I forgot to mention
we were videotapping everything we did.) So I walked in holding her Digital Camera and frooze. There were sooo many guys in
there. When I walked in they all stopped talking and stared. So... I just kept walking like an idiot :P One said,
"Wow..." And another said, "What are you suppose to be?"
I turned around and replied, "I'm a cat." When I walked out some guy said, "My friend
thinks your hot." And I replied dumbly, "Thats good for him." I stomped towards Drea and said, "You left me you best friend
ditching person!" Or somthing like that. Good times good times. Got it all on tape ;)
Then on the way to CATS, I had my head out the window waving to everyone. I got so many weird looks. Then
when we arrived, my nana needed to park somewhere else so she dropped us off across the street. She went to hand me the tickets,
and Drea closed the door on my arm! I was like, "Ow! Thats my arm Drea!" And she laughed at me... Then we walked over to the
theatre and got in line. There were 2 doors, one on the right side of the theatre (which I think was backstage or something)
and the left side which was the enterance. A bunch of the cast saw me waiting in line and one I beleive was Pouncival said,
"Her costume is better then ours!" Then he said, "Your my idol!" Go me! Then the Producer came out and took my picture
(yay!) and then she gave me her email so she could send me the picture and whatnot.
Drea and I chatted and my Nana never came. I got really worried so I ran past everyone
in line and ran around the block. Then I came back and she still wasn't there. Then she finally came and said she had to part
like a mile away. I was just glad she was ok. We went into the theatre and ran to get front row seats.
During CATS: Act 1
Overtrue: It was well done. Drea asked why no cats were on stage, and I told her, "There
coming out right... now." And then they came out, I felt so specail! The way it was played was fantastic. The blue lights
were pretty. 3 cats came out with glowy light up eyes. It was really cool.
Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats: When all the cats came out, I was looking at their costuming design and
examining the way they made it. The dancing was different in some ways but similar in others. Pouncival didn't look very happy.
He made the same kinda face I made when I was in talent show hehe.
The Naming of Cats: The Cats all reacted to their names (if they were said) By standing
or itting up a bit higher then they already were. Or moving in a cat-like way. They leaned forward really far and in Drea's
words, "There all up in my hood!" Victoria and Asparagus were looking at me and I made sure to smile (cause last time in St.
Jacobs I tried not to smile). They sung it really good.
The invataion to the Jellicle Ball: Victoria did very well. When she did the leg lfit, she did what I do and
held her leg with her hand. Alonzo was the one who came out apose to Mistoffelees or Plato. The invatation (singing part)
was very well done. For some off reason, I didn't see Munkustrap as the protector... more just like another chorus cat.
The Old Gumbie Cat: The trio of queens were really nice singers. Jenny was a really really
good tap dancer. Pounce and her were the only ones who actually had Tap shoes on. He was really god as well. The beetles wore
rubber boots. I adored the Tap number!
The Rum Tum Tugger: He didn't shake his hips very much (if at all). This could be because this production
had a lot of children attend. Butt shaking must have been taken out because of that. *dissapointed look* When the kittens
all meowed for him, they weren't loud at all. *more dissapointed look*
Grizabella: As usual, when Grizabella came, everyone hissed and scratched her. Demeter
dang first, then Bomba then everyone at once. Yes I know not very descriptive. I wasn't really paying attention. I started
day dreaming :P
Bustopher Jones: He was funny during his song. He was always maing some odd comment about food. He gave Jenny
his flower at the end. She was so happy. Singing was amazing and dancing (what dancing there was) was good as well.
Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer: The singing was good, but the dancing of the song was extremely
well done. There were a lot of front hand sprints. the dance wasn't changed completely, but some parts were very different.
There was no double cartwheel. but really it didn't matter. Ether way they rocked.
Old Deuteronomy: Singing was awesome. The way each moved in a cat-like way was awesome. Tugger was really
good at singing this song. I knew Old D would be coming from behind us so I knew what was going on.
The Jellicle Ball: Wow... Just... Wow... The dancing was incredible. The solo Bombalurina
usually has was taken over by Cassandra. Grr... I love Bomba (No offence Cass fans). The dance usually done by Vic and
Plato was done by Vic and Alonzo (there was no Plato). I was too busy watched how smoothly they did it I forgot to see who
was mates with who... When Griz came, Alonzo woke up and jumped out at the audience his face like inches away from theres.
I told Drea had that been me I would have said something stupid like, "What up homie?" One of the cats jumped up at Griz and
slappd her. I swear it looked as if he actually did. I didn't see Bomba during the second part of the Ball and I was really
Memory: They all scratched or hit her again. She same so beautifully. My friends Jaw dropped, literally
dropped when she saw her, "omg! Her nailes are so shiney!" I told her, since she (Drea) has a really nice voice, if she
ever played Griz she be singing and staring at her nails the whole time. Old D looked sad when Griz left. Pour D.
Drea and I tried to decide where to go, so we decided to go to the lobby (which was pretty
much backstage). They were selling CATS necklaces and CATS costume designs. I bought a necklace and a design (of Bomba). Then
we went outside and saw a window (a basement window) on the building. So we looked in it and saw the actors without there
wigs on! "Oh! Torn flesh!" I said then pretended to faint :P
Then some people got their picture taken with me *smiles* Twas lots of fun! Then this
woman and a little girl came over and the woman said to the girl, "Does she look beautiful?" And the little girl nodded. I
was like "AWW!!" Cute little girl! Lots of people asked why I wans't dancing to and I said I had a huge urge to but had to
stay seated. Darn...
We went back inside and sat back down and relaxed.
During CATS: Act 2
Moments of Happiness: All the cats started off sleeping. As Old D went on singing, Jemima
woke up, and sung as well. Not all the cast was on stage. Some were off stage.
Gus: The theatre cat: Gus didn't seem that old and that's probably because he wasn't that
old as an actor. He was really funny when he remarked about how the kittens aren't trained how they used to be. Four queen
kittens turned away. The queens were Jemima, Electra, Victoria and Etcetera. They looked pretty angry. Gus's Mic cut out once
during the song. At the end when he made his attempt as a scary noise it sounded so funny.
Growltigers Last Stand: For the first couple minutes on stage, Growltiger wasn't actually on stage. He came
out 30 seconds before Griddlebone did. Alonzo stood on a barel laying on its sideand he slipped and hit himself in a very
painful area (on purpous of course). The Siamese had competely brown heads (which doens't really make sence). They danced
around with 2 long peices of cloth that resmebled water. It was neat.
Skimbleshanks: During his song, Skimble's Mic kept cutting out. Skimble did a very good
job singing the song. Everyone did. the train they made wasn't all that great :( I hate to have to have said that. It wasn't
horrible though. Skimble was held up behind the train instead of standing on the car with its trunk open. When Skimble caught
the mouse when they sing, "That they wouldn't be bothered by mice" he came over and threw it to me. I (by reflex) caught the
'mouse'. It was really funny. It actually did look like I was catching something. I kinda surprised myself!
Macavity: The dancing was amazing, and the singing was incredible. In the begining, when Macavity kidnapped
Old D, like in most productions, he made all the jellicles freeze. Demeter was dancing was really good. Bombalurina had a
beautiful voice that really amazed Drea and I. In Bombalurina's solo part when the music picks up quickly, she moved so fast
I was like, "Wow..."
When Macavity returned, he went straight for Demeter and Began dragging her. The Bomba
saved her. It looked so funny. Then Munkustrap came to help. When he was down Alonzo came in. Then all of the Jellicles joined
in to help. Then Macavity electricuted himself. Why is it whenever he holds up the wires, people laugh? LOL
Mr. Mistoffelees: His entrance wasn't amazing. He just jumped down off the top part of the set onto the car.
The Tugger sung the beginning and Misto sang and then everyone joined in. Misto had such a sweet voice. His dancing was really
awesome like, I'd kill to be able to dance like that. When he did the stradle jumps/ box jumps/ whatever you wanna call
it jumps, he looked like he was flying. Drea claims he did 15 of those jumps. I don't doubt that; the guy was crazy with jumping!
He made Old D reapear the same way in the video (through the pipe).
Memory: Was sung lovely. Everyone looked very sympathetic (in both the audience and cast).
Drea was still tlaking about how she was gonna steal Griz's nails :P
Up up up to the Heavyside Layer: I thnk they sung it really well. I really liked this song. Smoke came from
the set and didn't really go around the stage to quick. Griz went up the set and just walked off. They didn't have a
tire for her to rise up on. Although they did have a stack of tires they could climb up on.
Ad-dressing of Cats: Old D sung it pretty well. It was sung awesomely. When everyone sung
at once it was even better. Everyone looked tired here. Some orange fuzz was floting by and Drea and I were fighting over
it. She stepped on it so I couldn't get it then I gave her the "i'm watching you look" and I made Misto laugh! ^_^ I was sad
though... it was almost over :(
After the show was just as fun as before the show. We went back to the lobby just to see
if any cast would be there and sure enough there was some cast there. I got autographs from Old D, Bomblaurina, Tantomile,
Mungojerrie, Asparagus, Jennyanydots, Pouncival, Skimbleshanks and someone else's whos I can't read -_- I missed out on getting
Munkustraps, Demeter's, Griz's and someone else's. I was being shy that night grrr!! Why was I being shy!
Then we went outside and passed a few people on the street who looked at me like I was
insane (which I don't deny). Then we went to Tim Hortans and some woman asked why I was dressed up. Then when we went outside,
someohe yelled a curse and I snapped back, "NO SWEARING!"
Then we went back to the hotel and the dude at the desk said, "I'm sorry for staring."
"That's ok I get stared at a lot." Then when I got back to the room... I had to do the
worst and most annoying thing about wearing a CATS costume... I had to wash the make up off...
to see the autographs I got. Click here
to see the one from Bomba (its in the top right corner. The other autographs on the page are from CATS in St. Jacobs).
Click here for a video I made of the cast on youtube.
Alonzo: He was a really good dancer and singer,. His design was very unique. He
was white with more black then usual, but i still think he rocks. I smiled at him and made him smile back.
Asparagus/Growltiger: He had such a sweet voice and he was such a darling cat. I don't
know why but he was so kitten-like. I loved his character. I made him smile too! His unitard had nice brown patterns.
Bombalurina: She was a personal favourite. Her singing was so fantastic. I would kill to have a voice
like that. And her dancing. Just wow. She was a very very bright red. She didn't have leg warmers. Instead it was this mesh-like
stuff that went a little higher then her shin.
Bustpher Jones/ Gus: As Bustpher, he was very funny. But then again he was funny as Gus
as well. He did a good job of making his voice sound proper to old and weak. I didn't even realize it was the same guy
until I read the booklet.
Coricopat/ Macavity: Cori (like Tanto) was blue and black. He looked really cool. He worse Jean shorts. He
acted very mysterious. His tail was a blue braid. Macavity he was really scary looking. He wore a mask that looked like
a demented lion. It was really nifty (LOL).
Cassandra: She acted really classy and stuck up. Her tail was very thin. It was a braided
tail. Her colour was a creamy brown.
Demeter: She looked black and yellow but wore was looked like several different peices. Drea claimed that
she had on a sweater from 'Garage' that they cut up. Her dancing was way better then her singing, i think.
Electra: I acually got her mixed up with Jemima at first cause Electra is black and red.
She was all black with red patches. She had a lovely singing voice.
Etcetera: I mistakened her for Rumpelteazer (which in this production is spelt Rumpleteaser). She had orange
strips apose to brownish/orange. She was a very graceful dancer and a nice singer.
Exotica: I had no idea who she was. I was thinking, "Wtf?" But then I read the booklet
and saw there was a Exotica. Her dancing was smooth and her voice was pretty.
Grizabella: Drea's first comment was, "She's short." Which I think is the worst thing to first say about someone.
She was a wonderful singer. her costume was actually really nice. And her shiney red nails were what pulled it al together
hehe. Whenever she walked, she had a limp in her left leg.
Jellylorum/ Griddlebone: As Jelly, she was a light pink. As Griddlebone, she just put
on a white leptard. Her voice was so so so so awesome. I have never heard someone sing like that! Just wow... God I want her
voice too :P
Jemima: She had a very dainty voice (which makes sence right?) I didn't know who she was at first but common
sence kicked in after a few seconds. Her dancing was good but her voice was way better.
Jennyanydots: Once again someone who's voice I'd kill to have. I guess Jenny needs an
actor with an mazing voice too. her tap dancing was so good. Wish I could tap like that. her costume was weird in a good way.
The top half of her was normal Jenny but the bottom half had the hanging stuff she has on when she's tap dancing with the
cockroaches. Isn't that neat? Oh i loved it!
Mr. Mistoffelees: His costume was a black sleeved Leotard, gymnastic shorts (black) black tights and black
legwarmers. I loved his voice it was so cute!(but very proffesional) He was so good at dancing (but Misto does need to be
able to dance well). He has talent beyond beleif. His tail was made from yarn.
Munkustrap: He was an awesome Munkustrap. He sang all his parts very very well. The parts
that he danced in were also very well done. He made an amazing silver tabby.
Mungojerrie: Very cute in everything he did. I think he was a purr-fect Jerrie. His singing and dancing were
amazing. Especailly all those front hand sprints. His tail was made out of yarn.
Old Deuteronomy: His voice was probably the weakest of the cast, but it was still great
for Old D. His costume resembled the costume gus has in the video, but it was a unitard he was wearing. More like a very baggy
jacket that touched the floor.
Pouncival: One of Drea's favourite characters. He has a white long haired wig with a big patch of brown on
the back. His make up stayed relevently the same. He was a really good dancer, not to mention his singing. His tail was made
out of yarn.
Rumpleteaser/ Ghengis: (Rumpelteazer for proper spelling) Was very acrobatic. Rumpelteazer
was a boy. His tail was made of yarn. He did front hand sprints just like Jerrie did. He had a great voice. I swear they looked
the same, dispite the fact that their wamers were inverted. (black and orange warmers).
Rum Tum Tugger: His mane was made out of faux fur. He had a silver belt as usual. Sadly he didn't shake his
hips a lot. Maybe once or twice. He did play the cool cat. He did seem interested in Bomba throughout the play which was a
Skimbleshanks: His mic cut out a lot but he still had an awesome voice. And his dancing
was amazing. Not much to say about him. He rocked!
Tantomile: Tanto (like Cori) was blue and black. she didn't wear jean shorts like him though. She worse blue
shorts that were suppose to look like jeans. Her tail was a blue braid. She acted very mysterious.
Victoria: Her wig was a weird shape but she still looked good. Her tail was a white boa.
She was flexible, but she couldn't hold her leg up during the leg lift without using her hand to hold it. She had a very pretty
voice and incredible dancing.