2007 CATS

3 - 18 August 2007


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 Rumple teazer, 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 rela tively 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 accension "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."


Grizabella - Carrie Green
Munkustrap - Andrew Jamieson
Skimbleshanks - Scott Andrew
Rum Tum Tugger - Ian Harman
Jennyanydots - Katte Johnston
Mungojerrie - Richard Rewa
Rumpleteazer - Janine Bonny
Gus - Mark Kilsby
Bustopher Jones - Andrew Mock
Sillabub - Megan Davies
Bombalurina - Simone Renwick
Demeter - Joanna Berrett
Mr Mistoffelees - Adam Shaw
Growltiger/Alonzo - Michael Jones
Rumpus Cat - Michael Jones
Victoria - Georgia Bergerson
Tumblebrutus - Kieran van Bunnik
Cassandra - Anoushka Vlcek
Coricopat - Genevieve Doube
Tantomile - Sarah Williams
Pouncival - Catherine Reid

Shelley Paewai, Emma McKenzie-Young, Cara O’Neill, Karen Naylor,
Rocky Rowland, Stefanie Dixon, Jenny Atkins, Paula Fredericks,
Jared Gardner, Kate Penny, Hannah Walker, Larissa Trusler

Off-Stage Chorus:
Terry Stewart, Katrina Benjamin, Daniel Goodman, Christine Booker,
Gail Lucinsky, Larry Walker, Brigid Iversen, Erin Shillington,
Kathryn Carpendale, Emerald Naulder, Rae Manderson, Pat West,
Pythia Horne, Jeff Paewai, Grant Joyes, Liam Taylor, Grant Miller,
Megan Reynolds, Tony Godding, Catherine Thompson, Dean O’Flaherty,
Maryanne Kensington, Andrea Cawood, Hayden Giles, Shane Brown,
Savanah Tukariri, Ryan Little, Tania Brown