Bath Theatre School will be taking to the stage this month to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved musical Cats. Based on ‘Old Possums Book of Practical Cats’ by T.S. Eliot, the show will represent the conclusion of the Theatre School’s sixth year and features the well-known songs ‘Memory’, ‘Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats’ and ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’.
The musical is set amongst a larger-than-life junkyard playground in which a tribe of cats called ‘Jellicle Cats’ come out to play on one special night of the year, the night of the ‘Jellicle Ball’. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to ‘The Heaviside Layer’ and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Tom Bright, the Principal of Bath Theatre School said “Cats has been our most challenging show to date with multiple high intensity dance numbers which have tested the children’s stamina and flexibility, accompanied by complex choral harmony singing, whilst taking on the persona of a cat. To give them the authentic look we have costumes which replicate those used in the West End production and we have recruited a team of specialist makeup artists.”
The school was founded in 2012 by Tom Bright, Adrian Millard and Holly Rose who saw a demand for high quality teaching and performing opportunities in Bath which quickly grew from its initial 15 pupils to over 110 pupils with 2 schools. The school has previously recorded songs at a professional recording studio, with proceeds donated to Road Safety Charity Brake, Children in Need and Cancer Research. Bath Theatre School has provided the equivalent of £37,000 to local good causes and charities over the past 6 years. Its ethos has always been to improve access to the arts for children in Bath and surrounding areas by aiding children to develop key life skills such as confidence building, as well as supporting local good causes. In addition to recording songs, the school is the only one of its kind to be OFSTED registered and to offer nationally recognised solo entry Trinity exams in musical theatre as part of its standard timetable at no extra cost to students and prides itself on a 100% pass rate.
With critics praising previous productions as “visually awesome”, in which they took the “audience by storm” and gave students “an excellent opportunity to utilise and showcase their training in a high quality production,” make sure you get your tickets to see this much loved musical which is suitable for the whole family.
Cats is being performed 19-21st July at Kingswood Theatre in Bath. Tickets are £12 (adults) and £10 (under 16s) and can be purchased from www.baththeatreschool.com/tickets or via 01225 640046. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2pm.