music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
based on Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Elliott
All roles open.
directed and choreographed by Bambi Johnson
music direction by Chris Rose
stage manager Barbara Hartzell
production manger Mark Briner
June 21; 7:00-9:00 PM
June 23; 7:00-9:00 PM
Callbacks (if necessary):
June 24; 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: 121 N. Union Avenue, Havre de Grace MD 21078
Performance Dates: September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25
Please prepare 16-32 measures of music in the style of the show. You may sing from the show. Please bring sheet music or instrumental tracks. Be prepared to dance at auditions. (The roles of Old Deuteronomy and Grizabella do not require a dance audition.)
Auditions are first come, first served each night.
DANCER ONLY AUDITIONS:
Dancers will be given an opportunity to audition for a dance role only with NO VOCAL AUDITION REQUIRED.
Those wishing to be considered for a “dance only” role should come prepared with four to six 8-counts of choreography in the style of the show. Please provide your own recorded music. Following those individual auditions, you will be asked to stay for the group dance audition with everyone who had attended the vocal auditions. Group dance auditions will happen intermittently throughout the evening.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical collection of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular musical brings together a tribe of Jellicle Cats on a moonlit evening, who must make the “Jellicle choice” to decide which of them will ascend to the mysterious Heaviside Layer to be reborn. Featuring such celebrated standards as the haunting “Memory,” Cats was an international phenomenon and its original production is still the fourth-longest-running show on Broadway that was revived in summer 2016. A magical, moving, and often hilarious glimpse into the lives of others, Cats takes Eliot’s lyrical poetry and puts it into the mouths of a diverse company of singing, dancing felines.
These descriptions, in alphabetical order, are based on more recent versions of the show, although there are minor variations from production to production.
Asparagus / Gus – The theatre cat. One of the oldest tribe members. He was once an actor.
Bombalurina – A saucy red female. A principal vocalist and dancer.
Bustopher Jones – A fat cat, a “twenty-five pounder.” Dresses in a snappy tuxedo and spats.
Demeter – A very skittish female cat, principal vocalist.
Grizabella – The former Glamour Cat who has lost her sparkle and now only wants to be accepted. Grizabella left the tribe when she was younger to see the world for herself; she has experienced the harshness of the world and is a pariah in the cats’ society.
Griddlebone – A fluffy white Persian cat.
Growltiger – A theatrical character Gus recalls playing in his youth, and who appears in Gus’ memory of the production of Growltiger’s Last Stand. In some productions he is portrayed as a vicious pirate; in others he is more of a parody of a pirate. Does not appear in productions which omit Growltiger’s Last Stand.
Jellylorum – A female who watches out for the kittens, along with Jennyanydots. Named after T. S. Eliot’s own cat.
Jemima – She is the kitten who sings the Memory refrain in The Moments of Happiness for Old Deuteronomy. Jemima sings the happier parts of Memory, while Grizabella sings the more sad parts. Jemima is the youngest kitten in the tribe, and she wants to be a glamour cat just like Grizabella was, before Grizabella left the tribe to explore the outside world. She also is the first cat/kitten to accept Grizabella by singing with her and not judge her.
Jennyanydots – The old Gumbie cat. She sits all day and rules the mice and cockroaches at night, forcing them to undertake helpful functions and creative projects, to curb their naturally destructive habits.
Macavity – the show’s only real villain. The character is a literary allusion to the Sherlock Holmes character Professor Moriarty.
Mr. Mistoffelees – A young black tom with magical powers, which he doesn’t fully control. His signature dance move is “The Conjuring Turn”, twenty-four fouettés en tournant. He’s sort of a rascal. He’s a bit of a child prodigy of the tribe. Brilliant at what he does but a little wacky at the same time. He’s not really an adult yet, but he’s not a kitten. So he’s in an in-between stage. He doesn’t quite know how to use his magical powers yet, but he’s learning. He has a lot of adolescent qualities. Mistoffelees has an alter-ego named Quaxo, who appears as a general chorus cat throughout the show, and is dressed slightly differently.
Mungojerrie – Half of a pair of notorious cat-burglars, with Rumpleteazer. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer are most commonly remembered for their featured dance number where at the end, they do a “double windmill” across the stage.
Munkustrap – The show’s de facto narrator. A black and silver tom who is storyteller and protector of the Jellicle tribe. He is thought to be second in command after Old Deuteronomy.
Old Deuteronomy – The lovable patriarch of the Jellicle Tribe. He is very old and dignified.
Rumpleteazer – Female half of a pair of notorious cat-burglars, with Mungojerrie.
The Rum Tum Tugger – The ladies’ tom. His temperament ranges from clownish to serious, and often sexual depending on the production; however, he is always flirtatious, and usually portrayed as a feline equivalent of Mick Jagger or Elvis Presley, and recognizable by his wild mane.
Skimbleshanks – The railway cat. An active orange tabby cat, who lives on the trains and acts as an unofficial chaperon to such an extent he is considered rather indispensable to the train and station employees.
Victoria – A pure white kitten gifted in dancing. The “official” Jellicle Ball begins with her solo dance. She also does a Pas De Deux with Plato during the Jellicle Ball. She also is the second cat/kitten to accept Grizabella, but the first to touch her.
Admetus – a shy, ginger and white tom.
Alonzo – A black and white tom cat in most productions; in the Broadway and early European productions, he was depicted as being a black and gold tabby. Sometimes considered the third in command after Munkustrap as he also fights Macavity.
Bill Bailey – Bill Bailey is a london chorus kitten interchangeable with Tumblebrutus. He is a playful young kitten, often performing acrobatics as well as being a strong dancer. His costume is patchy browns on a white base, suggesting he is a Bi-colour tabby and white.
Carbucketty – The name was one of T. S. Eliot’s ideas for cat names for a “knockabout cat.” Sometimes interchangeable with the character of Pouncival.
Cassandra – A mysterious brown and cream Abyssinian queen, with a braided tail.
Coricopat – Male twin to Tantomile. Coricopat and Tantomile are often portrayed as psychic cats, as they sense the presence of danger before it becomes apparent to the other characters.
Electra and Etcetera – Tabby kittens who are fans of Rum Tum Tugger. Electra is dark and quieter, Etcetera is paler and hyperactive.
Exotica – Chorus cat made for the 1998 film. Appears in few scenes and dance numbers.
Ghengis or Gilbert – The leader of the crew of Siamese cats who contribute to Growltiger’s demise.
George – A male chorus cat. In London productions
Plato – Teenage male cat. He does a pas de deux with Victoria during the Jellicle Ball. Plato is somewhat interchangeable with Admetus.
Pouncival – a playful, tom kitten sometimes interchangeable with Carbucketty and often first understudy to Mr. Mistoffelees
Rumpus Cat – A spiky-haired cat with glowing red eyes, as mentioned in The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles, seen as a sort of superhero figure among the Jellicles. Does not appear in productions which omit the song The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles.
Tumblebrutus – A playful young adult cat. Tumblebrutus is a brown and white tabby, characterized by a large, flame-like brown patch over his left eye. This energetic young tom is featured in many dance numbers and has many featured solos throughout the show.
Tantomile – Female twin of Coricopat. The name was created by T.S. Eliot for a “Witch’s Cat”.
Victor – Victor is a London chorus cat. He is cream and brown tabby markings and few distinguishing features.