Cats

Photo by John Oxford/The Moultrie Observer Warren Johnson, center, sings about the mysterious Mistoffelees as the remaining cast prepares to join him during rehearsal for "Cats" Thursday. The Colquitt County High School Choral Department presents the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Thursday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 18, at Willie B. Withers Auditorium. Tickets are $10.

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County High School Choral Department hopes its audience will have a “purr-fectly” good time at this year’s show.

The department will present its performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” from Thursday, Feb. 15, thorough Sunday, Feb. 18. Tickets will be $10 each, and shows will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The show lasts about two hours each night.

Director Travis Kern said the Broadway musical is based on the poems of T.S. Eliot and displays the various personalities of cats. The story takes place in an alleyway under a full moon, and it is a show about redemption.

The Jellicle cats meet once a year to try to convince the leader, Deuteronomy, they deserve to be reborn, Kern said. One cat, Grizabella, starts as the outcast cat but wins her way to be with Deuteronomy.

The musical is unique in that it is “all music all the time,” and Kern said almost the entire 80-member cast is on stage almost all the time. He describes it as a visual treat for the audience and is a big step for the choral department.

“The audience will see a lot of things we’ve never done before,” Kern said.

The part of Deuteronomy will be played by Joe Peacock, and Jessi Register is portraying Grizabella, Kern said. Other prominent members of the cast include Charlie Johnson, Sarah Tyndall, Warren Johnson and Michael Demott.

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