The Paramount Players will be producing the musical CATS July 31, August 1 and 2 at the Paramount Arts Center. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical based on T.S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” is a timeless show that appeals to people of all ages. The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the “heaviside layer” and come back to a new life. CATS introduced the song “Memory” and is the second longest running musical in Broadway history.
The show is completely told through music and dance with dialogue used to connect the songs. Lloyd Webber's eclecticism is very strong here; musical genres range from classical to pop, music hall, jazz, rock and electro-acoustic music as well as hymn-like songs such as "The Addressing of Cats". CATS is directed and choreographed by Melanie Cornelison with music directed by Joshua Jannotta. A huge production crew is necessary for all of the intricate elements of CATS. Cathy Cremeans serves as assistant director, Denise Barber as production manager, Joshua Jannotta and Ritch Collins as set designers and technical director, and a fabulous crew of costumers, props, stage crew, and assistant stage managers including Cody Vinson, Allison Hammond, Brandon Peters, Austin Leach, Taylor Shaffer, Christina Dillow, Dustin Jones, Michael Seagraves, Teresa Oakley and Rick Payne.
Show times are at 7:30 pm on July 31, August 1 and 2 and there is a 3 pm matinee on Aug. 2. Get your tickets early because they are $14/adults and $10/students in advance but go up to $16/adults and $12/students on the day of the show. To buy tickets visit www.paramountartscenter.com or call the box office at 606.324.0007. CATS is sponsored by Kentucky Power/AEP, Dr. Michael Canty, Kindred Communications and Greater Ashland Beacon.