The atmosphere at the Pavilion was buzzing as the audience poured into the auditorium. Crowds of all ages were amongst them to make up a full house.
A city street scene filled the stage as the music started and the glowing eyed cats slowly began appearing from the aisles of the seated audience and the show opened with ‘Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats’. From that moment we were drawn in by acrobatics, singing, dancing and heart string pulling – all mixed in equal measure.
A particular highlight of mine was when Grizabella sang ‘Memory’ so crisp, clear and powerfully, that had the auditorium been twice the size her voice would have filled it, not only with sound but pure emotion.
Other notable performances came from Victoria – who performed a mesmerising dance in a beautiful white costume, Bustopher Jones – a beautifully dressed black elite cat, the mischievous pair Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer – who erupted onto the set to cause minor mayhem and Skimbleshanks the railway cat – who set into motion a memorable dance number involving a train on the stage.
Undoubtedly one of the stars of the night was the magical Mr Mistoffelees. The smart black and white cat was played beautifully with elegance and charm.
The standing ovation said it all at the end of the show. I was sucked into the magical world of ‘Cats’ for the evening with singing, dancing, acrobatics and special effects as well as the exquisite music, masterfully played by the orchestra. I would recommend it for all of the family.
Words by Tracy Boxall