Cedar Ridge’s Cats


Cats The Musical

Devyonne King, Quill Staff Writer

CATS, performed by Theatre at the Ridge’s Musical class this January, was nothing short of a success.

This particular musical is based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” by T.S. Eliot, and is about which Jellicle Cat of the tribe will be chosen to go to the Heaviside Lair & be reincarnated into another life during the annual Jellicle Ball. Some of the candidates of this opportunity, like Grizabella (played by Carolyn O’Brien) and Jennyanydot (played by Lola Rios), had solos of their own, and the actors did an excellent job of bringing these characters to life.

While rehearsals for the musical were going on, both the cast and crew spent days building the set (designed by Jack Beckey and Zach Finch), hand sewing cat wigs, painting and designing their own costumes, knitting and brushing cattails.

“For my wig, it took me sixty hours, probably longer… not an experienced sewer… not as long for my costume,” says Jonah Klepinger-Thurston (11), who played the character of Rum Tum Tugger.

Getting into the mindset of a Jellicle Cat was hard work for the actors, but once they got into the character, they made it look easy.

“Rum Tum is entirely different from me. He’s the Elvis Presley of Cats. Gets all the girls, totally a rock star. And then, you get to Jonah Klepinger-Thurston… he is not particularly cool… he is not ‘wild’,” says Jonah.

For other actors, it was simply a matter of confidence.

“ My cats is more showy than I am… he’s more presentational…Making sure I stood up straight…to keep my chest up and out…Once I got into the character, it was really easy,” says Logan.

This year’s musical showcased many talents, in both cast and crew alike. It was one of the best musicals put on by Theatre At the Ridge, and a job well done by director Kristie Copeland, co-director Julia Smith, Advanced Tech teacher Morganne Davies, and choir director Vivian Rodriguez.