‘Meeow-sic’ to my ears at the Webster

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THE LIMELIGHT Company should be ‘feline’ good following a very successful run of a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber hit musical.

The youth section of Limelight brought to life the West End and Broadway smash hit ‘Cats’ at the Webster Memorial Theatre this week.

‘Cats’ provides the audience a glimpse into the secret lives of a tribe of Jellicle cats on the night of their special Jellicle Ball and much of the show revolves around introducing the cats themselves.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ the only criticism to be levelled at the show stems from his estate’s insistence that ‘Cats’ only use the original source material, resulting in a slightly daft plot.

Fortunately the music and dancing more than make up for this shortfall and treated as a pastiche of stories about some very unusual animals it becomes an engrossing spectacle.

The cats, who number more than 50 were all excellently choreographed by producer Mike Carlin and director Chris O’Mara, both individually and as a group the company were convincingly sinuous and feline.

There are a number of particularly strong singers currently in the youth company and between them they brought to life 30 principal Jellicle cats.

The costume department headed by Kirsty Wallace should also receive great praise for the wonderful outfits they produced, each one unique and bespoke to the Jellicle cat.

It might not make a huge amount of sense, but featuring Lloyd-Webber classics such as ‘Memory’ and ‘Magical Mister Mistoffelees’ and some very professional dances ‘Cats’ by the Limelight Company’s youth group makes for some thoroughly captivating entertainment.