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Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical "CATS" is not typically attempted by most community theaters.
The Sands Theater Co., however, found itself in the enviable position of having a rich talent pool and knew the time was now.
Opening at the historic Athens Theatre in Downtown DeLand on April 5 for 10 performances, "CATS" has drawn actors, dancers and singers from Orange, Flagler and Volusia counties.
Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, "CATS" was a cultural phenomenon, which set long-run records both in London (21 years) and on Broadway (18 years). It has been translated into more than 20 languages and continues to be performed around the world.
The songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, most notably "Memory," have transcended musical theater and become popular standards.
The talent does not end on the stage. From the choreography, musical direction, set design and costuming, director Clark Adams has assembled a group of artistic professionals that will wow the audience.
"In researching the various national tours around the world we realized we could adapt the set to our own locale," Mr. Adams said.
Using the Dutch version for inspiration, Mr. Adams said "a more fantastical setting was needed and since both the Volusia County Fair and the Cole Bros. Circus are based here in DeLand, we chose to set the Jellicle Ball in an amusement park/circus bone yard with discarded clown cars, circus wagons, and even a Ferris wheel."
Mr. Adams is the director with musical direction by Julia Hood, choreography by Simone Boos, and costumes and production design by Kim Crayne.
"CATS" will be performed at the historic Athens Theatre in Downtown DeLand.
All Tickets will be available online at The Athens Theatre website, www.AthensDeLand.com or by calling the box office at (386) 736-1500. Box-office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and one hour before performances.
Seats are $25 for VIP, $20 general admission, $18 seniors, $10 students and $16 for groups of eight or more. Thursday buy-one-get-one promotion is available for the April 11 performance only. Get 2 for 1 pricing on General Admission and Senior Tickets. Purchase online and use promo code: BOGO Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 19 and 20 and 2:30 p.m. April 7, 14 and 21.