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Final performances of "CATS" this weekend at Whistlestop Theater

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The second and final weekend of performances of the famed Broadway musical "CATS" is this weekend at the Whistlestop Theater, Highway 63 South in Mammoth Spring.

Repertory Theatre of the Ozarks (RTO) presents "CATS," based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Final performances are 7:30 p.m. July 14; 7 p.m. July 15; and 2 p.m. July 16.

Tickets in advance are $10 for adults, $8 for youth 13 and younger; $12 at the door for adults, and $10 at the door for youth 13 and under. For tickets or information, call 870-625-7492 or 870-937-4235 or e-mail rtozarks@yahoo.com. For more information go to www.rtoevents.org

Tickets are available at Cedar Mall and Spring Dipper in Mammoth Spring, Classic Craft Mall in Hardy, Expressway 2 in Pocahontas, The Golden Grotto in Jonesboro and West Plains Music in West Plains.

Debuting in 1981 in London, "CATS" enjoyed 8,949 performances in London and 7,485 performances on Broadway, a record until surpassed by Webber's "Phantom of the Opera." The show won seven 1983 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

While "Memory," sung by Grizabella, the former glamour cat, is the best known song in the musical, "CATS" includes 21 numbers featuring such diverse characters as two mischievous burglar cats, an old theater cat, a railway cat, a very proper fat cat, a kindly patriarch cat, a tap dancing Gumbie cat, a sexy rock star cat, a villain cat and a very magical cat. RTO's cast of 20 ranges in age from 7 to 68. Director is Caroll Lucas.

This is RTO's fourth season. Last year's major musical was "Hank Williams: Lost Highway." RTO is chartered as an Arkansas non-profit corporation and was launched with a production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in 2003.

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