Young performers stage ‘Cats’ at Skokie Theatre – Tribune Article

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A tribe of felines will take over the stage of the Skokie Theatre when the Ensemble at the Performer’s School presents “Cats.”

“I’ve had a passion for this show for many years after performing it at Marriott in 2003,” said Stacey Flaster, Performer’s School co-founder with Liz Fauntleroy, who directs and choreographs the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Flaster admitted wondering if her sixth-through-eighth-grade cast could handle the show’s dancing demands. Then she realized, “It’s about communicating and telling the story — which is about forgiveness and redemption.”

The plot revolves around deciding which member of a tribe of Jellicle Cats will ascend to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn. It turns out to be an ostracized candidate. “Everyone eventually realizes that she’s the one that gets to be forgiven,” Flaster revealed.

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2017 Cast of Cats

ALONZO-Brody LaForce
ASPARAGUS (GUS)/ GROWLTIGER/VICTOR- Asher Alcantara
BILL BAILEY- Emet Mandell
BOMBALURINA- Audrey Heiserman
BUSTOPHER JONES/JAMES- Ryan Kreiter
CARBUCKETTY- Amanda Green
CASSANDRA- Kailey Albus
CLARA- Shaya Scales
CORICOPAT- Maxine Finks
DEMETER- Lindsay Thurber
ELECTRA-Ella Walker
ETCETERA- Hazel Shapiro
EXOTICA/MACAVITY-Lindsey Marinko
GEORGINA- Juliet Simon
GILLIAN- Tyler Kelley
GLORIA- Annabel Kriger
GRIZABELLA- Emily Zimmerman
JELLYLORUM- Sophie Varones
JEMIMA- Madeline Conter
JENNYANYDOTS- Leah Coffey
MISTOFFELES- John Turelli
MUNGOJERRIE- Dj Emma
MUNKOSTRAP- Kyle MacDonald
PETER/OLD DEUTERONOMY- Ari Nathanson
PLATO- Noah Shapiro
POUNCIVAL- Zach Polisner
QUAXO- Matthew Blonder
RUM TUM TUGGER- Cade Pearlman
RUMPLETEASER- Alexa Petrando
SILLABUB- Kaitlyn Olson
SKIMBLESHANKS- Reid Graham
TANTOMILE- Delia Ziomek
TANYA- Skyler Loiben
VICTORIA- Jolie Armstrong

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