For their final production of the 2018-2019 year, UTC Theatre Co. partnered with Chattanooga Ballet to present the world-famous musical CATS by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot. The production was staged at UTC’S Chamberlain Pavilion and Field. In this celebrated musical, the Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year - the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
The creative team includes: Steve Ray (director), Tim Hinck (musical direction), Kristin Nalley (choreography), Andrew Parker (choreography), Adam Miecielica (set design), Chalise Ludlow (costume design), Kaylee Vice (make-up and wig design) and Jeff Davis (lighting design and technical direction). The cast of theatre students are joined by dancers from Chattanooga Ballet, UTC music majors and UTC’s opera director, Perry Ward, featured in the role of Old Deuteronomy.
The cast includes D’Andre Anderson, Gabe Bailey, Caroline Blair, Kate Coffelt, Dillon Davis, Hannah Holtzclaw, Blaine Lindsey, Will Lowery, Emeline Phinney, Tate Runyon, Kimberly Rye, Chris Shaw, Joshua Shoop, Molly Smith, Samantha Sole, Ashley Tisdale, Perry Ward, Julia Walker, Maggie Weaver, and Mikki White.