Inspired by the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theater phenomenon, Cats opened at London’s New London Theatre in 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. Cats’ London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran for just over 18 years. This enchanting musical features the immortal ballad “Memory,” as well as a collection of other whimsical tunes enjoyed by audiences young and old.
Gus/Bustopher Jones – The theater cat. One of the oldest tribe members. He was once an actor. Singing feature. Bustopher is a fat cat, a “twenty-five pounder.” Dresses in a
snappy tuxedo and spats. Respected by all, as the upper class “St. James’s Street Cat”.
Only seen during his number.
Bombalurina – A saucy and flirtatious red female. A principal vocalist and dancer.
Loves the boys, especially Rum Tum Tugger.
Demeter – A very skittish female cat, principal vocalist who dances and is featured in
many numbers. Always in the middle of every situation.
Grizabella – This role has been CAST.
Jellylorum – A fluffy white Persian cat, principal vocalist who dances. Jellylorum
watches out for the kittens along with Jennyanydots. She has a close relationship with
Sillabub – A kitten, the youngest of all, who sings the Memory refrain in The Moments of
Happiness for Old Deuteronomy. She is considered a chorus cat who dances well. She
loves adventure. She is the first to accept Grizabella by singing with her and not judging
Jennyanydots – The old Gumbie cat. Featured vocalist. She sits all day and rules the
mice and cockroaches at night, forcing them to undertake helpful functions and creative
projects, to curb their naturally destructive habits.
Macavity/Plato/Rumpus Cat – the show’s only real villain. The worst cat ever. His
only goal in life is to cause crime. The character is a literary allusion to the Sherlock
Holmes character Professor Moriarty. Plato is a teenage cat and a dancer. He does a pas
de deux with Victoria. Rumpus Cat is seen as a hero cat only in one number: Pekes and
Pollicles song. This role is both a singing and dancing role that can be played by one
Mr. Mistoffelees – A young black tomcat who has magical powers which he doesn’t fully
control. This is a big featured dance role. Strong Ballet technique required.
Munkustrap – The show’s de facto narrator and principal vocalist. A black and silver
tom who is storyteller and protector of the Jellicle tribe. He is thought to be second in
command after Old Deuteronomy. He also dances.
Old Deuteronomy – King of all cats, the lovable patriarch of the Jellicle Tribe. He is
very old and dignified. He is a stong vocal soloist who does not dance.
Rumpleteazer/Etcetera – Female half of a pair of notorious cat-burglars, with
Mungojerrie. Must be strong singer/dancer. Etcetera is pale and hyperactive, a big fan of
Rum Tum Tugger. Both roles can be played by a strong dancer/singer.
Rum Tum Tugger – The ladies’ tom. His temperament ranges from clownish to serious,
and often sexual depending on the production; however, he is always flirtatious, and
usually portrayed as a feline equivalent of Mick Jagger or Elvis Presley, and is
recognizable by his wild mane.
Skimbleshanks – The railway cat. An active orange tabby cat, who lives on the trains
and acts as an unofficial chaperone to such an extent he is considered rather indispensable
to the train and station employees. Must be both a singer and dancer for his feature.
Victoria – A pure white kitten. Sweet and feminine, she is the most flexible of all cats
and the strongest dancer with partnering skills. The “official” Jellicle Ball begins with
her solo dance. She also does a Pas de Deux with Plato during the Jellicle Ball.
Alonzo – A black and white tom cat, sometimes considered the third in command after
Munkustrap as he also fights Macavity.
Carbucketty – The name was one of T. S. Eliot’s ideas for cat names for a “knockabout
cat.” A male chorus cat.
Cassandra – A mysterious brown and cream Abyssinian queen, with a braided tail. She
is a chorus cat with strong dance/vocal skill.
Coricopat/Mungojerry – Male twin to Tantomile. Coricopat and Tantomile are often
portrayed as psychic cats, as they sense the presence of danger before it becomes
apparent to the other characters. They are twins and chorus cats with strong dance and
occasional vocal features. Munogojerry is the male half of notorious cat burglers with
Rumpleteazer. They love to get into trouble and are most commonly remembered for
their featured dance/vocal number where, at the end, they do a “double windmill” across
the stage. Must be strong dancer/singer.
Pouncival – A playful tom kitten who sings and dances.
Tumblebrutus – A proficient tumbler, he is a playful young adult cat. He is a brown and
white tabby, characterized by a large, flame-like brown patch over his left eye. This
energetic young tom is featured in many dance numbers and has many featured solos
throughout the show.
Tantomile – Female twin of Coricopat. Psychic chorus cat. Strong dancer with
occasional vocal feature.
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule:
Rehearsals T-F 6-10, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 1-10, Mondays OFF
Vocals: 5/21 – 5/25
Rehearsals: Begin 5/28
Tech: Saturday, 6/22 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Dress: Sunday, 6/23 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tuesday, 6/25 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 6/26 7:30 p.m. Invited Dress
Thursday, 6/27 7:30 p.m. Paid Preview
Friday, 6/28 7:30 p.m. Opening
Saturday, 6/29 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 6/30 2 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/3 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7/4 OFF (holiday)
Friday, 7/5 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7/6 2 p.m.
Saturday, 7/6 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 7/7 2 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/10 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7/11 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 7/12 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7/13 2 p.m.
Saturday, 7/13 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 7/14 2 p.m.
Wednesday, 7/17 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, 7/18 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 7/19 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7/20 2 p.m.
Saturday, 7/20 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 7/21 2 p.m. Closing
HOLD dates for possible extension:
Tuesdays – 7/2, 7/9, and 7/16 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays – 7/7 and 7/14 at 7:30 p.m.