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CATS is coming to The Paramount!

May 03, 2011

Appalachian Regional Theatrical Society is proud to present CATS, the second longest
running show on Broadway, as its 4th and final show of its inaugural season. The show
that revolutionized musical theatre is making its debut in the Tri-Cities at the Paramount
Center for Performing Arts.

CATS opened on Broadway October 7, 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York

City and continued to live up to its motto "Now and Forever." On June 19, 1997, CATS

became the longest running musical on Broadway. It ended its 18 year run on September

10, 2000, and is now the second longest running show on Broadway.

In October of 1991 CATS became the longest continuously touring show in American

theatre history. Five continents, 26 countries, 10 languages, over eight and a half million

audience members and 29 years later, CATS is still revolutionary, awe inspiring and

America's most loved family musical.

Appalachian Regional Theatrical Society has the distinction of being the first community

theatre in this area to present the historical musical. When asked why a community

theatre would attempt a show with such an amazing history and standard of excellence to

live up to CATS director Nick Spencer responded with “Why not? If you’re going to

dream, dream big. We encourage those we work with to see no dream as too big, no

desire as unattainable. CATS is a dream show for a lot of people in this community and

we’re going to prove dreams come true”

Dreams do indeed come true. The cast of CATS has already been exposed to a larger than life experience by being afforded the chance to work with former Kingsport native Sarah Bumgarner for a week of master classes. They will be given the chance to work

with her again when she returns for a second week with her “Tennessee kitties.” Sarah

was most recently seen in the Broadway Production of CATS (Tour of the Americas

09/10 and the North American Tour 08/09 both times as Victoria).

Costuming for this show will provide yet another once in a lifetime experience for the

A.R.T.S. cast of CATS. The costumes worn on stage for A.R.T.S. production will be

costumes worn by actors on the original CATS Broadway Tour. Production Manager

Heather Short said “When we say we’re bringing Broadway to the Tri-Cities, we mean


CATS is directed by Nick Spencer and stage managed by Heather Short. Set design by

David Hyde, Jr and music direction by Serina Marshall and John Cook. The cast is

blessed with both theatre veterans and newcomers. Among the veterans to the stage you

will see Jon Luttrell as Munkustrap, Christopher McVey as Gus, Mike Musick as The

Rumpus Cat and Brant Colvin as Skimbleshanks. Among those gracing the theatre stage

for the first time are Eva Alom as Victoria, Tori Chatman as Jennyanydots, Jordan

Kestner as Mungojerrie and Cheryl Nicholson as Grizabella.

Appalachian Regional Theatrical Society’s premier production of CATS will be

presented at the historic Paramount Center for The Arts on May 6th, 7th, and 8th at 8pm.

To purchase tickets you can call the Paramount at 423.274.8920. For information on the

show you can call A.R.T.S at 423.574.ARTS (2787) or visit their website at