Last chance to see Oakhill College perform musical 'Cats'

Book in the last few nights to see Oakhill College's performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical Cats.

The show, the longest running British musical in history, which ran for 21 years, is on at the college from June 16.

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The musical, based on a collection of Poems by T.S. Eliot does not contain any spoken dialogue and revolves around the antics of interesting feline characters.

The most famous song from this musical, Memory is sung by Carley Austin who plays Grizabella, one of the many year 12 music and drama students performing in the production.

Di Herron, the musical's director and producer has worked to developed Oakhill’s performing arts over many years.

Ms Herron said she chose Cats as this year’s big production for a couple of reasons.

"It is an ensemble piece as opposed to many musicals that offer only one or two leading roles," Ms Herron said.

"This way, many students get to perform in varied and major roles while being constantly challenged.”

She said Cats the musical is a step sideways because it features not only singing but also lots of dancing which is another great vehicle to show off student talent.

The role of Mungogerrie is played by Dominic Clark, a year 10 Oakhill student who is the current Australian Trampoline Champion in his age group.

Old Deuteronomy is played by Adam Kearns, a year 12 music student and Michael Paton, a year 11 music and drama student plays the role of Munkustrap.

Emma Mylott, a year 12 music, dance and drama student who intends to pursue a career in the performing arts, impresses in two lead roles, Rumpleteazer and Bombalurina.

Ms Herron said the majority of the school's 1500 are male because female students only join in years 11 and 12, so she originally thought she might have some trouble casting the musical.

She said that at first, it was perceived as being a ‘girly-girl musical’ however, the reality is that there is so were interesting roles in the musical for the boys because there scenes when the cats are fighting.

"It’s a very physical musical with lots of action, suspense and drama."

Ms Herron said she was proud of how well her students performed in the challenging production.

Shows on June 15 and 16 are already sold out. But tickes on June 12 and 13 are still available.

Tickets: $28.

Details and tickets, call 9634 0898 or email www.oakhill.nsw.edu.au.

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