The Jellicle Cats descended on Fallbrook for their latest
Jellicle Ball as the Fallbrook Players tackle Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim
Rice’s musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
It’s one of the biggest productions the group has undertaken, and the result is
a monster success that packed in the audience, giving all those packed audience
members a magical experience.
Director Allisan Whitman also choreographed the show,
and her vision and creativity was clearly embraced by the large and talented
cast. You feel electricity, liveliness, and humor from the opening number as
the dozens of cats, and little kittens, take over the stage. And they never let
It’s a huge ensemble piece, and they all contribute
throughout. A few standout scenes include:
* Munkustrap, with great vocals and confident air by Tim
Cabal, leading the others with the introduction of a very fun Jennyanydots (Sydney
Skidmore), later leading the cast of cats and kittens in a terrific
reenactment of The Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles.
* Trevor Sanderson as the cocky Tom cat Rum Tum
Tugger hamming it up with style and comical sensuality featuring lots of hip
action, blowing some kisses, and a “How you doin’?” to eager female kitty
Bombalurina. And Bombalurina doesn’t take it too well when he blows her off.
Triple threat Anzy McWha’s Bombalurina adds tons to Tugger and several
other scenes with fantastic personality and humor.
* Cody Thompson is a gentlemanly roly-poly Bustopher
Jones serenaded by Analicia Hawkins, Sydney Skidmore, and Anzy
* Noelle Murphy and Jalie Fransway use
acrobatics and infectious facial expressions in their entertainingly
choreographed Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer.
* Kalin Blackshear evokes respect and love as Old
Deuteronomy, and he gets it from the ensemble that clearly adores their beloved
leader, their reverence filled with a great mixture of awe and warmth.
* Quinton Walker gives a poignant performance as Gus
with realistic trembling as the palsy afflicts his body while his mind and soul
reminisces of his happy days of yesteryear, introduced with tender and
beautiful vocals by Analicia Hawkins.
* Blaise Wopperer stars as Skimbleshanks the railway
cat in a high energy number with excellent train-inspired choreography as the
cast helps get the train rolling with corrugated steel, umbrellas, a couple
garden rakes, and flashlights.
* Lauren Grant and Anzy McWha are dynamite as
they introduce the villainous Macavity (Zach Wikler) who gleefully
threatens to ruin the ball.
* Traci McKnight delights as the Magical Mr.
Mistoffelees whose repertoire of tricks includes pulling out colorful streamers
from an empty box (which the other cats want to play with).
* And Gabriella Barbato gives a gorgeous and
emotional performance of the show’s most famous number, Memory,
including some vocals by Cianna Garrison, giving the show additional
A seemingly unlimited amount of talent, fantastic
costumes and sets modified from San Diego Junior Theatre’s production, and a
sense for the humor, emotions, and the frolicsome possibilities of this show
make this one of the most memorable productions of Cats you’re going to
Performed March 20 - April 5, 2009.
National Youth Theatre
~ Cast ~
Munkustrap: Tim Cabal
Bombalurina: Anzy McWha
Demeter: Lauren Grant
Rum Tum Tugger: Trevor Sanderson
Mungojerrie: Noelle Murphy
Rumpleteazer: Jalie Fransway
Grizabella: Gabriella Barbato
Deuteronomy: Kalin Blackshear
Jellylorum: Analicia Hawkins
Jennyanydots: Sydney Skidmore
Skimbleshanks: Blaise Wopperer
Bustopher Jones: Cody Thompson
Gus: Quiniton Walkler
Victoria: Jennifer Majdick
Jemima: Cianna Garrison
Mr. Mistoffelees: Traci McKnight
Macavity: Zach Wikler
Rumpus Cat: Christopher Ruetton
Jellicle Ballet/Jazz Dance Core:
Emma Rose Keck
Jellicle Tap Core:
Aidan Cruz Hayek
Director & Choreographer: Allisan Whitman
Vocal Director: Donna Kilpatrick
Costumers: Kristin Lundqvist, Maggie Skidmore, Walter Allen
Make-up Coordinator: Terry Davis
Sets: Carl McWha, Mini Lundqvist, Tony Cucuzzella
Light Design: Ashley Jenks
Sound Designer: Jane Stimmel