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West Fargo High School Drama Department to perform 'CATS'

The West Fargo High School (WFHS) Drama Department will present Andrew Lloyd Weber's world-renowned musical "CATS" on February 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee, Feb. 14, at 2:30 p.m.

On one particularly special night each year, Jellicle Cats come to unite and celebrate who they are. As they emerge from the darkened surroundings, the cats are at first suspicious and proud, reluctant to welcome an audience into their secret domain. However, each cat soon reveals their unique abilities and character through song and dance as they hope to be selected to ascend into the Heavy Side layer.

A true musical theatre phenomenon, "CATS" opened at London's New London Theatre on May 11, 1981, and ran for a recordsetting 21 years. The London success of "CATS" was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years. The production is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and includes the show-stopping song, "Memory."

The WFHS production marks the show's amateur premiere in the state of North Dakota and features over 100 students in its cast, crew, and orchestra. Karen Morrison and Sue Jordahl serve as co-vocal directors, with Morrison also conducting the pit orchestra. Assistant Director Sean Palmer joins a team of choreographers including Carrie Hubbard and MSU-Moorhead theatre and dance professor, Craig A. Ellingson. "CATS" is directed and designed by WFHS alumnus Adam Pankow.

Gate City Bank is serving as sponsors for the production. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and can be reserved by calling 701-356-2050.

The West Fargo High School Theatre is located at 801 9th St. E.