Purr-formers plan biggest ever staging of Cats
YOUNG performers from Bristol are set to take part in Britain's largest ever performance of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber show Cats.
The 76 singers and dancers will be part of the 3,000-strong cast taking part in the Stagecoach Theatre production alongside performers from schools across the UK and beyond.
The production has been arranged to mark the 25th anniversary of the part-time theatre school network and will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on March 24.
The main cast will be made up of 50 specially selected dancers and 500 singers in a choir from 13 Stagecoach schools, with an additional 2,500 performers from 47 schools throughout the UK, Malta, Germany and Ireland. There will also be a virtual choir of made up of international students from Stagecoach schools in Canada, Gibraltar, South Africa, Spain and more whose performances will be shown on large screens in the arena.
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Exclusive permission has been given by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group for the production. Sir Andrew said: "I'm absolutely thrilled that so many young people will be able to take part in this very special performance of Cats. Happy 25th birthday Stagecoach and thank you for giving your students the opportunity to perform the show in such a spectacular way."
Veronica Bennetts, director of education for Stagecoach, said: "We are honoured to have been allowed to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical and are hugely excited to celebrate our quarter-century anniversary in this way. To bring together so many students from across the UK, and globally, has truly been team work on a vast scale and the final outcome will be something to remember forever."