Playful Theatre Productions Announce Auditions for “CATS”

One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest and most popular works is coming BACK to The Kelsey Theatre, and YOU have the chance to join the cast for the highly anticipated return!

Playful Theatre Productions, the company behind the award winning production of Les Miserables at The Kelsey Awards this past summer, and the producers of the upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar have finally announced auditions for their highly anticipated production of CATS. The production will feature Kelsey Theatre favorite Dani Tucci-Juraga making her Kelsey Theatre directorial debut.

Dani will also be choreographing this production, with Kelsey Theater veteran Laurie Gougher by her side as Musical Director.


Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S.Eliot
Text by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe after T.S Eliot

Produced by Playful Theatre Productions
Producers Suzanne Smith and Hilary Leboff
Direction and Choreography by Dani Tucci-Juraga
Musical Direction by Laurie Gougher
Stage Management by Ruth Kresge and Nancy Scharf.

December 4, 2014 7:30pm
December 7, 2014 2:00pm

December 6, 2014 1:00pm (Pit Singers Only, no dancing required)
Callbacks, as required, are tentatively scheduled for December 7, 6:00pm

Call 267-987-4113 or e-mail
Audition appointments are very strongly recommended

Be warmed and ready to dance.
Wear tight fit dance clothes and jazz shoes or sneakers.
Tap shoes a plus.

Auditioners are asked to prepare one complete song in the style of the show and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided.

Bring picture and resume if possible.

Rehearsals begin lightly in December and then pick up in January.  Dance rehearsals will be on Saturdays 1-5pm and Sunday 6-9:30pm at Downstage Center Dance Studio in Morrisville, Pa.  Vocal rehearsals will be one-two nights per week, at MCCC Communications Building and/or Downstage Center.

All roles are open. A summary of available roles is provided below.

We are seeking a total of approximately 20 actors, though cast size and planned doubling will be flexible based on audition results.  In general, adult actors (age 16+) of any age will be considered for all of the principal roles.


Grizabella: (female)  the former Glamour cat; now an outcast; sings “Memory”; big voice. Belt High Eb Moves. Limited dance.

Old Deuteronomy:  (male) the beloved, old patriarch of the Jellicle cats; big, commanding voice. High G#. Limited dance.

Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger:  (male) actor doubles as Bustopher in Act I and Gus the theatre cat who becomes Growltiger in the Opera. Operatic voice with High Bb. Limited dance.

Jellylorum/Griddlebone:  (female) operatic storyteller with High ‘C’; comedic skills helpful; decent dancer.

Mr. Mistoffelees:  (male) spectacular dancer; magical; usually small; light singer.

Rum Tum Tugger:  (male) funky, sexy, fun tomcat; Elvis-meets-Mick Jagger; charismatic dancer and singer.

Munkustrap:  (male) tribe leader, manly, protector; main narrator. Strong dancer/singer to High G.

Gumbie/Jennyanydots:  (female) Tapper with personality; strong soprano. High C a plus.

Bombalurina:  (female) sexy, leader; sings “Macavity”; strong singer/dancer.

Demeter:  (female) sexy, quirky, skittish; also sings “Macavity”; strong singer /dancer.

Skimbleshanks:  (male) fussy, precise, charming; the Railway cat. Strong singer/ dancer.

Mungojerrie:  (male) mischievous acrobat; young adult cat; good singer and dancer. Usually “Ghengis” in Siamese section.

Rumpleteazer:  (female) Mungojerrie’s partner in crime; similar size to Mungo, acrobatic; good singer and dancer.

Plato/Macavity:  (male) beautiful, athletic dancer with ballet; light singer; fight choreography.

Alanzo/Rumpus Cat: (male) athletic dancer with ballet; light to decent singer; also fight choreography.

Silabub:  (female, sometimes called Jamima) sweet, pretty kitten; clear, young solo voice; sings “Memory” with Griz; strong dancer.

Victoria:  (female) usually the White Cat; solo ballerina kitten; light singer.

Cassandra:  (female) usually the Siamese Cat; sinewy, elegant, mysterious dancer; light singer.

Tumblebrutus:  (male) athletic, acrobatic, featured dancer young adult cat; light singer.

Pouncival: (male) young kitten; usually covers Mistoffelees; strong dance, decent singer.

Coricopat:  (male) young male twin kitten

Tantomile:  (female) young female twin kitten

Carbucketty:  (male) cameo.  Tenor.

Pit Singers: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone.  No Dancing Required.

Friday, Mar. 13 & 27
Saturdays, Mar. 14, 21 & 28 at 8pm, Mar. 21 at 2pm
Sundays, Mar. 15, 22 & 29 at 2pm

The show will be performed at Kelsey Theatre, on campus at Mercer County Community College (West Windsor, NJ)


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