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Review: Cats

Kidderminster Operatic & Dramatic Youth Section
Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

ONE word can describe this production – WOW!

It was good to see a full house for this truly breathtaking performance by the youngsters and if this is a sign of things to come, the future of am-dram in Kidderminster is in safe hands.

Dan Richards has a tremendous stage presence, and he was dominant as Munkustrap and Mister Mistoffelees, the latter highlighting his dancing prowess. His sister, Jessica, was an excellent Grizabella, especially singing ‘Memory’ so well.

Louis Wharton was outstanding in dual roles. He was effective as Bustopher Jones, but especially excelled as Gus the theatre cat. I was very impressed by the fact that he kept his hand shaking consistent throughout (he is supposed to have palsy).

I really enjoyed Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer’s duet, thanks to Hannah Perry and Hannah Lammas, which was performed to perfection.

The entire cast must be congratulated for their singing, acting and sheer enthusiasm, and congrats also to director/choreographer James Skidmore – the balletic/acrobatic white cat, aka Lucy Mann, brilliantly danced. The musical content was a credit to Russell Painter, who certainly got the best out of all the cast.

I can’t end without mentioning those fantastic costumes and face paintings.

This vibrant show was so suited to these enthusiastic young members of KODYS, and I cannot imagine an adult company performing it any better.

Well done KODYS.

VJS