WHAT: ‘CATS’ FULL DRESS REHEARSAL
WHEN: 2.27PM SATURDAY
It is not the first time on stage for Nicola Ballinger, 15, who is playing Electra in the Cats production. She was involved in a production of Oliver last year, which she enjoyed so much that she decided to give the stage another go this year. She is also enjoying the greater amount of dancing that comes with Cats, as well as the amount of stage time she is getting. “This time around, I am on stage for most of the time, whereas with Oliver I was only on for 10 minutes.”
The 16-year-old is playing the Rum Tug Tugger, one of the main characters in the upcoming show. He got involved because Cats it is one of his favourite musicals, and the chance to be in it was too good to pass up. “I love it because Cats is just such a different type of musical. All the other musicals tend to have human characters, and this is just so different because it is so out there.”
For Natalie Krivan, 15, playing Tantomile is just another step in moving towards a future in the arts. “I love theatre and something that I really want to do when I graduate from school is to go study it,” Ms Krivan said. She also enjoys the atmosphere that comes with the stage and the people around it, as well as making friends with a similar interest in singing and dancing.
Chorus member Dayna Pukallus, 14, keeps her eyes and ears open for any opportunity to get involved in theatre. Also a budding author, the lover of the arts enjoys Cats because of the extravagance of the show, especially the variations of makeup. “I enjoy it because I get to be someone that I am not, so in this play, I’m not just a school child.” Having never been in a musical, she is a bit nervous for the show to start, but can’t wait for opening night.