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Ni­cola Ballinger

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.”

Os­car Bir­chall

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.”

Natalie Kri­van

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.

Dayna Pukallus

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.

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