Tap­ping to the top

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - YOUR GENERATION -

NOT many peo­ple can say they earn a liv­ing tap danc­ing with cock­roaches in a junk­yard while pre­tend­ing to be a cat, but Perth mu­si­cal theatre per­former Holly Mee­gan is do­ing just that.

The 2011 WAAPA grad­u­ate has played the role of Jen­nyany­dots in An­drew Lloyd Web­ber's Cats since it toured South Korea, Sin­ga­pore and Ma­cau in 2014, be­fore head­ing to New Zealand and Aus­tralia, where it fin­ishes with a Perth sea­son from April 16.

“Cats has ab­so­lutely changed my life,” Mee­gan said.

“I got to ful­fil my dream of per­form­ing in a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cal and have just learnt so much about the craft, per­form­ing and my­self; it's been epic and won­der­ful.”

Mee­gan grew up in Don­ny­brook be­fore her fam­ily moved to Kar­rinyup when she was 13 for her high school education at John XXIII Col­lege.

She be­gan opera train­ing but soon re­alised the world of mu­si­cal theatre was her call­ing, help­fully learn­ing how to tap dance at WAAPA.

“The tap dance I'm do­ing now is a new ver­sion to the one I was per­form­ing at the start of the tour,” Mee­gan said.

“This New Zealand/Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion is the Lon­don re­vival ver­sion, so it was more of a mil­i­tary-style tap dance be­fore and now it's like a Broad­way 42nd

Street num­ber.” Hav­ing au­di­tioned for three char­ac­ters in the mu­si­cal, Mee­gan said her heart had been set on play­ing nanny cat of the tribe Jen­nyany­dots.

“I felt so con­nected to her and re­ally fell in love with the part, so I was ob­vi­ously thrilled when I was of­fered it,” she said.

“She is very prac­ti­cal, car­ing and can be a lit­tle bit bossy at times to the kit­tens.

“I've got younger brothers and sis­ters, so I have that kind of ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a bit of a mother hen.”

Mee­gan said iron­i­cally she pre­pared for the mu­si­cal, based on T.S. Eliot's po­etry, by search­ing for the hu­man­ity in her char­ac­ter be­fore find­ing her fe­line phys­i­cal­ity.

“They guided us in the right di­rec­tion but it was all about find­ing what was right for our own bod­ies,” she said.

“Once you ac­cept you're a cat, in a world of cats, you then learn how to ex­press your­self and in­cor­po­rate the fe­lin­ity in it as well.”

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group has 10 dou­ble passes to give­away to Cats on Satur­day, April 16. En­ter at www.com­mu­nity news.com.au by Fe­bru­ary 15.

Tanya MacNaughton

Holly Mee­gan as Jen­nyany­dots in Cats.

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