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challenges of his own to play his part. Usually a bass, it took some dedicated work to ready his voice for the higher notes required of him. He used his “mobile rehearsal hall — my car.”
“I can belt,” Cregger said, “and no one cares.”
Others, like Joseph Murphy, who plays Munkustrap, dealt with an entirely different set of obstacles. While Grizabella and Old Deuteronomy are fairly standard roles in terms of physical fitness, many in the musical force their actors to sing and dance, sometimes simultaneously. Murphy has lost 30 to 35 pounds in the last few months in preparation.
He’s also had to bring his voice back up to snuff. His last appearance was as Riff in “West Side Stor y” at Milburn Stone last year.
“Not really performing and singing for a year, you got to get your pipes back in order, because they start going away,” Murphy said.
Recently, the theater added a matinee show on Dec. 10, during which it’ll ask for donations for a Plumpton Park Zoo fun- draiser, to go toward a new enclosure for its two tigers, Alexis and Miracle. It’s a step in the community involvement direction that Johnson said she wants the theater to take.
After “Cats,” Milburn Stone will go on a brief hiatus until Jan. 12, when “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” opens at Elkton Station.
“Cats” will run Nov. 25, 26, 27 and Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 ( Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p. m., Sundays at 3 p. m.). Matinee on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p. m. Tickets can be bought at milburnstone. com or at the door — $ 18.
Rob Tucker, playing Mungojerrie, jumps during a scene in Monday’s run-through of “Cats,” which opens tonight at Milburn Stone Theatre
Gift cards and clothes rank high with gift recipients.
Bombalurina, played by Darby McLaughlin.