Photo Flash: First Look at Emily Brockway and More in CRT's CATS
Directing and choreographing this challenging production is Barbara Hartwig, making her CRT debut. "Cats" cast members include a mix of returnees to CRT and many young dancers/singers making their CRT debuts. Playing Grisabella is Emily Brockway, last seen as leading lady Fiona in CRT's "Brigadoon", for which she was nominated for a SALT Award. Homer resident Kim Hubbard, also seen in "Brigadoon" and a long-time director of the "CRT Kids" shows will play Asparagus (or "Gus"), the theatre cat. Rin Allen, last seen as Rizzo in "Grease" and as a SALT Award nominee for "Chicago", will play Bombalurina. Matt Couvillon, last seen in CRT's "Pajama Game" and "Brigadoon" will play Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat. CRT's Performing Interns step into the spotlight, after having last been seen in "Grease": Alexander Hulett as Munkustrap, Parker Slaybaugh as Mr. Mistoffelees, Alexa Shanahan as Jennyanydots, Avery Epstein as Victoria, Abby Sheridan as Sillabub, and Chris Collins as Tumblebrutus. Actors currently being seen in CRT's "Grease" who will also be in "Cats" include Abigail Gatlin as Demeter, Ryan Shaefer as Rum Tum Tugger and Maria Cristina Slye as Rumpleteazer. Making their CRT debuts are Richard Wagoner as both Old Deuteronomy and Bustopher Jones, Stephen Brower as Alonzo, Katherine Margo Brown as Cassandra, Conor DeVoe as Mungojerrie, Jonathan-Blake Flemings as Pouncival, Amanda Lee Myers as Jellylorum, and James Wells as both Plato and Macavity.
Stage Manager Eric Behnke leads the production staff, which includes returnees from CRT's "Grease" including Scenic Designer Jason Bolan, Costume Designer Jimmy Johansmeyer, Lighting Designer Shawn Boyle, Sound Designer Seth Asa Sengel, and Props Mistress Danielle Hodgin. Patrick McGovern continues as Technical Director as does Natasha Thompson as Assistant Stage Manager.
CRT continues the tradition of "Friday Night Talk Backs" at which a Q & A session with the actors, designers and crew take place after every Friday evening performance. Tickets are also on sale for the rest of CRT's summer season, including the upcoming Agatha Christie's "The Hollow", "The Drawer Boy", "The Mystery of Irma Vep" and four performances of the children's show "Aladdin". See CRT's website for more details at www.cortlandrep.org.