By Margot Thomas
YOU DON’T have to be a cat lover to enjoy the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, but if you want to see a local stunning performance at Teatro En Circulo you will need to move fast as the last performance is on Sunday, Oct 29.
The musical, Cats is based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.
Cats introduced the song standard "Memory” back in 1981 and that’s what it has created for audiences in Panama since it opened on October 11. It is presented by Cochez and Beatriz Gonzáles for the benefit of the Casita de Mausi Foundation, which has long played an active role helping cancer sufferers with limited incomes.
The musical production of José "Pepe" Casis, is choreographed by Carlos Díaz and performed with verve by an outstanding cast: Diana Durán as Grizabella, Luis Arteaga, Luis Rossman, Angel Cárdenas, Carlos Jaén, Ricardo Moreno, Maria C. Triana and Iván Herazo.
The lighting is by a team led by the lighting of the original record-breaking run on Broadway and then around the world.
When you leave you will have your own “Memory” to treasure and you will have helped Casita de Mausi Foundation to continue providing a temporary shelter for adult cancer patients of limited means from the interior receiving treatment at the National Oncological Institute, and their companions during their follow-up and control appointments.
Tickets are on sale at Panatickets at $35.00. If you move fast you can get seats for- Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm and the final performance on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. You will not only have a wonderful time out but will add a jewel to your own “Memory” bank.
Saw this show on opening night - it is fantastic! Co-Directed by Mona Lisa Arias - who has been chosen to bring PANAMÁ: THE MUSICAL to the stage at the Ateneo Theater opening Feb 1