VIDEO: Hi-Liners Actor Creates Promo Video for Upcoming ‘CATS’ Production


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Victoria Knight, a Hi-Liner, created the following promotional video for their upcoming production of “CATS,” which opens this Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Highline Performing Arts Center:

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On a personal note, BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer was invited to see a rehearsal of this production, and he was very impressed (see his photos from it here). These kids are amazingly talented, work very hard, and know how to entertain! We highly recommend you see this – not only for your own entertainment, but to support LOCAL talent and a great ongoing program for our area youth!

ABOUT CATS
Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London’s New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. CATS’s London success was nearly matched on Broadway where it ran at the Wintergarden Theatre for just over 18 years. (Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.)

“Join The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre in celebrating this purr-ennial favorite with a completely new design concept—more MATRIX than SPANDEX, MANGA not MANGY—THESE ARE NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CATS!” reads an announcement.

TICKETS
Tickets are available online here for $3 less than what you’d pay at the door:

  • Premium: $25  ($28 at-the-door)
  • Adult: $18  ($21 at-the-door)
  • Senior: $15  ($18 at-the-door)
  • Student: $12  ($15 at-the-door)
  • Child: $12  ($15 at-the-door)

ALL SEATS RESERVED.

DIRECTOR
Kathleen Edwards is the Executive Director of The Hi-Liners education program. She has been with The Hi-Liners for thirteen years, where she has directed The Wizard of Oz (twice), Annie, Les Misérables (twice!), 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Music Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Peter Pan (complete with flying,) and Chicago for the MainStage. She is the founder and executive director of DownStage Center, the Hi-Liners educational wing.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
R.J. Tancioco is the musical director for CATS. His credits include the Hi-Liners productions of Les Miserables and Chicago, and also productions for The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, San Jose Rep, ArtsWest, and Contemporary Classics. R.J. is a 2010 Gregory Award recipient.

COSTUME DESIGNER
Candace Frank is the costume designer for CATS. She has a MFA in costume design from the University of Washington. Candace is the Master Costume Crafts Person for Village Theatre and has designed costumes for The Seattle Opera Young Artists Program.

CHOREOGRAPHERS
Daniel Cruz is ecstatic to make his choreographic debut with the Hi-Liners. Most recently, he choreographed Rent at The 5th Avenue Theater where he has performed in over 15 musicals. He has also choreographed for Village Theatre including Jesus Christ Superstar (BWW Seattle Award, with Dir. Brian Yorkey), and upcoming Big River. Cruz is also an accomplished performer who served as a co-dance captain on the 1st National Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights which he performed with the cast on So You Think You Can Dance. Other performance credits include MTV Video Music Awards (Michael Jackson/NSync), music video Musicology (Prince), BET and Much Music Awards (Ashanti) and Brian Friedman’s Freestyle.

Originally from Seattle, Katy Tabb is thrilled to be making her return to the Pacific Northwest. Katy was last seen in The Producers and Johnny Baseball (Village Originals) at Village Theatre. Selected Los Angeles theatre credits include: Guys & Dolls (Norris Theatre), Cole (Downey CLO), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Norris), and Mrs. Scrooge (cast recording, West of Broadway Theatre Co.). As a contemporary and modern dancer, she has toured internationally with Vox Dance Theatre and performed with Benita Bike’s DanceArt and Kybele Dance Theatre. Katy graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Dance from Chapman University in Orange, CA.

The Highline Performing Arts Center is located at 401 S. 152nd Street, next to Highline High School.

More info at www.hi-liners.org.

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