Auburn to present encore of ‘CATS’ Jan. 4 prior to state festival

Rockford Auburn High School’s production of ‘CATS’ will be one of only 25 productions — and one of only four musicals — presented at the 37th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival at Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., Jan. 8. Prior to the festival, an encore performance of the musical will be staged at Auburn High School at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4. Admission is $8, and reservations can be made by calling (815) 966-3300, ext. 10111. (Photo provided)
More than 50 Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) students have been involved in this year’s show. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Rockford Auburn High School has earned statewide recognition and an opportunity to showcase its production of CATS next month during the Illinois High School Theatre Festival at Illinois State University.

This marks the third time in as many years that an Auburn show has been invited to the prestigious festival.

The festival is a noncompetitive exhibition and a chance for students to view the work of their peers and for students’ work to be seen by college professors from across the state.

Judges praised the CATS performance last month and selected it as one of 25 productions — and one of only four musicals — that will be presented at the 37th annual festival.

More than 50 students from the district’s Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) program have been involved in this year’s show, and they’ve been working diligently to master what most would consider a difficult production for high school students.

CATS, a Tony Award-winning musical based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, is not the first challenging piece an Auburn group has undertaken.

Last year, their Side By Side By Sondheim production earned an invitation downstate. Before that, they performed 16 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview at the annual competition.

The cast will perform this year’s production Jan. 8 in Normal, Ill. In addition, the students will have an encore performance of CATS at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Auburn, 5110 Auburn St., Rockford. Admission is $8. Tickets can be ordered online (https://tix1.seatyourself.biz/webstore/webstore.html?domain=auburncapa&event=.) or reserved by calling (815) 966-3300, ext. 10111.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2011, issue

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