Youth Theatre impress at The Point

Cats at the PointWhilst lights were still burning in the Labour campaign HQ on Saturday night, directly across the road at The Point, a full house was gathering for the final performance of a production of Cats.

Ironically, The Point is housed in buildings that were formerly Eastleigh’s Town Hall, and is situated just a short walk from the location that the Borough Council now wants to relocate to…

But none of that mattered to the audience who enjoyed what can only be described as an astonishing production by the Eastleigh based Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre

A complicated show for any theatre group to perform, with lots of tightly choreographed movement on a modest stage and some very big, very familiar and very well-loved songs for the young artists to tackle, the whole cast showed that they were well up to the challenge and delivered a performance that did credit to themselves, their directors and to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of the musical.

In some respects, this production was even more effective than the original, as with young people of a variety of ages to be seen on stage, some seemed to be only 8 years old, the different shapes and sizes of cats were very realistic.

Without really wishing to single out any one individual performance, there were so many great ones, notably Mungojerry and Rumpleteaser, Mr Mistoffelees, Skimbleshanks, Macavity, Munkustrap, Rum Tum Tugger and the countless individual ‘little performances’ that were not centre stage but critical to the overall effect and the success of the show,  for most of the audience I suspect the abiding memory will be that of Grizabella, who belted out the biggest song of them all,  “Memory”, every bit as well as Elaine Paige ever did…

Centrestage Productions next work is to be Miss Saigon. Auditions are to be held on 3rd March. Details are on the CPYT website.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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