'Cats'












Seventy students from Le Cirque Centre in Ashland will perform an aerial dance theater adaptation of the Broadway show "Cats" based on T.S. Eliot's poems at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland.




Jellicle Cats will appear from ceiling to the floor in the 5,000-square-foot theater directed and choreographed by Lorenzo SantaBarbara, the owner of Le Cirque Centre.




SantaBarbarba directed another children's version of "Cats" about 10 years ago.




That time, SantaBarbara said, the emphasis was on the singing and costumes.




This time there will be no singing and the attention will be on dance work in the air and on the floor.




Victoria, the glamor cat, brings all who are wise and full of cat life to the Jellicle Ball, where all cats gather to celebrate the ever-lasting life of a feline.




Characters such as Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella, Macavity, Rumple Teaser and Mungo Jerrie will fly from aerial chandeliers, climb high up on silks and drop suddenly from a trapeze or flip into cat-like shapes from a trampoline.




Grizabella, facing the end of one of her cat lives, is reborn in the Heaviside layer.




Deuteronomy, the wise and spiritual cat, lifts her along with all of the jellicle cats to cat heaven.




Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are available at Tree House books, Music Coop, and Le Cirque Centre, Ashland.




For more information, call 301-6804.