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Richmond’s version of Cats available this summer

When was your first time watching Cats the musical?
Mark Carter, director of Cats young edition, said the show offers all performers to have their moments to shine on the stage.

Do you still remember watching Cats the musical for the first time? Did the song Memory ever bring you to tears?

Since its premiere at the New London Theater in 1981, the musical has garnered numerous awards, including Best Musical at the Laurence Olivier and Tony Awards. 

This summer, Children’s Theater of Richmond (CTORA), a Richmond not-for-profit that aims to create a platform for young actors to hone their talents, will bring Cats: Young Actors Edition to the public at the Pal Studio Theater in Vancouver from July 29 to Aug. 7. 

The upcoming show will be an hour-long production with the whole casting group below the age of 18, according to Richmondite Lily Yuan, also the founder of CTORA and producer of the Cats: Young Actors Edition.

“The family-friendly show can help everyone to take a small break from reality and experience the cats’ world and experience their life journeys - their ups and downs, joys and sadness,” said Yuan. 

“I also feel content seeing this version of Cats will give many young artists a chance to showcase their talents and this experience will also become a part of many kittens’ lives.”

Although the running time was cut to an hour, nothing will be missed out, said Mark Carter, director of Cats young edition. 

“This is the type of show that everybody can be highlighted and everybody can have their moments to shine,” said Carter. 

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