…. To the CATS 20th Year Celebration!
__ E T Russell ___ A Gala, Variety Show & Retrospect is an
exciting journey down memory lane of the many productions that have been years
of local theatre played out on stage at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts
Center by the Community
Arts Theater Society actors; we
know them as CATS
and under the direction of one talented lady Karen Rachels. Hundreds of local children as well as adults
have grown-up through the years going to rehearsals of singing and dancing for
months previous the next season’s production. This past month audiences have
recalled the productions of ‘Annie Get Your Gun’, ‘Odd Couple’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Oklahoma’,
‘My Fair Lady’ and on, and on of many musical Broadway favorites played on the
stage. There’s one special segment of ‘Les Miserables’ that is truly ‘pro’. More
than sixty productions reviewed in one night.
As one of the local actors in several shows, I was delighted
sitting among others in the audience when the production opened early this
month. We would laugh at many of the recalls as they appeared on the screen;
and our hearts were warmed when we’d see some of the many loved ones that have
passed. Many of us amateurs signed up for just the pure fun and social but many
stayed involved for years, with what has become an extended family. What sweet
memories! Through the years some of those ‘greats’ relocated out of Big Bear
Valley, but they scheduled rehearsals for the shows that they felt particularly
drawn to be in or be sure they at least attended their favorite productions.
The 20th Celebration is a collection or
rather a selection of ‘best of the best’ of all the twenty years of actors and
shows on video retros by Paul Minton and Bob Perry, especially written and directed
by Karen Sarge Rachels. The breaks between the screen shots are live
performances on stage or out-takes mostly incredible dancing, reminding of the
particular production. Oh, yea! How many of us watched as small children grew
up into adulthood in those twenty years? Was that a bit revealing of age? Great job, Sarge, you did it!
And a special treat, you can have a free glass of champagne or
lemonade with a ‘20th cupcake’ for each paid admission!
Okay, as I said, if you haven’t been in the past few weeks
to the CATS
20th Year Celebration, GO! If you’ve been, Go Again!
Three performances left. Friday November 28th, Saturday November 29th
and Sunday’s matinee.
See Calendar of Events f http://www.bigbearlake.net/events for
times and ticket information. For further information call the PAC box office