Last Thursday I met actor/singer/comedian/dancer/writer Claire Wilcher on the northwest side of town at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre for the opening night of “Cats.” The show is based on the poems in “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot. Its music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Buddy Reeder is the director and choreographer for the B&B production. He restaged the show based on Marc Robins’ 2004 B&B choreography. Kristy Templet is the musical director. Dawn Rivard is the wig and makeup artist. Brian Horton is the costumer.
I had never seen “Cats” before, but Claire told me she has seen several productions of it, beginning with a big, Broadway touring production of it when she was a child. She loved the songs so much that she memorized them, listening to a recording of them over and over.
I had asked her to be my guest just because I knew I would enjoy her company. It was an unexpected treat to find myself with a “Cats” aficionado!