Letter: 'Cats' at PHS is must-see musical
To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Yes, my daughter Dvorah is in Pittsfield High School's production of "Cats," and yes, she was amazing last night as Munkustrap, but since I'm clearly biased, let me mention a few other aspects of the show.
Aaron Coty's rendition of the elderly Asparagus -- recounting his past heroic exploits as his now-frail paws shook -- nearly brought tears to my eyes. The loving way Josh Monge played Old Deuteronomy, and elicited the heartfelt affection of all the cats in the ensemble, was just beautiful. Cheyenne Pac-Taylor's formerly glamorous, now washed-up Grizzabella was a poignant knockout. Freshman Ali Bourzgui's Mr. Mistoffelees was indeed magical, executed with a humor, grace, and aplomb that belied his age.
Brandon Germann's Macavity was mischievous and electric -- accompanied by a convincingly tender Jellylorum (Carly Yon). Liz Chapman shined as both Jennyanydots and Jemima. All the other members of the cast were tremendous in bringing this very difficult musical to life. The dancing, singing, and acting were all superb.
Also to be commended are the kids who did tech -- lighting, sound, set, and stage management -- as well as the pit musicians, who did a fantastic job.
Finally, kudos to the director, the choreographers, costume designer, and musical director. "Cats" exceeded my expectations in every way, and I hope that every seat in the house will be filled for the last few performances, today at 2 and tonight at 7:30.