Letter: 'Cats' is latest PHS miracle

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To the editor of THE EAGLE:

When the Pittsfield High School Theatre Department and Proteus won the 1997 Music Theatre International Certificate of Excellence, NYC Equity actor Don Perkins was quoted in MTI publicity for calling our production of Sondheim’s "Sweeney Todd" "a high school miracle." Starring in that show was Justina Trova, who now teaches the PHS theater program and is directing the current production of "Cats." And dancing in "Sweeney" was Cameron Allshouse, who is one of the choreographers of "Cats." The other choreographer is
a more recent graduate of the PHS theater program, Courtney Keefe.

Nothing could make a teacher and director happier than watching his former students succeed so wonderfully as they are presently doing with "Cats."

Together with music director, Aurora Cooper, and one of the best companies of actors, dancers, singers, crew and musicians to carry the banner of Proteus, I am pleased to say that they have indeed created a new high school miracle. I urge everyone to see "Cats," which opened Wednes-
day and runs through Saturday. But obtain tickets early, as I suspect that it will be sold out.

I’m jealous that I didn’t direct it.

RALPH HAMMANN

Williamstown

The writer was Pittsfield High School drama director from 1976 to 2011.


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