Cats i Oslo: Her er rollelisten!

Jan Erik Madsen ­ Rum Tum Tugger
Jan Erik har sin teaterutdanning fra The Arts Education School, Drama Department, i London. Han debuterte i 1997 i rollen som Benvolio i "Romeo og Julie" ved Teatret Vårt i Molde. Deretter gikk ferden til Trøndelag Teater hvor han i løpet av sesongene 1998 og 1999 spilte roller som Luc i "Balkongen"/(regi Line Rosvoll) og William i "Hver Sin Lyst"(regi Stein Winge).
Ved dette teatret fikk han også sin musikaldebut som rebellen Perchik i "Spelemann på Taket"(regi Morten Cranner), raskt etterfulgt av rollen som Roger i Den skandinaviske premiéren på "RENT". Ønsket om flere utfordringer innen musikaler brakte Jan Erik videre til Hamburg, hvor han spilte Rum Tum Tugger i den tyske produksjonen av "Cats" (2000). Samme år hadde han en kort gjesteopptreden i NGM/Nordic Artists produksjon av "Hair" i Oslo Spektrum (regi Anthony van Laast).
Etter en sesong i "Cats" fikk Jan Erik tilbud om rollen som den sleipe DJ¹en Monty i den tyske oppsetningen av "Saturday Night Fever". Etter en hektisk periode med disco-dans var han en periode også med i den østerrikske produksjonen av "Hair 2002". I sesongen 2002­2003 var han igjen å se som Rum Tum Tugger i "Cats", denne gang i den danske premiéren ved Det Ny Teater i København.
For tiden er Jan Erik tilknyttet Colloseum Theater Essen, hvor han spiller rollen som Zoser i Tysklandspremiéren på Elton John og Disneys musikal "AIDA". Han gleder seg til å gjøre en gjesteopptreden her hjemme i Norge, og vi har gleden av å se ham i den rollen han har høstet så mye heder og ære for nedover i Europa.

Duane Alexander ­ Quaxo
Since he began dancing at the age of six, Duane has always shown a keen interest and love for musicals and the stage. After performing in productions of The King And I, Grease and Aladdin in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg, he ventured to Caper Town to being training at the Waterfront Theatre School. While studying, he featured in many musical productions of the Theatre School, including, I Had A Dream, Scrooge and most recently, It¹s Not Where You Start. Still completely stage struck and in love with the world of musical theatre, Duane is proud and excited to be making his professional debut with this production of Cats.

Belinda Allchin ­ Bombalurina
Belinda's musical theatre career has been challenging and inspiring. Dancing since the age of three, under the guidance of the 'Vivienne Academy of Dance', and singing since she can remember, she hope's to return to the Victorian College of the Arts to complete her singing degree. She has performed in musicals including The Sound of Music, Crusade, H.M.S. Pinafore, Mack & Mabel, the Australian tour of Cats, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and more recently A New Brain (by William Finn ­ Blackbird Productions, Melbourne). Her singing experience is currently evolving with the production of a demo of original compositions and performing live with the Australian Radio Rhythm Orchestra.

Grant Almirall ­ Tumblebrutus
Grant was born in Port Elizabeth, where he started his drama career at the age of 11 with the Rother/Swain Drama Studio. After matriculating, he completed a 1 year musical theatre course with Marlene Pieterse. During school he performed with a small amateur society, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society. His first professional job was Aaron MaCillroy's Abbamaniacs. He then went on to further his studies at Pretoria Technikon and has recently completed the national diploma in musical theatre course. He was very excited when he heard the jellical call!

Fem Belling ­ Jennyanydots
Just for the record, she¹s allergic to cats! She is no stranger to Andrew Lloyd Webber, having played a Soul Girl in Jesus Christ Superstar and more recently, the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Put through her paces at the Performing Arts Workshop (PAW), she studied violin, ballet, tap, singing and acting. After dancing her way through the National Theatre Ballet School in Australia, she returned home to joining PACT Ballet and Free Flight. Musicals include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Vita Award), Roll Over Beethoven, Let¹s Rock, Summer Holiday, Nunsense (Vita Award) and Oklahoma! You can catch Fen singing and playing her electric violin (sponsored by Yamaha) in smokey jazz clubs or with Frank Opperman. In cinemas this summer, you¹ll see Fem making her film debut in Leon Schuster¹s new movie, Mr Bones. A saucer of crème and this feline FemŠwill work her magic.

Sophie Bowen-Twaits ­ Olivia
Sophie commenced her training in Ballet at the tender age of five, and ultimately achieved her Diploma in Dance at the Australian Ballet School in 1995, after which she went on to Graduated from the National Theatre Drama School where she successfully completed the Music Theatre course. Her professional experience includes, three years with the West Australian Ballet Company where she performed seasonally and toured nationally. She also performed with the Opera Australia company in production s such as: Capriccio, Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Princess and Faust. In 1999 Sophie performed in her musical theatre debut with the Australian premier production of Happy Days the Arena Mega Musical. Followed by the GFO/SEL production of Wizard of Oz in which she played numerous roles. Later in 2002 Sophie joined the international tour of Nickelodeons Blues Clues. Most recently Sophie performed in Sydney Dance Company¹s Tivoli where she played the role of Iris. Sophie is thrilled to now be joining the European Tour of Cats.

Luke Bradey ­ Victor
Born in Melbourne Australia, Luke commenced his dance training at the age of eight. At fifteen years of age Luke began his full time classical training at Dance World 301 under the guidance of Mr Brian Nolan. He then transferred to performing arts and graduated in 2001. Luke¹s performance experience has included the Melbourne Premier of Bootmen, BHP Production-Choreographer Chris Horsey staged at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, DW301 Gala Performance-Brisbane, and the Robert Stoitz Society 1999-2000. Most recently Luke has returned from the USA after completing two P&O Cruise contracts 2002-2003. Luke is thrill to be joining to musical production of Cats and would like to dedicate his performance to his mum and dad for helping him to get to where he is now.

Catherine Brodie ­ Sillabub
Began dancing at an early age, excelling at Highland Dancing and winning numerous competitions. After starting ballet, she appeared with the Durban Junior Dance Theatre Company, and also won various ballet awards, before relocating to Cape Town to further her training in musical theatre, at the Waterfront Theatre School. Whilst completing her training, she performed and featured in several productions and also won the award for Best Dancer at the 1999 FNB Vita Dance Indaba. Her professional experience includes various cabaret contracts and corporate functions. Catherine is ecstatic to make her theatrical debut with Cats!

Helen Burger ­ Demeter
Helen Burger matriculated in 1998 with Gr. 8 in classical piano and Gr. 7 in percussion (UNISA). In 1999 she obtained her Teacher¹s Diploma in Classical Ballet from the International Cecchetti Society of Dance. She choreographed several high school musicals from 1999 - 2001. During 2001­2002 she toured as member of SAAPA (SA Academy of the Performing Arts) to Australia, America and London¹s West End. There she performed in Carmen (chorus) and The Mysteries (Isaac, Martha). In 2002 she received Honours with Distinction from the A.I.D.T for her advanced exam in Modern Dancing. Previous productions include: The Little Shop Of Horrors (Audrey), Westside Story (Anybody`s), The Beggar¹s Opera (Jenny Diver).

James Cooper ­ Jonathon
James was born in Tasmania Australia and studied classical, jazz, acrobatics, Latin and contemporary. He has been dancing for ten years, focusing his ability toward competitive dance nationally. Whilst in Tasmania James performed the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. He also performed in numerous pantomimes. In 2003 James was accepted into the Victoria College of the Arts. Whilst studying there James was happy to postpone his studies to experience the Cats experience.

Anthony Costanzo ­ George
Anthony's early training consisted of classical piano and vocals. He combines these skills with song writing to produce his own Cabaret, Musical Theatre and Pop repertoire, which have won him awards Nationally. Most recently Anthony worked in collaboration to write his first musical "John & Sarah" which was a national finalist in the prestigious "Pratt Prize" for new musical theatre works. He is currently under commission to compose music and lyrics for the Australian Production of the Lion The Witch and Wardrobe.
Graduating with one of the three perfect scores for Music in Victoria, Anthony began his theatrical training at Monash University majoring in Music and Drama. During this time he played leading roles in such musicals as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Working and Once on This Island. He further developed his skills at DanceWorld301, where he is currently the Vocal Coach. Anthony's professional career began in 1998 playing Danny Zuko in the Melbourne Moomba Production of Greace, followed by a six month Cabaret in Asia. Upon his return, Anthony worked as a lead Vocalist for Disney Special Events, and then went on to create the very naughty, but lovable role of Armand in Carnival of Freaks, for Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant. How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Mack and Mable marked his debut with The Production Company in 2001.
Later that year, Anthony had the privilege of touring Beijing and Shanghai, appearing in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber starring Elaine Paige. In 2002, Anthony played the title role of the Pinocchio in Gary Ginnivan's Pinocchio, and was later featured in The Production Company's Concert production of Hair, Directed and Choreographed by David Atkins. After which he went on to play the role of ŒToby Bergman¹ and cover to the lead role ŒMichael¹ in the Australian Premiere Cast of The Witches of Eastwick. Anthony's live television credits include; 1998 Melbourne Cup, NBL Basketball, Good Friday Appeal (2000-2002) and the Sydney Carols in the Domain. Most recently Anthony has been working abroad as the Male Lead and Resident Vocal Director for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in the USA.

Catherine Daymond ­ Cassandra
Catherine has a Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Pretoria Technikon. Over the past five years she has performed in various musicals, pantomimes and extravaganzas including La Cage au Folles, Oklahoma! and the Elvis Las Vegas Extravaganza. Her first love however is acting. Recently she featured in Things You Shouldn¹t Say Past Midnight and Funny About Love.

Emma Delmenico ­ Electra
Emma began her dance training at the age of five studying various dance styles and drama with Barbara Lynch Dance Studio in Victoria and later pursued her training at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Emma has performed in Operas, Faust and Lohengrin with the Victoria State Opera and in 1992 and 1994 she performed with the Australian Ballet Company in their production of Nutcracker. In 1997 and 1998, Emma was awarded the Sir Robert Helpmann Ballet Scholarship in South Australia. She has also appeared in various television productions and also in a number of television films and commercials. From 1999 to 2000 Emma played Victoria the white cat in a touring production of Cats, which played in over 44 regional centres of Australia, in a Big Top. After finishing in Cats, Emma appeared in The Production Company's Mack and Mabel at the Victorian Arts Centre and has also been appearing in Children's theatrical productions. Since 2002 Emma has been touring with the international production of Cats and in July 2003 appeared in The Production Company¹s Bye Bye Birdie.

Marcus Desando ­ Old Deuteronomy
Marcus was born in Mamelodi, Pretoria, into a very musical family. He started singing at the age of 13 and joined the PACT Chorus as an ad hoc member in 1987. Four years later he joined PACTS¹s permanent chorus and sang with them until March 1994 when he became a member of the Cape Opera Studio. He had been a soloist in oratorio, including the Passion of Christ and the Coronation Mass. Opera productions for PACT as a soloist include Tholiwe and the Crocodile, Batsumi, The Hunters and Ntjilo, Ntjilo Bird of Peace. For Cape Town Opera he sang in Fidelio, The Consul, Tosca, La Boheme and Enoch, Prophet of God. He sang Mingo and Sporting Life at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, In 1997 he sang the role of Borsa in Rigoletto, followed by Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor. Performed the roles of Whitey and Lulu in Hal Shaper¹s La Boheme Noir. In 1998 he toured Europe singing Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess for New York Harlem Productions. Since his return he has sung in Salome, Il Seraglio, Le Nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Il Matrimonio. He was appointed assistant director for Cape Town Opera, assisting in Aida, Hansel and Gretel, L¹Elisir d¹Amore and The Merry Widow. He was instrumental in the creation of the new folk opera, By the River.

Darryl Evans ­ Skimbleshanks
Darryl has performed on the stages of most of the major entertainment venues in South Africa. Starting in extravaganzas at the Wild Coast Sun and Sun City, he then moved on to Musical Theatre, the real love of his life. He has appeared in shows like The King and I, Oklahoma, The Wizard of Oz and Fiddler on the Roof, and national tours of Crazy For You, West Side Story, Queen at the Opera and Summer Holiday. He is now very proud and excited to be performing on the stages of the world as a cat!

Samantha Fayle ­ Noilly Prat
Having studied Creative arts majoring in Voice at the University Of Southern Queensland, Samantha Fayle has had a varied career in all areas of performance, in particular as a singer, pursuing many different styles of music including music theatre, pop, folk and jazz. Sam started as a member of the QLD Cabaret group ŒVocal Point¹ performing at corporate events and concerts both in Australia and overseas. Sam went on to work for the Walt Disney Company touring throughout Australia and Asia performing as lead vocalist in various stage shows. Sam¹s Theatre credits include Chess (Macshows), The Sound Of Music (SEL/Gordon Frost), and The Boy From Oz (Gannon/Fox). On television Sam has appeared on ŒGood Morning Australia¹ and ŒDenise¹. Sam¹s live performances include Carols In The Domain, The Mo Awards, ŒHats Off¹ Charity Concert and The Sydney Cabaret Convention. Sam has performed as lead singer for the Melbourne Swing/Jazz band Ch¹Boogie and was also part of the acclaimed vocal trio ŒThe Funky Divas¹. Sam has recently returned from the P & O Fair Princess as the leading Female Entertainer.

Chireen Ferreira ­ Rumpleteaser
Has been on stage since the theatrical twinkle was spotted in her eye in Grade 1. She was trained at the Robin Williams Drama School in Port Elizabeth (she was one of the first ŒAnnies¹ in the musical, Annie) and then went on to the Waterfront Theatre School. Wherever she has studied, she has excelled on stage, in musical and plays as well as dance. Favourite adult roles have been Tuptim in The King and I, and Faith in Kindertransport. After working for the Story Spinning Theatre in Cape Town, as well as playing in several of David Matheson¹s productions at Artscape, Chireen returned to he hometown to take up a drama and dance teaching post. She was busy putting the final touches to her choreography for Grease, when she had the Cats call.

Gareth Hewitt Williams ­ Mungojerrie
Although Cats is Gareth's professional debut, he has been preparing for it from birth! Gareth first crawled down the aisle of a theatre and appeared onstage at the age of 2! He has sung and danced his way through Oliver! Noyes Fludde, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Greace (Showtime Award - Best Actor) as well as many revues. He also counts the playing of Shakespeare's Romeo to his credit as well as performing his own cabaret. Being cast as Mungojerrie in the original South African cast of Cats - and traveling the world with the International Touring Company for 2 years has been a dream come true! Gareth was nominated for 2 FNB VITA awards (Best Musical Performance by a New Actor) in Cape Town and Johannesburg - South Africa, for his portrayal of Mungojerrie in Pieter Toerien's production of Cats! Gareth dedicates his performance to his late grandmother.

Barnaby Ingram ­ Plato/Macavity
Born in Southampton, UK, Barnaby began dancing at a young age and completed his formal training at the Doreen Bird College Of Performing Arts in London, where he graduated with a BA (honours) in Dance and Theatre Performance. After performing in productions of both Time and Tabaluga & Lilli on London's West End, Barnaby landed the part of Plato / Macavity in Cats in Germany and is now thrilled to be able to recreate the role he loves as part of this production of Cats. He has worked extensively in theatre and television throughout Europe, America and Australia.

Ria Jones ­ Grizabella (except in Sweden)
Ria¹s musical theatre credits include: Eva Peron in Evita, Grizabella in Cats, Fantine in Les Miserables, The Narrator in Joseph, Svetlana/Florence in Chess, Carla/Necrophorus in Nine, Ida in Honk, Josephine/Monica in Romance Romance, Kim in Personals, Petra in A Little Night Music, Robin in Godspell, Emma West in A Twist Of Fate and Anita in West Side Story. She created a role of Norma Desmond in the original workshop of Sunset Boulevard at Sydmonton. Worked closely with Stephen Sondheim in his new musicals master classes at St Catherine¹s collage Oxford. And was proud to be chosen to perform at the Voices Of A Nation concert to celebrate the opening of the Welsh Assembly. Concert work has taken Ria all over the world. She regularly guests with orchestras in Singapore, France, South Africa and Denmark, as well as appearing in the U.K.
Recent concerts include: A Night Under The Stars with Bryn Tyrfel, Fantine in Les Miserables, Cardiff Castle, The Wonderful World of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Birmingham and Glasgow, Soloist in Black Goes With Everything, celebrating the lyrics of Don Black and Miss Leading Ladies, which she co-devised with her brother Ceri Dupree. She has recorded her own television show "For One Night Only With Ria Jones" for BBC Wales. Has appeared on three Royal Variety shows for the BBC, as well as guesting on many chat shows on Welsh television. Recordings include: Les Miserables, (Manchester cast recording), Personals, A Twist Of Fate, A Tribute To Hal Prince (live cast recordings) and most recently as a guest soloist on the C.D. "My Way" with trumpeter Pier Nielsen, which has now gone platinum.

Angela Kilian ­ Jellylorum/Griddlebone
Was bitten by the theatre bug when she was just six years old. She went on to study drama in Cape Town where she obtained her London Trinity Performers Diploma. Since then she has played some of the most coveted female roles in musical theatre. Favourite roles include: Eva Peron in Evita (VITA Award), Anna in The King and I (Showtime Award), Maria in The Sound of Music (Fleur du Cap Award), Cinderella in Into the Woods (Fleur du Cap Award), Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn Live (VITA Award). Other shows include: Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Mame and Peter Pan. When not performing on stage, she presents for various channels on national television. She feels extremely honoured to be a Œcat¹.

Warren Kimmel ­ Asparagus/Bustopher Jones/Growltiger
Warren was born in South Africa in 1970. He attended Cape Town University where he gained a Business Science degree before being offered a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Warren first appeared as The Man in Henry Goodman¹s 1996 production of Laughing Wild, which toured to the Bristol Old Vic and London Riverside theatres. His other roles include Frederick in Chris Monks¹ production of Pirates of Penzance for the New Victoria theatre in Stoke on Trent. Lieutenant Joe Cable in the Apollo Leisure national tour of South Pacific. John Parker in Animal Crackers directed by Emil Wolk and Greg Hersov at the Barbican Theatre London and the Manchester Royal Exchange, Danny in Grease at the Nico Theatre, Cape Town, Burrs in Julia Smith¹s adaptation of The Wild Party by Joseph Moncure March for the MousePeople. The Mousepeople company was founded by Warren and Julia and in this their first production, Warren was nominated for a Stage and Television Today award for acting excellence and The Wild Party toured to Edinburgh, London, Scotland, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Grahamstown. Warren was also instrumental in mounting the English premiere of Reza de Wet¹s Crossing at the Riverside Studios in London where he took the role of the Maestro. Warren has just completed a run of Private Lives (Elyot) in Cape Town and Johannesburg and Aspects of Love in Vancouver playing Alex Dillingham and will be returning to appear in Jacques Brel isŠ in Vancouver in the New Year. Warren is delighted to be returning to the best company of Cats ever!!

Talia Kodesh ­ Jemima
In 2001, Talia completed her National Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Pretoria Technikon, South Africa, where she performed in productions such as Jerry¹s Girls, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and Into The Woods (Cinderella). Moving on into the professional world, she worked in Children¹s Theatre (VAPA Productions- The Golden Rule) and enjoyed a run in Janice Honeyman¹s Pantomime (Sleeping Beauty). Talia has also delved into the world of film and television (Egoli; Uncle Paul¹s Untold Tales) and entered the corporate and commercial world (Mia¹s Summer Tour; Santam & Phillips Commercials). She ventured into directing and enjoyed being on the other side of the lights with her choreography of the Mr & Miss JHB Youth Pageant 2002. Talia is proud to be in Cats and hopes to pursue her dreams with integrity, determination and conviction.

Katherine Lipp ­ Victoria
Was trained and educated in Cape Town, after which she began an interesting journey of three years at the UCT (University of Cape Town) School of Dance, from which she graduated in 1998, majoring in classical ballet. Throughout her three years at University and for a short while thereafter, Katherine worked with the Cape Town City Ballet. In 1999 she joined forces with Juanita Yazbek and entered the corporate world continuing to do some musical theatre, cabaret work and a few operas. Her previous venture was Grease ­ the Stadium Spectacular: Katherine is thrilled to be in Cats.

Craig Long ­ Coricopat
Craig started his performing career in 1992 in South Africa. With his training in ballet, jazz and tap, as well as singing and drama, he has been able to perform in musicals like Crazy For You, Me and My Girl and The Rocky Horror Show to name a few. For the last three years he has been working for Carnival Cruise Lines in the USA, appearing in their "Las Vegas" style reviews, and also featured in special on-board cabarets.

Anton Luitingh ­ Munkustrap
Studied at the University of Stellenbosch where he graduated in 1998 with a B. Drama (Hons) Cum Laude degree in drama. While studying he began his professional career performing in Mike McCullagh¹s hit show, Fiftysomething and Legends of Rock Œn Roll. He played the role of Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Show Picture Show, and as Kenickie in David Matheson¹s production of Grease. Anton won several awards at university including Best Final Year Acting Student, and the Mark Graham Award for Best Student Director for Womanize, which appeared at the Theatre on the Bay. He was then nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
Anton has musically directed, composed songs for, and performed in numerous cabarets, which include SiMan and GIRLfunkel, 3D on Broadway, Blue Moves ­ A tribute to Elton John, Love Me-Thrill Me-Kiss Me and Mercury ­ the Music of Queen. He has most recently been seen in Bedside Manners (with Rex Graner) and the critically acclaimed, Offbeat Broadway, which has toured extensively. Television appearances include Skotteljons, alongside Nataniel, and Gwen¹s aerobic instructor in Penguin Films¹, Madam and Eve!

Karabo Maithufi ­ Pouncival
Was born in Botswana and started dancing at the age of eleven, doing ballroom and Latin American dance. He won the South African Youth Latin title and went overseas to further his studies in dance. He studied at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and was introduced to contemporary and ballet. He turned down a full scholarship to NY University to see if he had a chance in the dance industry ­ so far he has no regrets. One of his most exciting moments was when he was introduced to Nina Simone at Sun City.

Clinton Meneses ­ Alonzo
Grew up in Natal, learning ballet and Spanish dance in private studios from a young age. After school he attended the UCT (University of Cape Town) School of Dance from 1994-1996, graduating with a Teacher¹s Diploma in Ballet. Clinton then joined Cape Town City Ballet dancing various roles and then began moving into musicals and cabaret. He moved to Johannesburg in 2001, and then moved straight back to Cape Town to answer the Cats call.

Kerryn O¹Donnell ­ Exotica
Kerryn graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music. Having studied all aspects of musical theatre, Kerryn has performed The Magic Flute for Opera Australia, She Loves Me, Mame & Music Man - playing Mrs Squires for The Production Company, and A Portrait of Love for Leonardo Productions. In 1998 & 99 Kerryn understudied and performed the role of Magnolia in Showboat for Livent. In 2000 Kerryn joined the touring company of Cats appearing as Jemima and on occasion as Jellyoram & Jennyanydots. Kerryn has also released her solo CD "What More Do I Need?" which is available at Kerryn¹s other passion is swing dancing.

Pierre van Heerden ­ Bill Bailey
Born and bred in Capetonian, Pierré started singing at the age of three, when he appeared in various touring shows. In his teens, he competed in both local and national singing competitions. After school he started working in the family business, but left after five years to pursue a stage career. He is completing his training in jazz and tap dancing, as well as drama and musical theatre at the Waterfront Theatre College. Cats are his first professional engagement.

Robin van Wyk ­ Mr Mistoffelees
Was born in Pieterrmaritzburg. He received tertiary ballet training at the UCT (University of Cape Town) School of Dance. He joined NAPAC Dance Company in 1990, moving to PACT Ballet in 1991. He joined Cape Town City Ballet in 1997, where he is presently a principal dancer. Most recent roles danced include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Immortal One in Christipher Kindo¹s Firebird, Franz in Jean-Paul Comelin¹s, Coppélia, Robin was awarded the Cape Town FNB Vita Award for Most Promising Choreographer. He is currently studying Checchetti Teaching Method. He has also been the recipient of awards from Nederburg, FNB and Dalro.

Paul Warwick Griffin ­ Rum Tum Tugger (except in Norway)
Has an extensive list of theatre credits to his name, not only as an actor, but also as a director and a producer. His most recent musical theatre highlights include national tours of the record breaking Queen at the Opera, and The Rocky Horror Show, in which he won widespread critical acclaim, as well as a Vita nomination, for his performance as Frank N Furter. Others include both the original and return seasons of Hair, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof and Evita ­ his performance as Che Guevara winning him a Vita Award. His memorable performance as both Jesus and Judas in two seasons of the highly acclaimed Jesus Christ Superstar for Artscape, garnered him another Vita Award in 1998. Paul recently completed a tour of All This I Know ­ the Music of Brel and Piaf. Performances on the drama stage include A Midsummer Night¹s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, ŒTis Pity She¹s a Whore, The Madness of George III, The Visit and Macbeth. Paul has also performed with Jazzart Dance Theatre and his recording work includes the original cast recordings of Follies Panache, queen at the Opera and The Rocky Horror Show Silver Jubilee Album.

Nastassia Zealand ­ Tantomile
Nastassia Zealand completed her studies at the Pretoria Technicon in 2002, while there she danced at Klein Karoo National Festival, the Aids Benefit 2000, Oppikoppie 2001 and had the opportunity to perform with the State Theatre Ballet Company in productions La Sylphide and Sleeping Beauty. Nastassia has danced in two music videos for the group Eden and for South African singer, Elle. Other credits include the 2002 Miss South Africa awards with Bianca Lira Melanie and Nicole and the role of Annie in the musical Annie. Nastassia is excited to join the International Touring Company of Cats.

Andrew Lloyd Webber ­ Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber is composer of theatre works Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jeeves (later reworked as By Jeeves), Evita, Variations and Tell Me on a Sunday (later combined as Song & Dance), Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, and The Beautiful Game. He has composed music for the films Gumshoe and The Odessa File, additional music for the film of Evita, and a Requiem (a setting of the Latin Requiem Mass.) His other theatre productions include Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, both Olivier Award winners, and he produced the musical Bombay dreams in London on 2002. He is sole owner of the Really Useful Group whose management, in addition to producing his own work, is active in developing and producing the works of other writers. The Really Useful Group is co-owner of Really Useful Theatres, London¹s largest proprietor of West End theatres, including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the London Palladium and The Palace. His Awards include six Broadway Tony Awards, three British Grammy Awards, five British Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Music Theatre and the Critics¹ Circle award for Best Musical 2000. He was knighted in 1992 and created a life peer in 1997, becoming The Lord Lloyd Webber of Sydmonton.

T.S Eliot ­ Poet
Thomas Sterns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, on September 26, 1888. He was educated at Harvard, at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Merton College, Oxford. Eliot¹s book of poems, Old Possum¹s Book of Practical Cats appeared in October 1939. ŒPossum¹ was Eliot¹s alias among his friends. His ther works include; Sweeney Agonistes, The Rock, Murder in the Cathedral, The Family Reunion and Four Quartets. Eliot received the Order of Merit in January 1948 and in the autumn of the same year was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Among many other honours and distinctions he was an Officier de la Legion d¹Honneur. T.S Eliot died in London in January 1965. There is a memorial to him in Poet¹s Corner, Westminister Abbey, beside Tennyson and Browning.