|Kelly Ann had been a CATS fan since the first time she had seen them on the PBS channel in 1998. From the
very first moment the cats appeared in the over-sized junkyard she was mesmerized by the costumes and makeup. Not to mention the incredible dancing, singing, the music, the lighting and the set; everything about these incredible images fascinated her.
Her mother Mary wasn't immune to the lure of CATS either in fact she was just as fascinated by the show as her daughter was. The day after the PBS airing they
went out and bought the video, then for the next several months the duo watched the movie at least once, if not more, times a day. (Later they got it on DVD as well.)
Then the day finally came when they bought their first computer and since Kelly had been learning about computers in school she jumped on and immediately
typed “CATS the musical” in the search box. In a
flash tons of sites came up and she spend most of
that afternoon checking out as many of the
websites she could.
She couldn't contain her excitement as she learned more and more about the tribe of cats called the Jellicles. The first thing she learned was all of their names, and who was related to whom. She printed out and learned all of the names and words to the songs. Then all of the opening and closing dates of each of the different productions and so on, there was no doubt about it, she was hooked. She wanted to find a way to celebrate her newfound love so she decided that she would start a CATS scrapbook. In her free time after she had finished her homework and the work she and her mother had to do she would hop on the computer and begin printing pictures and bios of all of the different cast members, cast lists, the history of CATS and bits about Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Elliot. Then she bought a copy of “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats”, photo copied the pages and created character pages for each of the cats. And since her and her mother were seamstresses they both became skilled costumers very quickly. But now it was five years later since they had first seen the video and now on the eve of the big night of seeing the show for the first time and neither of them could sleep.
“Do you realize that it's 1:30 in the morning?" questioned Mary in a teasing manner. "We really need to get some sleep."
"But why, it only takes fifteen minutes to drive into Tulsa."
"Well I figured that you might like to get to the theater early so that we can find the stage door and wonder around for a while."
"OH MOM CAN WE???" squealed Kelly Ann.
Mary just laughed, "We can if we get some sleep."
"Okay I'm asleep," laughed Kelly Ann as she plopped
down on her pillow and pretended to be asleep and let out a big snore. They both laughed and hugged each other. Then Mary kissed her daughter's forehead, "Goodnight
my princess, may you have sweet Jellicle dreams."
"Good night Mama, I love you."
"I love you too."
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