‘Cats’ made memories at MVRHS this weekend

‘Cats’ made memories at MVRHS this weekend

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Photos by Meg Higgins

Updated 3:30 pm February 18, 2014.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s production of “Cats” had community members clawing to get in the doors of the Performing Arts Center on the evenings of Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14, and the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 16. A performance scheduled for 7:30 pm on Saturday, Feb. 15 was rescheduled for 2 pm on Monday, Feb. 17 due to Saturday’s snowstorm.

A talented cast of MVRHS students, adorned in sleek fur costumes, shone brighter than the moon in the junkyard set of the 18-song musical. The lyrics, based on poems from T.S. Eliot’s 1939 book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” introduce the varied personalities of the “jellicle cats” who are awaiting their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to select which cat will be reborn on the “Journey to Heaviside Layer.”

The competitive atmosphere that ensues in the plot allowed a deep bench of MVRHS soloists and ensembles to show off their distinctive voices and characters in a performance that will not soon be forgotten.

Others involved in the production included stage director Betsy Hauck, conductor Abigail Chandler, makeup artist Katie Feeks, musical director Jan Wightman, and the choreography team of Lucas Amarins, Michelle deGeofroy, Lianna Loughman, Lily Lubin, Sophia Nelson, Sam Permar, and Alexis Willett.

For more on “Cats,” read Gwyn McAllister’s story “‘Cats:’ the fine tuned, purring engine of a production starts Thursday.”

This article was updated to include additional members of the choreography team.


  1. This looks like it was a professional production! Wish I’d been there to watch all you talented kids perform! Go MVRHS!

  2. I am over-the-moon proud of our students and even got a little emotional remembering my own days in high school theatre. Bravo mille fois!

  3. The Performing Arts Department at MVRHS would like to thank our audiences for being so supportive and appreciative of the hard work put in by so many people to create this production. When so many other communities are neglecting the arts in schools, we are proud to see such widespread public embrace of the arts here on the island. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  4. Congratulations to Director Betsy Hauck, Musical Director Janis Wightman, Choreographer Lianna Loughman, Conductor Abigail Chandler, Band Conductor Michael Tinus & Technical Director Charlie Esposito! What a lucky Performing Arts Center to have such a fabulous team! Wish I could have been there…Miss you guys so much!

    I was so impressed to hear, as far away as I am, what an Exceptional Production this was! Betsy Hauck & Janis Wightman have taken direction to a stellar level and continue to promote the student-focused community collaborative efforts of production that the MVRHS Performing Arts Department has prided itself on for years. I hope every one knows what a gift these two women and the Performing Arts Department Team are to the Vineyard Community. I for one feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to work with them for so many years, and miss them every day!

    Kudos & Love to all of the students and staff who created this beautiful production!