Community Performance Series kicks off season with 'Cats' and 'Anything Goes' in Potsdam
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 8:56 am

POTSDAM -- The Community Performance Series will kick off its 25th season this July with productions of "Cats" and "Anything Goes."

"Cats" will be presented in SUNY Potsdam's new Performing Arts Center from July 7 to 12. The run will feature daily evening performances at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances at 2 p.m. on July 9 and 12.

Andrew Lloyd Webber composed "Cats," which is inspired by the poem "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T. S. Eliot. The first Broadway performance opened at the Winter Garden Theater in 1982, and continued to live up to its motto of playing "now and forever," until 2000, when it closed after 7,485 performances. The Potsdam performance will feature original direction by Donna Drake and choreography by Rhonda Miller, the same creative team who staged the 2013 productions of "Hairspray" and "Little Shop of Horrors." This will be the first production of its size to be staged in SUNY Potsdam's new Performing Arts Center.

"Anything Goes" will be shown in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music from July 22 to 26. There will be evening performances at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on July 26.

"Anything Goes," takes place on the S.S. American, where two unlikely pairs set off on a course to true love, proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Songs include Cole Porter standards, including "I Get a Kick out of You," "It's Delovely" and "Anything Goes."

Since its 1934 debut at the Alvin Theater (now known as the Neil Simon Theater) on Broadway, the musical has been revived several times in the U.S., including the 2011 Roundabout Theater revival, starring Sutton Foster. The musical has been filmed twice, has won three Tony Awards, with seven nominations. Donna Drake will direct the Potsdam performance.

Tickets: 267-2277, www.cps.potsdam.org, from Northern Music and Video in Potsdam. Prices range form $15 to $30, seniors age 62 and up get a discount.

Call the CPS box office for box seats at $40 or $50 each.