[All of the pictures I'm including in this post are from the Acting Out Theater Company's Production]
Seeing Life From A Cat’s Perspective is Thought-Provoking
Don’t Judge A Person (or a Cat) By Its Cover
The most important moral lesson that I believe can be drawn from the story of Cats is one of looking beyond the external to see who a person (or in this case a cat) is on the inside. This is played out in the character of Grizabella. She was once known as the Glamour Cat, but now she is an aging beauty that has roamed the darkest alleys and has become grumpy and bitter because of it. She is feared and rejected by the younger Jellicle Cats, even being barred from the Jellicle Ball. The other cats try to prove themselves worthy of being chosen to be reborn and ascend to the Heavenside Layer, but through it all, it is Grizabella that demonstrates the greatest depth to her character and need to be reborn. The younger cats realize there is more to Grizabella than her outward appearance or grumpy temperament. There was a soul with wisdom that was worn by the long life she had lived.
As a Christian, I believe that we are to remember a few key truths in this matter. Fellow Christians, we are NOT called to judge those that do not commit to our standards of morality or judge anyone based on their outward appearance. One of the biggest problems in this matter is assuming that we should. What we are called to do is listen to them, give them the value they deserve as human beings, and find ways to demonstrate love toward them. I have often found that it’s the stories that I do not to listen to at first are the ones that I most need to hear. This is especially true of the story of people’s lives. Listening to the stories of people’s lives and taking to heart to wisdom (both direct and indirect) within their life stories is a wise practice for anyone, no matter what stage of life you are in yourself. I appreciate how prominently this truth plays out in the story of Cats.
The Concepts of Rebirth and Heaven Are A Little Off-Center
Other Positive Elements
Other Negative Elements
Overall, the play is pretty clean, but I did notice some mild innuendos in the dialogue. One of the cats (Rum Tum Tugger) does some pelvic thrusts during his self-titled intro song. Other than that, I think this play is pretty good and I would even say that it’s OK for kids to see with their parents if you are interested.
Within its fictional setting originally created by T.S. Elliot in his book of poems, the musical Cats is a fun play that takes into the world of felines and reminds you to look past the external to listen to the life story of others. I’m definitely glad I had the chance to see it the way I did and hope that maybe you have learned how to listen for other people’s stories too. And please enjoy this humorous picture of me posing at the Rum Tum Tugger cutout! lol
I am so sorry that I have been unable to write recently. I had problems with my laptop for most of the month of August, and then some internet problems after that. I know that I will be writing more than I did this summer, because I there are some exciting things that have been happening to me that I want to write about soon. Want to know what there are? Well, here’s a brief list:
1) I Made It Into A Production of Mary Poppins!
I am a member of the ensemble for the Kankakee Valley Theater Association’s production of Mary Poppins! This is a big deal to me for a few reasons, but for now I will just say that I am enjoying every minute of be a part of this play! I plan to write a few posts related to Mary Poppins and/or theater in general before our production is done. Stay tuned!
2) I Made It Onto the Launch Team for Jeff Bethke’s New Book!
If any of you remember my list of my top ten Christian books, you might remember that Jeff’s first book, Jesus > Religion, was number one of my list. Now, Jeff is releasing his second book, It's Not What You Think, and I made it onto the launch team! I am a huge fan of Jeff and his work, so I am so excited to get to be on the launch team for this book! I plan to release a review of his book the day it’s to be released (because I get to read it in advance), so stay tuned!