Cats performance left the audience purring

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This year’s annual school production ‘Cats’ was a success for Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School students.

Hard work was put in by 33-strong cast , dance and drama teacher, Mrs Millard and music teacher Miss Smith to bring the production to the stage. The school said the effort was ‘well worth it’ to hear the appreciation of the packed audiences over the three nights it was performed.

Head teacher Martyn Taylor said: “The packed audiences were wowed by the sheer professionalism of the whole production. The energy, commitment and talent of the whole ensemble made me proud to be the Headteacher of this wonderful school.”

Mrs Millard added: “I cannot begin to express how proud I am of the students at this school. The cast and production team have worked so hard to create a performance that we can remember for years to come. I feel very privileged to work at a school where the students are so dedicated, committed, talented and incredibly mature.”

This year, six of the regular performers have left school, one of whom, Eleanor Stott, will be going on to Stageworks Theatre School in Huntingdon. But nine up-and-coming new students joined the cast for Cats and all gave well-received performances, particularly Lydia Halsackda, who played Buster Jones. Hollie Arnold’s portrayal of Grizabella was said to be so moving that it brought tears to the eyes of many of the audience.