KOKOMO, Ind. — The hottest ticket in town this April is admission to the Indiana University Kokomo Crescendos' production of Cats.
In fact, these tickets are so hot, they are gone, and director Rick Alexander is accepting requests to attend dress rehearsal. He also has a waiting list, in case tickets become available to the April 27 and 28 shows.
"I think people are excited to see this show, because nobody in the area has attempted it," Alexander said. "It is a difficult show musically, and then you add in dancing, full make up, and costumes. We are offering a unique cultural experience right here in Kokomo, and it's free."
The show includes nearly 60 IU Kokomo students and community members, with 18 leads.
Jacob Barnes, a junior who plays Mr. Mistoffelees and Quoxa, said the audience is sure to enjoy the show.
"The music is phenomenal, and we have a lot of talented people performing it," he said. "There are also several great dance numbers."
Alexander never anticipated such a response when he started the group three years ago with eight students. About 100 people attended the Crescendos' first show, a far cry from the 800 who will fill Havens Auditorium for each performance of Cats.
Those who want to be on a waiting list for tickets, or to be on a VIP list to attend the dress rehearsal, may contact Cindy Ison, senior lecturer in music, at 765-455-9416 or email@example.com. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28. The dress rehearsal is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26.
Those who miss the show can see the Crescendos performing in the Peru Circus City parade this summer, and the group also will have a summer concert, performing favorites from past shows, including Cats and Les Miserables.
The Crescendos also were invited to perform Handel's Messiah with a mass choir at Lincoln Center in New York City, during Thanksgiving.
Membership in the group is open to students and community members, with no audition. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Havens Auditorium. For more information about the Crescendos, contact Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.