The moments of happiness
We had the experience but missed the meaning
And approach to the meaning restores the experience
In a different form beyond any meaning
We can assign to happiness
The past experience revived in the meaning
Is not the experience of one life only
But of many generations
Not forgetting something that is probably quite ineffable
Working on CATS at Pittsburgh CLO was a fantastic experience. I always love assisting on this piece as well as working with the friends I have made through this work over the last ten years. PCLO provides a first-rate rehearsal experience with excellent resources and support to facilitate the brief period in which to put the show together. The cast was an excellent blend of seasoned professionals and first-timers and I loved seeing the veterans help out the rookies and guiding them through with generosity. Under the expert eye of Richard Stafford, the company blossomed into an elegant and vibrant embodiment of this unique piece.
Walking into the colossal Benedum, one is impressed by the ornate architecture and theatrical history in the air. A theatre is a special place where glory and triumph of the past as well as the thrill and anticipation of what’s to come once the house dims haunt the mind. The opening night of Cats was beautiful, punctuated with frequent bursts of applause from the audience during more virtuosic episodes of dancing as well as Elizabeth Stanley’s sublime interpretation of Memory.
Hearing the venerable Ken Prymus sing the above lyrics from The Moments of Happiness floats the heart and mind into a reflective state. I’m grateful to Richard Stafford for the opportunity to revisit this wonderful piece. It was a joy to be in the rehearsal studio again demonstrating, teaching, and dancing with friends old and new.