CPS Opens 25th Anniversary Season with Two Summer Musicals


Community Performance Series will present “Cats” from July 7 to July 12, in SUNY Potsdam’s new Performing Arts Center.

Community Performance Series will kick off its 25th anniversary season this July, with the company's productions of "Cats" and "Anything Goes."

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

"Audiences are going to be bowled over by the high energy leaping, spinning and acrobatics of the dancers in 'Cats.' The performers bringing this tale to life are astounding. It's easy to forget that you are watching people playing cats! There won't be a dry eye in the house when recent Crane School of Music graduate Edith Grossman sings 'Memory,' the song that has become most identifiable with the show," commented CPS Executive Director Amy Flack.

"Anything Goes" continues the CPS summer series in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, from Tuesday, July 22 to Saturday, July 26. There will be daily evening performances at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, 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. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of Cole Porter's most memorable standards, including "I Get a Kick out of You," "It's Delovely" and of course, "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 also direct the Potsdam performance.

CPS summer musical tickets are currently on sale, and can be purchased online at www.cpspotsdam.org, by phone at (315) 267-2277, or at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam. Regular ticket prices range from $15 to $30, with discounts for seniors (age 62 and older) and students/youth (up to age 18). Premium box seats are available for $40 or $50, and can be reserved by calling the CPS Box Office directly.

CPS Producers Club support will continue to be welcomed throughout the summer. Producers Club contributions help ensure the continued production of live theatre performances in Potsdam. To become a member, please call the CPS Box Office at (315) 267-2277.

The Community Performance Series is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. CPS has been in residence at SUNY Potsdam since 1989. For more information, visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam's arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.