The smash-hit musical Cats comes to the prestigious Snape Maltings Concert Hall in May 2020, and we can’t wait for you to join us at the Jellicle Ball!  

We’re now excited to offer a workshop and open auditions on Sunday January 19 to experienced dancers and singers aged 16 and over to join the cast for this original and ambitious amateur production of Cats. The previously announced upper age limit of 21 no longer applies.   

Cats, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot and became a worldwide success when it opened in 1981.

Cats is purrrfect for anyone who loves theatre and performing in a collaborative ensemble where dancing, singing and acting blur together seamlessly as one! 

Staged by the award-winning Co-op Juniors Theatre Company and the creative team behind their recent successes of BarnumPeter Pan – A Musical Adventure and the award winning Christmas Spectacular! at Snape Maltings.

  • Director – Oliver Brett 
  • Musical Director – Jo King
  • Choreography – Lucy Allen

Key show information

Cats will be performed at Snape Maltings Concert Hall for five performances between Friday 22 and Sunday 24 May 2020. Auditionees need to be available for all performances.

Production week will run from 17 May 2020, and a production schedule will be drafted in the new year. However, key rehearsals (listed below) will take place throughout the week and all cast will need to be available.

Peformances are:

  • Friday 22 May 7.30 (arrive 5.30pm)
  • Saturday 23 May 2.30 & 7.30 (arrive 12.30pm)
  • Sunday 24 May 12pm & 4pm (arrive 10am)

Rehearsals at Snape:

  • Tuesday 18 May, Technical rehearsal (arrive 5.30pm)
  • Wednesday 19 May, Dress rehearsal (arrive 5.30pm)

We will not be providing transport to/from Snape. Cast members will need to make their own way to and from Snape Maltings for both the performances and the final at-venue rehearsals (these are listed above).

Age requirements

The new workshop and auditions  on Sunday January 19 are open to anyone anyone aged over 16. 


The Co-op Juniors is a charitable organisation run by volunteers. There will be a show fee for successful auditionees of £100.

Audition information

Workshop and Audition Day – Sunday 19 January from 10am to 1pm at our Ipswich Studios, Paul’s Road, IP2 0AN.  There is parking onsite. Please register below and arrive at 9.30am.


Rehearsals begin on Friday 24 January.

Rehearsals will be on Thursdays 18.30 – 21.00, Fridays 6.30 – 21.30, and Sundays 10.00 – 16.00. Note that cast members may not be called to every rehearsal

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