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Fairfax Academy Debuts 'Cats' This Weekend

Friday and Saturday evening shows and Saturday and Sunday matinees are offered, including condensed shows with activities for younger audiences.

Fairfax Academy presents 'Cats' the musical, Jan. 17-26. (Courtesy Photo)
Fairfax Academy presents 'Cats' the musical, Jan. 17-26. (Courtesy Photo)

Fairfax Academy students are getting in touch with their feline sides, as they gear up to open their latest musical production, Cats, beginning this Friday, Jan. 17.

Performances will run this weekend and next, Jan. 17-19 and 24-26, at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run in Fairfax City.

Fairfax Academy is one of six high school academies in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) district.

The performance is comprised of students from the Dance and Professional Musical Theater and Actor’s Studio classes, and includes more than 75 FCPS students from 15 different high schools.  A live orchestra will accompany the production.

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, and matinees are presented at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. 

The afternoon shows on Saturdays, Jan. 18 and 25, are a condensed version geared for the Young Artist Series, a program of the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.  During the matinees, there will be special activities, including time with the cast before and after performances.   

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is presented entirely through music and dance, using Eliot’s poems as the text. 

Tickets are available online in advance, or at the door.  


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