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It's All About the "Cats!"

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A June 2006 trip to Rockford by MCJ graduate

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Quote: It was an evening of food, entertainment, and a special day celebrating seniors. The production of "Cats" was performed.

It's All About the "Cats!"

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Overview

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It was June 11, 2006 that my partner and I were fortunate enough to see the musical, “Cats” with two of our friends. Our local college, Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL, presented it at the Starlight Theatre. The night we went was a very special evening. It was a retirement community called Wesley Willows’ 34th Annual Benefit. Ticket sales and donations that were given that night went to a great charitable cause. The cause is called the “Good Samaritan Fund.” This fund assists residents who have outlived their personal financial resources but are currently residing at the retirement community called Wesley Willows. Most of us remember that “Cats” was a smash hit first on London...Read More

Wesley Willows Dining Services

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As I aforementioned in my overview of this journal, the day my friends, my partner and I went to the musical “Cats,” it was a very special day for seniors. This day at the Starlight, was set aside for celebrating seniors. It was Wesley Willows Corporation’s 34th Annual Benefit for the Good Samaritan Fund. This fund assists residents who have outlived their personal finances. Over one million dollars was used for charitable support of residents at Wesley Willows (retirement community) last year. Part of the pre-show 40th Anniversary Celebration for Wesley Willows( providing a retirement community for seniors for this long) was Wesley Willows having a buffet-style refreshment area for the patron...Read More

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Wesley Willows Dining Services
4141 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, Illinois 61103
(815) 316-1520

Wesley Willows Dining Services

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Restaurant | "Wesley Willows Dining Services, Part II"

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Although you served yourself here, the tables were manned by volunteers and Wesley Willows workers. Whenever the cookie platters needed to be refilled, more cake needed to be cut and put on the plastic, disposable dishes or the picnic tables that we ate on (all had white clothe tablecloths on them) needed to bussed, help was always available. Between the volunteers and the workers of Wesley Willows, the buffet-style setup was a success! These people were courteous! And they provided us guests, with a well-organized buffet-style setup and a clean dining area.Many, many people were enjoying the free refreshments that Wesley Willows provided and proceeds of the ticket sales assisted the Good...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 17, 2006

Wesley Willows Dining Services
4141 N. Rockton Ave.
Rockford, Illinois 61103
(815) 316-1520

Act One of Cats

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Summation of Act OneFirst of all, “Cats”’ is situated in an enormous junkyard. In Act One: When Cats are Maddened by the Midnight Dance, an exceptional kind of cat—the Jellicle cat—is getting together for the yearly Jellicle Ball (Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats). Then the cats talk about the various names for cats (The Naming of Cats). The cats here are meeting to see who will be chosen to go to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn (Invitation to the Jellicle Ball). There are numerous cats who compete for the position to be reborn. Some of these are JennyAnyDots, (The Old Gumbie Cat), The Rum Tum Tugger, Bustopher Jones, and Grizabella. The Old Gumbie Cat sits around all day but...Read More

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Act One of Cats, Part II

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I thought both the storyline and the musical synopsis of the scenes were intriguing. How the cat characters dance, sing and act was remarkable. You would think all of these individuals had played Broadway. They prowled, meowed and hissed their way into your heart. If you didn’t know there was humans in those cat suits, you would think you were home with your feline friend(s). The scenes in act one were compelling too. You had to “catch” who was the main cat in charge (Old Deuteronomy) and who was the cat whom was most hated by the other cats (Grizabella) and needed to redeem itself. Therefore, in my opinion, Grizabella and Old Deuteronomy were the focal characters of Act I. Lastly, I c...Read More

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Act Two of Cats

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Summation of Act TwoAct Two: Why Will the Summer Day Delay--When Will Time Flow Away-- starts out with Old Deuteronomy informing the cats that he will select a cat who “has found meaning to the happiness he or she has experienced” (The Moments of Happiness). Then Jellylorum introduces Gus: The Theatre Cat. This Cat was once a superb actor and he recalls one of his favorite roles in The Ballad of Billy M’Caw. After he is finished with his performance, the next cat that competes is called Skimblesshanks, the Railway Cat. He thinks he operates the train station and keeps it running right. But then the cats are disturbed again and hear a loud crash and leave. As a result of this, Old ...Read More

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Act Two of Cats. Part II

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I thought Act II had a refreshing ending! For me, it was about the cats joining their forces together and setting aside the competition of being chosen to be reborn so they can find Old Deuteronomy. It was also about how one can redeem him or herself and others should accept him or hers metamorphosis. And for everyone to be happy with what they already have in his or her life. My partner and my friends and I, all enjoyed this production immensely. It was so difficult to decide what portion of the production we liked better. I mean, actors, dancers, singers, choreography, costumes, direction, lighting, scenery and orchestra were all outstanding. And I discovered later that this local producti...Read More

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Starlight Theatre

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Anyone would be mesmerized at this stunning architectural building at Rock Valley College. It features a retractable roof and has more than 1,000 seats. You can watch this college’s musicals under the stars in the summer months here. This Theatre is the longest-running summer theatre program in the Rockford, IL area. An average of 35,000 people come to the Rock Valley College campus to view the shows each June and July.This theatre has its humble beginnings. Back in the fall of 1966 a group of Rock Valley College students desired to bring their community to an area by the Spring Brook and Mulford Roads. They thought they could influence the public on appreciating the scenery of their college’s...Read More