Last Wednesday, I was feeling stunned and dismayed by the results of the presidential election. Aimlessly skimming a newspaper, I saw an advertisement for a show at a local theatre featuring a troupe of cats. Intrigued, I bought two tickets for Sunday night, betting that it would lift our spirits.
How can “The Amazing Acro-Cats” be described? A vaudeville act of amazing feats (or “paws”) of athleticism and artistry? An innovative and ground-breaking rock band of superstar cats and a chicken ? A train wreck? All of the above?
In essence, the show was pandemonium. The cats (with names like “Tuna” and “Ahi”), a ground hog and a chicken ( “Cluck Norris”) performed circus tricks amid chaos. Except when they didn’t feel like it. So Lola, the star shown in the Feature Image above, refused to come down from the high platform, despite all manner of entreaty from the trainer who was standing precariously on a tilted chair. To the great amusement of the audience, Lola perched on high for almost fifteen minutes. Other cats would do a trick, e.g. ride in a little car, balance on a ball and then, feeling naughty, would take off running wildly through the audience.
My favorite kitty is shown in the center below, playing the drums in this photo of the “Rock Cats.” He just sat there and played the drums with his tiny paws, banging away and never stopping. Cutest little performer.
We sat in the back of the sold-out theatre, full of every kind of young and old cat lover. I tried to capture the feeling of the evening through my photos, and snapping photos through the crowd was part of the fun. The Amazing Acro-Cats show brought happiness to a somber week.
(Make sure to click on the Gallery below to see the full photos!)