Dancer Can Endure Pain of Life as a Cat on Stage

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Dancer Can Endure Pain of Life as a Cat on Stage


DANCING on stage in a lycra unitard and pushing your body to the limits is far from what many would consider the most desirable choice of career.

But when you are cast in the world's most successful musical and get to tour the world you can put up with it.

"It's been great," said Australian performer Sean Rennie, who stars in the Asian touring cast of Cats.

"It's been a fascinating few years; I've been all over Asia and seen some fascinating things."

But it isn't all fancy hotels and rounds of applause when you are appearing in one of the most physically demanding productions in the world.

"It's a given now that every morning when you get out of bed it's a slow crawl to the bathroom," Sean said.

"You get show-fit, but it doesn't seem to stop hurting. I have been doing the show for three years on and off and every time we have a break it is harder to get your body back in shape.

"You always want to push yourself to your limits on stage so if you wake up in the morning and you aren't sore you haven't worked hard enough."

Sean plays the leading role of Munkustrap in the production, the cat who narrates the audience's journey through the Jellicle Ball and the selection of the cat that will make their journey up to the heavyside layer. …

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