All about C.A.T.S and our heritage
C.A.T.S. originated from the Carlos Players, which were formed in the 1930's in Cheadle. The Carlos Players performed at the local church hall, known as the Carlos Institute. In 1974, the institute was demolished and the group moved their performances to the Lecture Theatre at Cheadle High School. The group then changed its name to 'Cheadle Amateur Theatrical Society' or 'C.A.T.S.' as we are now known. Over the years, we have built up a reputation for our award-winning performances and attract our membership both from the local area and also from further afield.
C.A.T.S. now have over 50 members, ranging from 11 years of age to over 70 years. During our productions, Friends of C.A.T.S. who assist back-stage and front of house, swell our numbers to around 70 people. Everyone at C.A.T.S. is a volunteer.
Not only are our members talented actors, singers and dancers, but many are skilled in set design, scenery construction, wardrobe, costume, make-up and publicity. C.A.T.S. is always ready to offer its skills, equipment and support where possible. We support our members by teaching all aspects of putting on a Theatrical Production, including stage and set design, make-up, voice-coaching, stage management, directing, acting, publicity and hospitality.
We also hold evenings for play readings. This gives anyone, who may not be ready to appear on stage, the opportunity to practice their skills. We work as teams to discuss scenery design and build, to learn about appropriate costumes for the era of play and learn how to make an improvise costumes. We provide a safe environment for our younger members to meet and learn.
C.A.T.S. is a member of N.S.D.A. (North Staffs Drama Association) and N.O.D.A. (National Operatic and Dramatic Association). Our Pantomimes and October plays are adjudicated by N.S.D.A. and, over the years, we have received many awards and nominations for our productions. The adjudications also help us to improve our performances and skills.
We have recently built our own modern, purpose-designed storage facility in Cheadle, which will house our scenery, costumes and props all under one roof, making it much easier to transfer sets and equipment to the Cheadle Community Theatre at The Cheadle Academy where we now perform most of our productions.