CATS Rehearsal - Part One by David Johns


CATS rehearsals are in full swing now. What an unbelievable cast! We have 50 people, including 9 little kids who make the most adorable kittens. They all sing their hearts out, most of them dance their tails off (yes, pun intended!) and they all work together to create a phenomenal show. If you follow FMT on Facebook, you’ve seen some pictures and videos of what we are working towards. Trust me, this is a show you are going to want to see. I know CATS doesn’t make a lot of sense to some people, but we’re presenting it in a way that ties what can be a disjointed show together. The singing is incredible (just stay away from the sopranos when they get to their high notes), and the dancing is amazing! If that wasn’t enough, the set is being constructed in a way that will make the entire experience more interactive, involving the audience in a way that draws them in to our story.

For me, because this show is all singing and dancing, I don’t have the typical Stage Manager responsibilities during rehearsals – no line notes, no scene changes to map out, no 15 scenes of blocking to write down, etc. While in some ways that may seem boring, for me, it is an opportunity to refine some of the stuff that I don’t always have time to work on in the middle of a rehearsal run. For example, I have cleaned off my SM station backstage, and it has stayed that way for a week now! (If you’ve been part of a show here, you know what an accomplishment that is!) I’ve also had time to work on some paperwork that will be necessary later on in the show, which hopefully will smooth things out when we get closer to opening night. I’m enjoying the slower pace right now, knowing that it’s not going to last, but that we’ll be ready when it picks back up.

In the meantime, give me some ideas. What do you want to read about? What questions can I answer?

Until next time…


Here We Go... by David Johns


Well, the Sammies are over. That signals the “official” end of the past season at FMT, and the start of the upcoming one – our 25th Anniversary Season. (Yes, there are many of us that have been working on CATS already, but that’s beside the point.)

I’m excited about the new season! We have a great set of productions lined up, with CATS in the fall, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in the spring, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame next summer. Also, after spending the last show on stage, I’ll be happily returning to my “normal” position offstage, supporting our fabulous casts as they work their magic to bring our patrons top quality musical theatre that always guaranteed safe for the entire family. Along the way, I’ll do my best to keep this blog up to date with some behind-the-scenes stuff, funny things along the way, and maybe a little insight in to what it takes to put a production together.

First things first – if you are planning to audition for CATS and have not already signed up through our online audition form, please do so as soon as possible. That allow us to plan for the number of peple that are going to be there each night; plus, we are not planning to have paper audition forms that can be completed the day of, so you will need to have them done online ahead of time. Here is the link to the audition form: For more information about the show and FMT, you can visit the website at