MARION -- Barb Segretario and her family have been immersed in the theater scene here in southern Illinois for years.
Given that fact, it should come as no surprise to those taking in this weekend's Skyline Creek Productions staging of the iconic Andrew Loyd Webber musical "CATS" that it is a first-class production.
Performances are set for the Marion Cultural and Civic Center.
Producers Barb and Gary Segretario, along with Director/ Music Director/ Conductor Derek Hamblin, and Choreographers Lori Eisenhauer-Ellis and Will Heisner, and an extremely talented technical crew of makeup artists, costume designers, costume makers, stage managers, set builders and other support staff are offering area residents the opportunity to enjoy musical theatre at a very high level.
"This is probably among the finest shows I've had the pleasure to be associated with here," Segretario said.
"The choreography is stunning. The music is inspiring and the costumes and makeup are on a par with almost anything you'll see outside of Broadway. We even have a 17-member pit orchestra. We have over 30 cast members who come from all over Southern Illinois, ranging in age from 14 to adulthood."
Among those in lead roles are Keisha Rafe from Herrin, Diane Teavau, Herrin, Kyle Upchurch, Benton, Bentley Sherrad, Herrin and Eisenhauer-Ellis also from Herrin.
Hamblin has a lot on his plate both directing and conducting. When asked what has challenged him the most with this production compared to the many others he's been involved in, he laughed, "I'm not a dancer!"
Tickets for the show are $15 apiece for all seats and for all times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Curtain times in the evening performances are 7:30, and the Sunday matinee is set for 2 p.m.