Cats was one of my all-time favorite shows. I saw it on Broadway in 1995 along with three of my best friends and my son, who was 10 at the time. A colleague from work and a student joined us for the week-long jaunt to New York City. We were at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza near Times Square–not necessarily my favorite NYC hotel, but where the conference was at which Gigi and I were presenting. It was a week packed with Off-Broadway (Stomp!) and Broadway, lots of subway rides, a ferry ride, and plenty of shopping, eating, and museums thrown into the mix.
Imagine when I got to Sardis and the Playhouse on August 6 and discovered the last day of the run was August 5! The Panola Playhouse was founded in 1962, and is one of the longest continually running live theaters in Mississippi according to its website. The 150-seat theatre was constructed in 1895 (estimated, according to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resource Inventory). There were two theaters in Sardis–the Pastime or the Sardis (depending upon which resource you believe) and the Tower. This theatre could not have been the Tower, as it had 450 seats in it. It is located on Main Street, in the locally designated Sardis Historic District. Kind of a cool little downtown that you can miss if you don’t leave I-55.