Last Sunday, LA’s Belasco Theatre hosted A CATbaret! – A Musical Celebration of the Alluring Feline produced by and benefitting Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, Los Angeles’ premiere non-profit doing street cat rescue.
The musical revue of cat-themed songs regaled the audience with feline-fueled classics from bluesy “Black Cat Bone” to hoppin’ “Stray Cat Strut.”
Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer received the CATS IN WHITE SPATS Award for animal activism, presented by Battlestar co-stars Edward James Olmos and James Callis. Host Fred Willard (Modern Family) brought the house down. A CATbaret also included Lori Allen (Spongebob Squarepants); Keith David (Cloud Atlas); Kelley Jakle (Pitch Perfect); Shelley Regner (Pitch Perfect); Olesya Rulin (High School Musical); Drew Seeley (Love Struck); and Nicole Sullivan (Mad TV); celebrity choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon and the So You Think You Can Dance dancers Witney Carson, Jordan Cassanova, Janelle Issis, Tiffany Maher, Jasmine Mason, Ryan Ramirez and Will Thomas. Celebrity guests included Nikki Deloach (Awkward), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets World), and magician Paul “Fig” Fegen.
At the after party, cast, sponsors and guests enjoyed desserts and kitty-themed cocktails including: “Milk Saucer” (Cruzan Rum, Coconut Milk, and pineapple juice); “Ginger Cat” (Jim Beam Bourbon, ginger ale); “Laser Pointer” (Ciroc Berry vodka, soda, grenadine); “Catalina” (xB Sex on the Beach, orange juice), the “Catatonic” (Russian Standard vodka, tonic); and “Belly Rub” (Ciroc Peach vodka, cranberry). DJ Torch spun classic American bebop, roots and r&b standards.
Kitty Bungalow Headmistress Shawn Simons said, “All production costs were underwritten by generous sponsors World’s Best Cat Litter, By Nature, Nature’s Variety, Found Animals, Yohawk Energy and NKLA, so every dollar raised from ticket sales, merchandise and the Prize Puss Raffle goes directly to Kitty Bungalow’s important rescue efforts. Kitty Bungalow raised over $20,000 for this coming year’s rescue work, including expanding their humane education programming.” In-kind sponsors included Ciroc, Jim Beam Brands, Acey Decey Lighting, ATK Audiotek, Bexel, Dazian, EVS, BP Porter; Universal Props; Popchips, Sabra Hummus, Russian Standard Vodka, xB, City Kitchen, Along Came Mary, Frosted, Semi Sweet, Jackson Catering, Stella, Icelandic and Baked It Myself.
Source: PR Newswire