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Release: Nov. 19, 1999

(NOTE TO EDITORS: This story can be used as a sidebar to the news release about the ‘Cats’ run at Hancher, or as a separate hometown news story. Included in this release is a list of the schools that have already signed up for the ‘Cats’ workshops. Additional sign-ups are anticipated before the events. If you received only this release, you can access the ‘Cats" release on the World Wide Web through <>.)

'Cats' costumes, make-up, dancing will be focus of ICN workshops

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The return of the mega-musical "Cats" to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium Dec. 7-12 has provided the subject for the auditorium’s most ambitious statewide educational program on the Iowa Communication Network (ICN). More than 50 schools from all parts of Iowa will participate in the live, interactive workshops through the state fiber-optic network.

In addition to the students linked electronically to the workshops, students from Iowa City High School, West Branch High School and Fisher Elementary School in Marshalltown will be in the auditorium as on-site participants. The public is invited to view the workshops free of charge. Entry is through the main lobby doors of Hancher.

The ICN workshops will be presented in hour-long Dec.10 morning and afternoon sessions, each with three workshops occurring simultaneously -- "How to Move Like a Cat," "Make-up for Cats" and "What’s a Cat to Wear?" The workshops will feature cast members as well as professional touring staff of the production’s wardrobe and make-up departments. Ten schools will participate interactively with each workshop, while other schools observe through a "view-only" ICN connection.

The ICN is the nation’s only statewide public fiber-optic network, which provides citizens in all parts of the state with real-time, interactive audiovisual access to the state’s educational, informational, political and legal resources. The ICN is now accessible at more than 600 sites in Iowa.

With equipment acquired through a grant from US West, Hancher has been providing interactive educational activities through the ICN for four years, featuring visiting artists including Wynton Marsalis, the Canadian Brass, the Children’s Theatre Company, Bobby McFerrin, cast members of "Annie" and the Colorado Quartet. More than 5,000 elementary, middle and high schools have participated in Hancher’s ICN activities at more than 130 sites.

The "Cats" workshop have been made possible through IPTV, Sponsors for Hancher’s ICN events include John and Ellen Buchanan and the Iowa Arts Council.

For additional information about the "Cats" workshops, or Hancher’s ICN activities in

general, contact Michelle Coleman by phone at 319-335-0009, or by e-mail at <>.

Tickets for "Cats" are available through the Hancher Auditorium box office, 319-335-1160, or toll-free in Iowa and Illinois, 1-800-HANCHER. For information about UI arts events, visit <> on the World Wide Web.


ADEL: Adel High School, 20 students (Claudia Mestdagh)

ALGONA: Lucia Wallace Elementary, 26 students (Diane Kleineweber)

ARMSTRONG: Armstrong-Ringstead High School, 20 students (Katie Erickson)

ATLANTIC: Atlantic Middle School, 62 students (Amy O’Neil, Chris Hester, Cindi Metzger)

BEDFORD: Bedford Elementary School, 19 students (Debbie Powell)

Bedford High School, 12 students (Carl Rankin)

BETTENDORF: Paul Norton Elementary School, 24 students (Doris Sandvick)

CARROLL: Carroll High School (Yvonne Fielder)

CEDAR FALLS: Price Lab School, 75 students (Linda Sharp, Annette Swan, Brar Heitzman)

CEDAR RAPIDS: Four Oaks, 20 students (Mark Rooy, Bridget Pohlman)

Kennedy High School, 25 students (Robert Assink)

CENTRAL CITY: Central High School, 20 students (M. Powell)

CHARITON: Chariton High School, 9 students (Genny Altenhofen)

CLARINDA: Clarinda High School 70 students (Ann Hitt)

CLINTON: Horace Mann, 9 students (Tammy Holcomb)

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Thomas Jefferson High School, 24 students (John Gibson)

DAVENPORT: Jefferson Edison Elementary (Robert Reppert)

DES MOINES: Cornell Elementary School, 50 students (Lori Bowman, Lori Waddell)

Hoover High School, 100 students (Denis Hildreth)

DONNELLSON: Central Lee Community Schools, 25 students (Deanna Lind)

DUBUQUE: Dubuque Senior High School, 30 students (Fran Hedeman)

Irving School, 27 students (Brenda Janco)

ELDON: Cardinal High School, 20 students (Mrs. Horn)

ELGIN: Valley School, 25 students (Janet Helgerson)

ELKADER: Central School, 30 students (Kathy Ruhser)

EXIRA: Exira High School, 40 students (Sheila Subbert)

FARMINGTON: Harmony Middle School, 34 students (John Grunwald)

FORT MADISON: Fort Madison High School, 90 students (Kathy Neff, Linda Holland, Jane Sanford)

FOREST CITY: Forest City High School, 11 students (Scott Bertelsen)

GARNER: Garner-Hayfield High School, 33 students (Linda Hanson)

GEORGE: George Community School, 12 students (Marcia Rosenboom)

GOWRIE: Prairie Valley High School, 30 students (Alan Greiner)

KEOSAUQUA: Van Buren Schools, 21 students (Connie Little)

LUVERNE: LuVerne Community School, 55 students (Barbara Holmes)

MANCHESTER: West Delaware Middle School, 23 students (Jason Levenhagen, Jennifer Cassut)

MAXWELL: Bondurant-Farrar School, 40 students (Kathy Piller)

MILLERSBURG: Deep River-Millersburg CSD, 35 students (Gwen Bower, Chris Montross)

MORAVIA: Moravia Community School, 20 students (Mrs. Heffron)

MOVILLE: Woodbury Central Community School, 150 students (Marlin Jeffers, Denise Heiman, Lavelle Fisher, Jan Murray, Janelle Fisher, Mike Kobliska)

ORIENT: Orient-Macksburg Community School, 16 students (Vivian Leonard)

OSKALOOSA: Oskaloosa Senior High (Randy Wright)

PACKWOOD: Pekin Community School, 52 students (Terri Reneker)

PARKERSBURG: Aplington-Parkersburg High School, 20 students (Shelly Schaufele)

WAUKEE: Waukee Middle School, 25 students (Sarah Schaeffer)

WEBSTER: Webster City Middle School, 20 students (Susan Stock)

WEST DES MOINES: Valley Southwoods Freshman High School, 20 students (Kelly Diller)

WINTHROP: East Buchanan Community School, 60 students (Linda Moore)