The Second Act
For most theatre groups, this is the time of year that they get started on the second half of their season. Like the school year, they start in the fall and stage one or two shows before the end of the year.
Now it's time to start the second act of their season, so it's time for auditions and rehearsals. Since it takes four to 10 weeks from auditions to the first performance to get a show ready (depending on how complex it is and how much rehearsal time you have available), you'll start seeing shows sometime in late February or March.
"CATS" is already way ahead of the game - because it's such a dance-intensive show, they had auditions months ago, and have already held several dance rehearsals. If you'd like to be involved in a show, keep your eyes open - those audition notices should be showing up in the paper anytime now (and I'll try to mention them here, too).