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Homecoming 2017: The Cats are Back!


Homecoming 2017 will take place Oct. 19-22, featuring favorite events as well as new traditions, including tailgating and the first Homecoming game in the new Wildcat Stadium. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s long-running musical CATS will be this year’s Homecoming Musical.
Among highlights of the weekend:

  • On Friday, visitors may have the chance during 2-3:30 p.m. to tour Wildcat Stadium between 2-3:30 p.m. The carnival starts at 5 p.m., with food trucks and inflatables for kids, and Homecoming Candlelight Devo in the Beauchamp Amphitheatre begins at 8:15 p.m.
  • On Saturday, the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Then head over to Chapel in Moody Coliseum at 10:45 a.m.
  • After Chapel, you’ll walk right into Wildcat Country Tailgating on the Campus Mall.Enjoy the experience – including cheering for the ACU football team during its Wildcat Walk at noon and watching the Big Purple Band perform at 1:45 p.m.  until the 2:30 p.m. game against Southeastern Louisiana at Wildcat Stadium.
  • Fireworks will conclude Saturday evening’s events beginning at 9:15 p.m. at Faubus Fountain Lake.
  • On Sunday, visitors are invited back to campus to enjoy brunch in the World Famous Bean from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost is only $5 a person.

See the complete schedule.
A few tickets are still available for ACU Theatre’s performances of CATS at the Abilene Civic Center. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals and international phenomenon, CATS is based on T.S. Eliot’s collection of poems in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music featuring iconic songs such as “Memory” and “Old Deuteronomy.”
Jeremy Varner (’10) is returning to his alma mater to direct and choreograph this year’s musical. Varner, who has starred in two productions of CATS as a professional actor in Atlanta, says the musical is one that transcends the Broadway bubble as a synergistic combination of dancing, singing and spectacle that allows the audience to suspend their disbelief for an other-worldly experience.
Tickets can be purchased online at, at the box office, or by calling 325-674-ARTS (2787).