CABARET

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(1998 Version)

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander   Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Co-directed and Choreographed by Rob Marshall
Directed by Sam Mendes

 Director: Joey Murray   Music Director: Josh D. Smith*  Choreographer: Susan Lamontagne

October 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, & 31 at 7:30 pm
October 23 & 30 at 4:00 pm
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

Tickets: $30 Adults | $28 Seniors & College Students | $17 Kids (17 & under)
**Pentangle Members $25** (Call the Pentangle office at 802-457-3981)

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Cabaret takes place from 1929-1930, a time when Berlin, in the midst of a Post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance. As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent; Ernst, Cliff’s first German friend, turns out to be an up-and-coming member of the Nazi Party, and Herr Schultz, a fellow boarder at Fraulein Schneider’s guest house (and Schneider’s fiancée), is the victim of an Anti-Semitic hate crime. When he finds out that Sally is pregnant, Cliff decides that they must leave for America at once, before things get any worse. Sally, afraid, confused, and unsure that she’ll ever really be able to trade the sexy, illicit cabaret lifestyle for motherhood, gets an abortion, and tells Cliff that he must leave without her. With a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation and a score featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds “the mirror up to nature.”

The musical Cabaret may be one of the most iconic pieces in the American musical theatre cannon. With script by Joseph Masteroff and a score written by John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago), it has become a part of our cultural vocabulary. However, most are not aware that the source material for Cabaret starts with the stories of English writer Christopher Isherwood. Published in 1939, Isherwood’s Goodby to Berlin tells the semi-autobiographical story of his time in Berlin during the decline of the Weimar Republic and a rising Nazi Party. One of the more popular stories in the novella was that of Sally Bowles. Loosely based on Isherwood’s friend Jean Ross whom he met during his time in Berlin, Sally is an English girl who is an aspiring actress and a singer at a cabaret. While not the most talented of performers, Isherwood created a gritty character with an endearing charm . After a failed attempt by friends Speed Lamkin and Gus Fields to dramatize Isherwood’s stories, English playwright Jon van Druten wrote I Am a Camera which opened in New York in November 1951 starring Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. The title of which was taken from a quote on the first page of the Isherwood book, “I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking”. The play was a critical success leading Harris to recreate her Tony award winning performance in the unsuccessful 1955 film adaptation. In 1963 famed producer/director Hal Prince fought for the rights to van Druten’s play and started work on Isherwood’s stories, turning them into the musical it has come to be known today. (credit: Joseph Guarino)

CAST LIST

Sally Bowles: Nicolette Hart*
Emcee: Joey Calveri*
Fraulein Kost/Kit Kat Girl Fritzie/Chanteuse: Tesha Buss*
Fraulein Schneider: Kim Meredith 
Herr Schultz: Mike Backman 
Clifford Bradshaw: Rob Brinkmann 
Ernst Ludwig: Collen Doyle 
Kit Kat Girl Lulu: Rebecca Frazier
Kit Kat Girl Texas: Elise Ballard
Kit Kat Girl Helga: Iva Wich
Kit Kat Girl Rosie: Kat Eichler
Kit Kat Girl/Patron: Katie Kitchel
Kit Kat Girl Frenchie and Gorilla: Sarah Treanor
Kit Kat Boy Hans/Rudy, a sailor: Nate Hinson
Kit Kat Boy Bobby: Anthony Wright
Kit Kat Boy Herman/Customs Official/Max: James Oblak

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States*

*Musical Director is a member of the American Federation of Musicians*

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