Cabaret (1998 Version)
Produced by : Thorneloe University Department of Theatre Arts and Cambrian College Technical Theatre Program
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
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Join in on the excitement as our MC- the debauched everyman welcomes us into the world of the Berlin Cabaret- where ‘we have no troubles here’. Our dubious MC (played by local performer Pandora Topp) guides us through the story of how a young American writer Cliff Bradshaw is welcomed to Berlin. Cliff travels to Berlin, recognized at the time as being ‘the most permissive of societies’; a ‘mecca for sex tourists’ to find inspiration. He lands in Berlin, immediately makes local friends (Ernst Ludwig- whom he finds out later has political affiliations quite different from his own…) Ernst helps him to find a home in the rooming house of Fraulein Schneider and provides him with a very easy way to make money in hard times. As Cliff settles in- hoping to write his novel- he is immediately distracted by both the girls and the boys at the Kit Kat Club- and when Sally Bowles walks into his life, Cliff is entirely swept up in this unexpected and unlooked for romance with this ‘completely distracting’ Sally Bowles, star performer at the Kit Kat. It is the time of the Great Depression and no one has any money; Cliff and his friends seem to be barely scraping by- but by what means?
And….this new political party which is on the rise? What does this new reality mean to the lives of Cliff and Sally, Fraulein Schneider and her friend Herr Shultz- or indeed for any of the folks at the Cabaret? The world is changing faster than anyone can recognize.
Co-produced with Cambrian College Technical Theatre Program, Cabaret, the first musical to be presented in over ten years at Thorneloe, will certainly be one of its most ambitious productions to date. The production will be directed by Thorneloe’s Patricia Tedford, with Musical Direction by David Buley- heading a live band composed of local musicians on stage. Choreography will be by Janie Pinard (Jesus Christ Super Star, Spring Awakening), Set Design by Bob Ivey, Sound Design by Jean Perras, Lighting by Ken Salah, Video projections by Daniel Jang (Thorneloe).
Performances will feature the Thorneloe theatre students headed by local professional performer, Pandora Topp. Technical theatre students have been charged with stage management, and providing all design and technical support under the guidance of Ken Salah.
This iconic musical, now even more daring in this 1998 version, presents us with some weighty questions. As we enter the Winter Olympics in Russia, where it is not legal to be LGBT and publicly out, we find ourselves asking the age old question: “why can’t the world “Leben and Leben lassen” live and let live?
It is no wonder that Cabaret currently has productions popping up everywhere: Currently a production is running in Toronto, while the New York production is being remounted this spring, and another production is set to open at the Shaw Festival this summer.
They are far away….
But we are so close…It has been so very cold outside…in here ‘the girls are so hot’….So why not “Leave your troubles outside”? Come out, warm up, and enjoy this scintillating Sudbury production of Cabaret.
After all….Life is a Cabaret!
Dates of Run:
Venue: The Ernie Checkeris Theatre in Thorneloe University on the Laurentian University campus
Directions and further information
Ticket Prices in advance:
Students and Seniors: $10
Ticket Prices at the door:
Students and Seniors: $15
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Thorneloe Main Office, in advance at http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cabaret-at-the-kit-kat-club-tickets-9787995157, or at the door
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Director: Patricia Tedford
Musical Director: David Buley
Choreographer: Janie Pinard
Assistant Musical Director/Vocal Coach: Roger Finley
Set Designer: Bob Ivey
Lighting Designer: Ken Salah
Video Projection: Daniel Jang
Sound Designer: Sean Perras
Sound Engineer: Michael T. Ricketts
Costume Designer: Kristina Maitland
Props: Meghan Lapointe
Dance Captain: Sara Savoia
German Coach: Bettina Brockerhoff-Macdonald
Warning: Strong language and mature subject matter
Rating: Adult themes; PG-13
This production is the first musical since 2003 at Thorneloe University