AUBURN – Step into the Kit Kat Klub and hear the music play as Auburn University Theatre in the College of Liberal Arts continues its 2011-2012 season with Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret,” Feb. 23 through March 3, on the mainstage of the Telfair Peet Theatre.
The show runs Feb. 23-25 and Feb. 28-March 3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.auburnuniversitytheatre.org, or by phone at (334) 844-4154. Tickets are free for students and $15 for the general public.
Set in 1931 Berlin during the dawn of the Nazi regime’s rise to power, “Cabaret” takes place in the seedy and decadent Kit Kat Klub where patrons and performers gather nightly to escape the growing turmoil that grips the country.
“‘Cabaret’ for me is like an approaching storm,” said director Chase Bringardner. “It starts off with the slightest hint of what’s to come, a few drops of rain here and there and by the end you are in the middle of a thunderstorm, lightning crashing, thunder clapping, and you have no idea how you got there.”
The Kit Kat Klub’s ghostly and flamboyant Emcee sets the scene as English headliner Sally Bowles falls in love with American writer Clifford Bradshaw. Meanwhile, German boardinghouse owner Fräulein Schneider’s relationship grows with Jewish fruit vendor Herr Schultz. Their relationships, as well as the lives the Berliners have known, are threatened by the impending Nazi uprising. The exciting yet dark musical features Broadway classics such as “Cabaret,” “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” and “Willkommen.”
“The show deals explicitly with the ways society often turns a blind eye to the world around them, constructing imaginary realities, cabarets and fantasy worlds, that block out reality,” said Bringardner. I think ‘Cabaret’ reminds us of the lessons history continues to teach: the past is never past. Through the character of the Emcee, the past reveals itself onstage for this specific contemporary audience.”
“Cabaret” features set and lighting design by Fereshteh Rostampour, costume design by Tracy Oleinick, sound design by junior Gary Castriota, choreography by Jeri Dickey and music direction by Joseph Bates. Cast members are Paula Bagley, Mallory Barrett, Tyler Baxter, Daley Browning, Blake Burgess, Marcus Clement, Christopher Cromer, Roxanne Gatian, Ashton Hatfield, Jake Heflin, Nic Johnson, Perry Jones, Garrett Keller, Madeleine Koon, Caleb List, Houston Mahoney, Rachel Pair, Sarah-Jean Peters, Christian Rockhill, Emily Rourke, Haley Stevens, Kaye Stucky, David Tourtellotte, AnnaClaire Walker and Ben Young III.
(Contributed by Kelly Walker.)