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"Cabaret" in rehearsal for April 19 opening

4/2/2012 —

 

PRESENTED BY PENN STATE PLAYERS
8:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, Forum Theatre

The cast of the spring stage production "Cabaret" is currently in rehearsal at Penn State New Kensington. The three shows performed by the Penn State Players are set for 8 p.m. April 19-21 in the campus' Forum Theatre.

Bill Mitas directs the musical that is based on the John Van Druten play. It is set in 1929 Berlin, at the start of the Nazi Germany, focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer and her relationship with the young American writer.

“After a few revisions, the cast has been finalized, and the students are working hard with lines," said Mitas, adjunct instructor in theatre at the campus. "They will be ready for show time."

The cast includes Chris Capo, Juliann Motosicky, John Bachman, Cindi Debor, John Lutman, Jimmy Baker, Debbie Wojciechowski, Megan Zidek, Katie Houser, Jillian Snoznik, Kaylyn Farneth, Courtney Rockwell, Michael Fiorina, Andrew Sheffler, Daniel Sheffler, Reid Rotzler, Sylean Wilson, Shahara Seimah, Shenieka Wilson, and Michele Alary.

In addition to Mitas, the crew features: George Pecoraro, musical director; Motosicky, choreographer; Angie Mitas, Galyn Mitas and Maria Delvechio, costumes; Katie Houser, dialect coach; Daniel Sheffler and Andrew Sheffler, light design; Lee Herman and Travis Klinger, sound design; Wilson, lighting crew; and Schram, props.

The original 1966 Broadway musical won eight Tony awards including Best Musical and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Joel Grey. The 1972 film adaptation won eight Oscars including Best Actress for Liza Minelli and Best Supporting Actor for Grey.

Tickets for the Forum Theatre production are $7 for students and $10 for the general public and are available by calling 724-334-6032.

 

"CABARET"
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

CAST AND CHARACTERS

CHRIS CAPO: The Emcee
Emcee of the Kit Kat Klub, a leering, ghoulish, flamboyant, figure

JULIANN MOTOSICKY: Sally Bowles
Headlining British singer at the Kit Kat Klub

JOHN BACHMAN: Clifford Bradshaw
An American writer traveling through Berlin

CINDI DEBOR: Fräulein Schneider
An older woman who runs the boarding house where Cliff and Sally live

JOHN LUTMAN: Herr Schultz
An elderly Jewish fruit shop owner who falls in love with Fraulein Schneider

JIMMY BAKER: Ernst Ludwig
A German man who befriends Cliff when he arrives in Berlin

DEBBIE WOJCIECHOWSKI: Fräulein Kost
A prostitute who rents in Fraulein Schneider's boarding house

MEGAN ZIDEK, KATIE HOUSER: LuLu, Rosie

JILLIAN SNOZNIK, KAYLYN FARNETH, COURTNEY ROCKWELL: Fritzy,Texas, Helga
Girls who perform alongside Sally at the Kit Kat Klub

ANDREW SHEFFLER, DANIEL SHEFFLER, ANDREW LEE: Bobby, Victor, Herb
The Cabaret boys of the Kit Kat Klub (Bobby and Victor are twins)

ANDREW SHEFFLER, DANIEL SHEFFLER: Sailors #1 and #2
Fraulein Kost's sailors

REID ROTZLER: Nazi Guard
Ernst's bodyguard at the Kit Kat Klub

SYLEAN WILSON: Max
Owner of the Kit Kat Club

SHAHARA SEIMAH, SHENIEKA WILSON, MICHELE ALARY, DEBBIE WOJCIECHOWSKI
DEBBIE WOJCIECHOWSKI, SYLEAN WILSON: Kit Kat Klub Patrons/Chorus

CREW

Director: WILLIAM R. MITAS
Musical Director: GEORGE PECORARO
Dialect Coach: KATIE HOUSER
Choreographer: JULIANN MOTOSICKY
Costumes: ANGIE MITAS, MARIA DELVECHIO
Light Design: DANIEL SHEFFLER, ANDREW SHEFFLER
Sound Design: LEE HERMAN, TRAVIS KLINGER
Lighting: SYLEAN WILSON, MYQUAN HARRIS-MOORE
Props: LAUREN SCHRAM
Set: MYQUAN HARRIS-MOORE, DANIEL SHEFFLER, ANDREW SHEFFLER,
LEE HERMAN, TRAVIS KLINGER, SYLEAN WILSON

 

PLOT OUTLINE

"Welcome to the Cabaret," sings the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club through painted lips, as the people of Berlin 1929 join him. Both versions of this show follow the same story and share most songs. Musical numbers exclusively in the Original 1967 version include "Meeskite" and "Why Should I Wake Up?" Numbers only in the Revised 1987 version include "I Don't Care Much," "Don't Go" and "The Money Song". Both versions include "Willkommen," "Perfectly Marvelous," "Sitting Pretty," "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," "Cabaret"," Don't Tell Mama," "It Couldn't Please Me More," and "Two Ladies."

Heading for Berlin in a railway compartment is Clifford Bradshaw, a young, impoverished American writer who has been roaming Europe in an increasingly frantic search for the inspiration for novel number two. He is joined by Ernst Ludwig, an attractive young Berliner who appears to be in the smuggling business. When Cliff inadvertently helps him, Ernst gratefully gives him the name of a lively rooming-house in Berlin. It is Fraulein Schneider's house. She rents Cliff a room for half its usual price. She shrugs her shoulders. She's lived through so much-nothing is that important-"So What?" Cliff takes out his typewriter. But it's New Year's Eve. Ernst has mentioned a cabaret called the Kit Kat Klub. At the moment it seems much more inviting than the typewriter.

The Kit Kat Klub is a cross-section of Berlin night-life: thronged with fat, middle-class Germans-prostitutes-homosexuals-the flotsam and jetsam of a doomed city. As Cliff enters, the Emcee introduces Sally Bowles, a young English girl. As Sally sings "Don't Tell Mama," it becomes apparent that her voice is not the main reason for her employment. Max, the club owner, keeps looking at her in a proprietary fashion. But Sally is looking at Cliff.

Sally arranges to meet Cliff. He invites her home, but she refuses-explaining that, "Max is most terribly jealous."

The next day Sally suddenly appears in Cliff's room with her baggage. Max has thrown her out. Can she stay with Cliff? Cliff finally agrees-"Perfectly Marvelous."

The Emcee and two frauleins indicate that everybody in Berlin lives with somebody-"Two Ladies"

Fraulein Schneider is being courted by Herr Schultz, a widower who lives in her house. He is Jewish and the owner of a fruit shop, from which he brings her a costly pineapple-"It Couldn't Please Me More."

Months pass. Cliff is getting nowhere with his novel-but enjoying life with Sally-"Why Should I Wake Up?" But Sally is pregnant. Cliff is upset-then happy. Ernst arrives to offer him a job smuggling a briefcase into Germany. Needing the money, Cliff accepts.

Everyone in Berlin earns money in strange, illegal ways-the Emcee announces in "The Money Song."

Fraulein Kost, a prostitute, discovers that her landlady, Fraulein Schneider, is having an affair with Herr Schultz. Herr Schultz announces they are to be married in three weeks-"Married." Sally arranges an engagement party at the fruit shop.

Cliff arrives at the party with the smuggled suitcase. He hesitantly gives it to Ernst, who wears a swastika arm-band. Herr Schultz, rather drunk, sings a Yiddish-type song, "Meeskite." Ernst decides to leave, but Fraulein Kost lures him back by singing a Nazi song, "Tomorrow Belongs to Me." When all the guests join in exultantly, the party suddenly turns sour.

The Emcee and Kit Kat Girls do a Rockette routine which turns into a goose-step.

Fraulein Schneider breaks her engagement to Herr Schultz. She is afraid the Nazis will come to power-"What Would You Do?"

The Emcee echoes her predicament. He's in love with a female gorilla-"If You Could See Her."

Cliff decides to take Sally home to America. Berlin is not going to be any place to raise a family. But Sally refuses. She loves Berlin and her life there-"Cabaret." They have a savage argument. Sally disappears, returning the next day. She's had an abortion. Heartbroken, Cliff prepares to leave alone, secretly hoping she will join him in Paris. But Sally informs him she's always hated Paris. Cliff sadly closes the door behind him. In the train, Cliff begins to write about Sally and the people of Berlin as, in his memory, they surround the compartment-singing, dancing, living on the toboggan that led to the Third Reich.

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