Note: As of Friday, April 7, all performances for Cabaret are sold out.
Plymouth State University students will demonstrate that “life is a cabaret” as they perform the famous 1966 musical theatre work, Cabaret April 6 – 9 at the Silver Center for the Arts studio theatre on Main Street in Plymouth.
With book by Joe Masteroff and music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the original Broadway production ran 1,166 performances. Audiences will recognize many familiar songs, including “Wilkomen,” “Money” and of course, “Cabaret.”
Set in Berlin, Germany at the beginning of the Third Reich, the story follows the romance of an English cabaret performer and an American writer. Through the songs of the cabaret’s emcee, the audience witnesses the political changes taking place.
In the surrealistic world of the Kit Kat Klub, everything is beautiful to the narcissistic Sally Bowles (portrayed by sophomore theatre arts major Allison Tess Duhamel of Nashua) and the seductive, sinister emcee (portrayed by Christopher Lukos, a junior theatre arts major from Marshfield, Mass.). This musical story juxtaposes the decadent lifestyle of Berlin’s club crowd with the growing brutality of the Nazi regime.
Cabaret director Kate Arecchi says this is an excellent opportunity for students. “Cabaret is a true musical drama—there are moments of humor, but the core of the show is dramatic. Many of the musicals that are being written today follow in the footsteps of Cabaret, using music and dance to tell a dramatic story. The libretto is very strong, and provides great scene work for the principals. There is a lot of dancing and singing, offering the students the opportunity to work on their skills. The dance in Cabaret is athletic in nature, so many times the ensemble is performing these athletic dance numbers while singing. This takes a stamina that they may not yet have developed.”
Cabaret will be performed with a small combo including piano, acoustic bass, drums and reeds. Charles Stanton is the music director and Don Williams is the conductor and acoustic bass player.
Arecchi says, “I love the complexity of this show. The book writer, composer and lyricists created a show that weaves together the decadent club world with everyday struggles of average people living in Berlin. I love theatre that makes me think and feel, and also entertains. Cabaret does all of these.”
Performances, are April 6 – 8 at 8 p.m., April 8 at 2 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Due to adult themes, the production is recommended for mature audiences only.