March 1, 2017
For Immediate Release
Schreiner University’s drama and music departments’ second annual musical production will be Cabaret, the dark musical about 1931 Berlin that was a smash hit on Broadway in 1966.
The show will be performed March 3-5 in the Hanszen Theater on campus. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Tickets, sold at the door, will be $10 general admission and $5 for students and faculty. Due to adult themes, the show is not recommended for children.
Set as Hitler and the Nazis are rising to power, Cabaret centers around the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub--which serves as a metaphor for the ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany. The primary characters are young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and English cabaret performer Sally Bowles.
A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor, Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the club’s Master of Ceremonies.
With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, the mid-1960s Broadway production was a hit, inspiring numerous subsequent productions in London and New York, as well as the 1972 film by the same name.
The marked contrast between Godspell--last season’s musical built around gospel parables--and Cabaret is intentional, says director Heather Cunningham. “We like to challenge students with hard material and expose them to the classics that have been around for years. Godspell and Cabaret both meet these criteria easily. It is an added bonus that they are so very different, giving the students involved year-to-year a variety of depth.”
Members of the cast are Harley Maldonado as the Master of Ceremonies, Jacob Schreiber as Cliff Bradshaw, Brandi Jean Sander as Sally Bowles, Andrew Cannon as Herr Schultz, Caitlyn Hollifield as Frau Schneider, Griffin Taylor Greene as Frau Kost, and Evan Vera as Ernst.
Members of the ensemble are Lillie Bales, Josh Cisneros, Sam Curry, Mary K. Huerta, Charlotte Mikuls, Reagan Powers, Sarah Robinson, Liliana Russell, and Kaitlyne Seiver.
Michael Kahl, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, is music director for Cabaret.
For more information, contact Kahl by phone at 830-792-7417 or email MGKahl@schreiner.edu.