The West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Theatre & Dance will showcase Cabaret March 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The musical is directed by Thomas Schoffler, associate professor of theatre. Also behind the scenes are Keith Saine, set and lighting design; technical theatre major Bri Conley of Roanoke, VA, sound design; guest artists Donald Laney, choreography and costume design; Dr. R. Daniel Hughes, associate professor and director of choral activities, musical direction assisted by senior Buckhannon native Shelby Williams, who is also accompanying; and junior arts administration major Anne Wilson of Elkins, WV; stage manager.
In a Berlin nightclub, The Kit Kat Club, as the 1920s draw to a close, a gender-bending Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.
The cast features a dynamic group of students, including Katlin Kouns of Cross Lanes, WV as the Master of Ceremonies; Logan Tucker of Ravenswood, WV as Clifford Bradshaw; Sarah Smith of Bristol, WV as Sally Bowles; Savannah Reese of Charleston, WV as Fräulein Schneider; Jacob Fleck of Charleston, WV as Ernst Ludwig; Brandon Ulrich of Roanoke, VA as Max/Customs Official/Herman; Olivia Insani of Clarksburg, WV as Fräulein Kost; Sinead Tobin of Fairmont, WV as Rudy/Hans; Corey Jackson of Red House, WV as Herr Schultz; Aaron Harris of Anmoore, WV as Bobby; and Michael Inman of Parkersburg, WV as Victor. The Kit Kat Girls are played by Emily Arbuckle of Lewisburg, WV; Kate Babiuch of Alexandria, VA; Maya Eberhart of Brooklyn, NY; Lauren Jennings of Martinsburg, WV; Megan Lloyd of Bunker Hill, WV; Caroline Ringel of McKinney, TX; Haylee Shires of Alderson, WV; and Tiara Stokes of Charleston, WV.
Tickets are available at the door, one hour before show time. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 with a WVWC ID. For more information, please email Schoffler_t@wvwc.edu.
This show is intended for mature audiences.