1920s Berlin coming together for 'Cabaret'

Students and faculty in SUNY Oswego’s theatre and music departments are in the process of transforming the bare stage into a burlesque and seductive Berlin music lounge as they begin construction and rehearsals for the spring musical “Cabaret.”

Scheduled to open April 25 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, the Oswego production of “Cabaret” is directed by Jonel Langenfeld-Rial, with musical direction by Todd Graber. 

“Many know the story of ‘Cabaret’ from the popular movie and Broadway productions,” said Langenfeld-Rial, a member of Oswego’s theatre faculty. “Our goal is to recreate the spirit of the ‘Golden 20s’ in Europe whereby people sought to hold onto the happiness of the decade all the while knowing change and impending instability were the social currency of the time.”

The Kit Kat Club in Berlin starts the show as an exciting, carefree and edgy place to socialize, as characters pursue dreams and make friends, she said. As the story progresses, the atmosphere and purpose of the Kit Kat Club change. A convivial place becomes a secretive and ominous hangout. 

The student cast includes Sara Weiler (Sally Bowles), Mike Racioppa (Emcee), Lucaya Luckey-Bethany (Frauline Schneider), Charlie Smith (Herr Schultz), Samuel Austin (Cliff), Nate Roy (Ernst) and Suzayn Mackenzie (Frauline Kost). 

The Kit Kat Girls include Laura Pavlus (Rosie), Megan Myerov (Texas), Olivia Zeis (Fritzie), April Frank (Lulu), Devin Gruner (Ziti), Beth Swenson (Frenchie) and Kate Boswell (Helga). 

Rounding out the 25-member cast are the female ensemble of Kim Greenawalt, Maura Koenig, Joannie Anderson, Christine Duval, Stephanie Martinez and Amanda Brown; and the male ensemble of Dan Williams, Patrick Collins, Jeremy Waterman, Josh Gadek and Jason Martin.

A preview performance of “Cabaret” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, with all seats priced at $6.

Additional 8 p.m. curtains are slated April 25 and 26 and May 3, with a 2 p.m. matinee scheduled for Sunday, May 4. 

Tickets for the regular run cost $14 for adults ($12 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). 

“Cabaret” includes adult themes and dialogue and is suggested for audience members 15 years of age or older. 

For reservations or more information, contact the Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Mar 27, 2008)