'Cabaret' to feature music, dance, history

cast imageThe popular and passionate musical “Cabaret” runs through next weekend in Waterman Theatre in Tyler Hall. This Tony Award-winning musical has entertained audiences for over 40 years since its debut on Broadway in 1966.

The cast and musicians at SUNY Oswego are readying for a show filled with large dance numbers and high-voltage music, said director Jonel Langenfeld-Rial. The show’s score remains well-liked by generations of audience members, even as the plot addresses a troubling time in world history.

This reflection of history can be seen through the glitter of the cabaret. As the world above the Kit Kat Club changes, so does the atmosphere, lighting and culture of the cabaret, she explained.

“Our setting begins as an exciting and eclectic place to be and be seen,” Langenfeld-Rial said. “However, what transpires in the Kit Kat Club is a metaphor for what was happening in Berlin, Germany, and perhaps most of the Western world at the time of 1929 to 1930. It was a time of transition, a time on the verge of great, and what was to be, horrific change.”

In an unusual twist of presentation, each night four audience members will be invited to be on stage for the performance. These “cabaret guests” will be seated at tables on stage with the cast and musicians.

“The production team wanted to bring in the community and have people be a part of our show—our cabaret if you will,” said Langenfeld-Rial, a member of SUNY Oswego’s theatre faculty.
Interested audience members can sign up at the Tyler box office in advance, or on the evening of the show.

Music for “Cabaret” is under the charge of Todd Graber, interim chair of SUNY Oswego’s music department. 

“Cabaret” will have a preview performance at 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). 

Regional high schools will take in a special performance of “Cabaret” as part of the 49th annual High School Drama Festival on Friday, May 2. Reservations are still being taken for interested schools, and can be made by calling Kelly Cullinan at 312-2140.

“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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PHOTO CAPTION: Eccentric Emcee—The eccentric, occasionally eerie Emcee (played by Mike Racioppa, center) runs the festivities of the Kit Kat Club in “Cabaret,” SUNY Oswego’s spring musical opening April 25. He is surrounded by Kit Kat girls played by, clockwise from left, April Frank, Devin Gruner, Laura Pavlus, Beth Swenson, Megan Myerov, Kate Boswell and Olivia Zeis. Due to mature themes, the production is recommended for those 15 years of age or older.

CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Apr 16, 2008)