Go back in time to the 1930s with the cast of “Cabaret.”
This musical takes place in the Kit-Kat-Klub, a nightclub in Berlin. “Cabaret,” directed by Jennifer Tuttle, a theater professor, is packed with drama and controversy. The characters are having issues with sexual orientation, finding independence, love and the beginning of the economic fall in Germany.
Although this show is a little bit more serious then most musicals, it is still full of lively and sultry songs. Brianna Lucas, an MSUM alumna, choreographed the dances to be fun and entertaining to watch.
The show is based around the life of Clifford Bradshaw, played by Ivan Olson, an American writer who travels to Berlin in hopes of finding life and adventure. After arriving, he meets a girl named Sally Bowles, played by Carolyn Schmitz, a British singer, actor and dancer, who is the star at the Kit-Kat-Klub. Clifford instantly falls in love with her.
While Clifford and Sally are having their romance, Herr Schultz, played by Evan Christie, is falling in love with Clifford’s landlord. Herr Schultz is a Jewish storeowner and in the time when Nazis start to take over Germany, it’s only a matter of time before things go bad. Another character that the played by Nick Kaspari, who is not only an important character in the show but is also the voice of the audience and works as a narrator.
The cast is having fun putting the show together, and they think that the audience will enjoy it just as much.
“I like the script and it has such good music,” Schmitz said.
Not only is the musical fun, the show also touches on some historical issues.
“It’s an interesting perspective of Germany in the 1930s. It’s historical and emotional,” said Christie. Kaspari added, saying, “This musical shows what German people were going through at the time.”
Another part of the show the cast believes people will enjoy is how relatable the characters are. Schmitz explained that her character is fun to play, but it can be difficult because her character, Sally, is so emotional and her moods change drastically.
“She is spunky, independent and is always trying to find the next best thing,” Schmitz said.
Olson thinks many college students will be able to relate to his character as he addresses his sexuality and deals with many other tough decisions that people have to deal with throughout their life.
“‘Cabaret’ is symbolic to life … it should be on people’s priority list to see it,” Olson said.
Performances began last night at 7:30 and will continue at this time through Oct. 1 on the Gaede Stage. There are also two matinee performances on Oct. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are free for MSUM students with a college ID. For other students it is $10, $15 for school staff and alumni and $20 for adults. Stop at the box office in the Center for the Arts to buy tickets.
BY KRISTIN KIRTZ