CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE

CABARET

BY JOHN KANDER AND FRED EBB

 

THISTLEY HOUGH HIGH SCHOOL

12TH - 16TH APRIL 2011

 

SYNOPSIS

The scene is a night club in Berlin, as the 1920's are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. On the train to Berlin we find Cliff, a young American writer, and Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff's luggage at the German border. History is in the process of being made. Musical numbers include It Couldn't Please Me More, Willkommen, Cabaret, Don't Tell Mama and Two Ladies. We find Cliff on the train again, now leaving Berlin alone. He writes about Sally and the people of Berlin leading up to the Third Reich. It has been a tumultuous and heartbreaking era.

 

REVIEW

Seductive candle light, a generous display of fishnet stockings and atmospheric live music. This certainly isn't what you find in the average school hall,Thistley Hough school transforms into a risqué Berlin Night club to host Cabaret, the latest sparkling production by the North Staffs Operatic Society.

The show explores how the life and passions of friends associated with the "Kit Kat" club change as war approaches.

This includes nightclub performer Sally Bowls (laura Mellor) and her ill fated romance with American journalist (Tom Pear). Less exotic and perhaps more touching is the relationship between ageing landlady (Ann McArdle) and her Jewish lodger (Brian Rawlins), a love which develops gently over the first half.

This is predominantly a musical production featuring many well known songs all of which were strongly and clearly delivered. Arguably it was the Kit Kat Burlesque dancers who stole the show, their costumes were stunning (Dad would like them – trust me). The choreography was superb and the overall impact ignited the show and lifted the pace which, on occasions, was needed.

Choosing an alternative venue for Cabaret provides the audience with an opportunity to blend with the performance as nightclub customers. This was particularly powerful, when at the close of the first half,  "hidden" members of the cast stood up to sing the Nazi Anthem, surprising those who sat next to them and bringing home the sinister undertones of this colourful musical.

 

FEATURED CAST

Emcee Paul Deakin

Sally Laura Mellor

Cliff Tom Pear

Schultz Brian Rawlins

Schneider Ann Mcardle

Ludwig John Wicks

Kost Sarah Mould

Gts/Victor Gareth Ridge

Bobbie Brett Mcintyre

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director Caroline Keen

Musical Director Chris Keen

Choreography Sarah Mould

Stage Manager Terry Wright

Props Sandra Morris

Costumes Margaret Noyce

 

 

 

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CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE

CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE