The theatre department is giving a modern twist to its presentation of the musical “Cabaret,” which opens Friday, Feb. 25 on the Main Stage Theatre.
Set in modern-day Berlin, with skinheads and neo-Nazis, the show is centered in a nightclub where an American writer is charmed by a young cabaret performer. The role of the master of ceremonies, made famous by Joel Grey on Broadway, is played by female actor, Kelsie Spellman.
Theatre student Laura De Lano sees the play as important because of its contrast to the campus community.
“We have a very open-minded and diverse campus,” De Lano says. “In the show, we see minorities being kicked out.” Still, it provides “a longing sense of trying to grab hold of hope.”
Theatre professor Julian White is directing the musical.
“Cabaret” will run on Feb. 25, 26 and March 3, 4, and 5 at 8 p.m., with matinees on March 2 at 10 a.m. and March 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, senior citizens, faculty and staff. “Pack the Theatre Night” is on Saturday, Feb. 26 for only $5 a ticket.
For more information, call the box office at (909) 869-3800.