Event date: 6/19/2020 7:30 PM - 6/28/2020 3:00 PM Export event
Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 3:00pm; NCHS Auditorium
Our 2020 season of three iconic works of theatre might be considered three acts in a single celebration of our freedoms and the triumph of the human spirit!
Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood.
In the early 1930s, American writer Cliff Bradshaw arrives in Berlin to work on his novel. After securing a room in a boarding house run by Fraulein Schneider, he heads to the Kit Kat Klub, a sleazy nightclub frequented by German Nazi officers. He meets a British singer named Sally Bowles who is down on her luck. When she gets kicked out by her boyfriend, she begs to move in with Cliff.
Now the boarding house is home to Cliff and Sally, Fraulein Schneider, the disreputable and bitter Fraulein Kost, and the Jewish grocer Herr Schultz. Their friend and neighbor Ernst Ludwig is a frequent visitor, though he will eventually begin to display the Nazi symbol on his armband. As the Nazi party gains power and life becomes increasingly bleak, Fraulein Schneider and Herr Schultz announce their engagement and Sally reveals her pregnancy.
The story is moderated by the Kit Kat Klub’s flamboyant and insightful Master of Ceremonies and his cabaret singers, who help to perform memorable songs like “Wilkommen” and the titular “Cabaret.”
We're very pleased to have Craig Gustafson directing this important production. Craig is well-known in the western Chicago suburbs for his directing, playwriting and acting, and has been responsible for many, many great productions. He just led a very well-received "My Three Angels" for us last year.
Craig has great respect for the original vision of this show: the Nazis are not the villains of “Cabaret,” they are the monsters. The villains are the people who won’t stop partying and fight the monsters. That was the message of the 1966 version of the play. Revisions strayed a bit. Now, 50-plus years later, the original message is just as important today. It's been said that history doesn't repeat itself, but it often rhymes. More on the message in the coming months leading up to the performances.
The music of Cabaret is in the capable hands of our own Emma Gingold, who will be Vocal Director and Music Director. Emma is Vice President of The Summer Place, volunteer coordinator and helps in all aspects of our company but of all the wonderful work she does, we love the spark she puts into the music of our shows. People were amazed at the rich orchestration and beautiful vocals of last year's South Pacific. Many audience members asked if the music was a professional recording, because they sounded so good but they didn't see a pit orchestra. That's because the musicians were in a room down the hall!
Probably the most memorable visual aspects of the show are the Kit Kat Klub dancers and M.C, and to bring that choreography to life we're pleased to welcome Jan Augustine to our creative team. Welcome to the Summer Place family!
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