“Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!
Fremde, étranger, stranger.
Glücklich zu sehen, je suis enchané,
Happy to see you,
Bleibe, reste, stay.”

These are the opening words to the musical, Cabaret, which begins with the risqué Master of Ceremonies (Emcee, played by freshman Evan Laufman) welcoming the audience into the wonderful story about to unfold. It is the start of the 1930s in Berlin, Germany and the city is vivacious and alive, especially at the popular Kit Kat Klub. The Emcee promises that the audience will forget all of their worries at the Cabaret.

American author Clifford Bradshaw (played by junior Samuel Kelly-Cohen) is traveling to the beautiful city of Berlin in order to find inspiration for his new novel. On the train ride there, he meets the friendly and inviting Ernst Ludwig (freshman Dylan Jost). Ernst welcomes him to Berlin, and suggests that Cliff join him for New Year’s Eve at the “hottest spot in Berlin,” the Kit Kat Klub. When Cliff explains that he has no place to stay, Ernst sends him to Fraulein Schneider (junior Danielle Ganz) who provides accommodation for the young writer.

Among the other renters that Fraulein Schneider houses are the kind, old Herr Schultz (sophomore Eitan Pessah) and fiercely flirtatious Fraulein Kost (played by senior Carmen Horn). Fraulein Kost, possibly a prostitute, provides “favors” for sailors, much to the disdain and frustration of Fraulein Schneider. These exchanges supply much entertainment throughout the show. Meanwhile, an enjoyable subplot of Cabaret features the romance between Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider with songs like “It Couldn’t Please Me More” and “Married.”

Back to Cliff, who decides to take Ernst’s advice and visit the Club, where he meets Sally Bowles (junior Quinn Devita). Sally is a young, beautiful Englishwoman with a cavalier attitude and a facade of confidence and control. She and Cliff fall in love and experience a roller coaster of a relationship as shown in “Perfectly Marvelous” and “Don’t Go.”

Cabaret is an exciting and enticing show that is considered one of the greatest musicals of all time. The cast will be working extremely hard to provide the most amazing performance to the audience. Make sure to come out and watch the production on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, starting at 7 p.m! You won’t want to miss it!

Photo credit: Carmen Horn

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