Come to the Cabaret, old chum

Abrams theater to present flashy musical
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By Joan Koehne, Special to the Times Herald


Brigette Finger, front, rehearses her role as Sally Bowles in the musical “Cabaret,” backed by the Kit Kat Dancers, from left, Ali Carlson, Elizabeth Jolly, Abby Frank, Jennifer Hibbard and Morgan Blau. “Cabaret” will be performed Sept. 13-16 and Sept. 20-23 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. (contributed photo)

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. invites the community to its fall show, “Cabaret,” the flashy musical set in a 1930s Berlin nightclub. “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

The show is presented by After Dark Productions, a division of ASPI. Due to adult themes, the show is suitable for mature audiences only.

“Cabaret” is a 1966 musical based on the 1939 Christopher Isherwood novel “Goodbye to Berlin,” with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff.

ASPI Director Cate Kopkey said the pace and variety of the show will make it an audience favorite.

“The setting of the show switches continually from the Kit Kat Klub to a Berlin apartment, from serious dialogue, to song and dance,” she said. “The show is anything but boring!”

The cabaret setting will permeate into Byng Community Theater, fully enveloping the audience in the story, music and characters. Cocktail tables, set up near the stage, can be reserved by calling the box office or making reservations on the theater’s website.

The show features a variety of stage talent, including singing, dancing, and strong dramatic performances.

“This is a really tough show to do, and several cast members told me this has been their most challenging role,” Kopkey said.

The talented ensemble performing in “Cabaret” includes Preston Pelegrin, Hayden Blau, Brigette Finger, Aaron Klein, Julie Muenster (also assistant director), Chris LaChance, Elizabeth Jolly, Abby Frank, Ali Carlson, Morgan Blau, Jennifer Hibbard, David Woosencraft, Josh Klein, Bryce Gehl, and Logan Falk.

ASPI will celebrate opening night on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a gala after the show. The audience is invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks with the cast and crew after the performance.

Performances continue at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20; Friday, Sept. 14 and 21; Saturday, Sept. 15 and 22; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 and 23. All shows will be performed at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.AbramsTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 920-826-5852. “Cabaret” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc.