Two weeks from now, the Music Department and Theater, Film, and Media Studies Department will be premiering their new spring production, the famous musical Cabaret by John Kander and Fred Ebb, in the newly renovated Bruce Davis Theater of Montgomery Hall.
The production is being led by the Theater, Film, and Media Studies Chair Professor Merideth Taylor as the choreographer, Professor Jeffrey Silberschlag of the Music Department as the musical director, and visiting guest artist Bill Gillett as the director.
Gillett, a St. Mary’s College of Maryland alum from 1995, is teaming up again with the two professors, who all helped produce the school’s production of Hair four years ago.
“It’s a joy to return to St. Mary’s to direct another musical,” said Gillett. “Coming to St. Mary’s always feels like coming home.”
The musical, based on the stage play I am a Camera by John Van Druten, takes place in 1931 Berlin, Germany during the rise of Nazi power before World War II.
“With each rehearsal, we are progressing toward what we want audiences to witness and be a part of: a representation of a historical time, that of Nazi Germany,” said senior Julia Shatto, who plays the part of the spunky club dancer Sally Bowles.
Cabaret not only deals with the looming rise of Hitler’s Third Reich, but it also tackles various topics such as love, lust, poverty, drugs and alcohol, and prostitution of both sexes, as well as the presence of the nightclub in which Shatto’s character performs, named the Kit Kat Klub.
“I could go on and on about this show and how great the premise of Cabaret is,” said sophomore Jonathan Wagner, who appears as the master of ceremonies in the production. “But more importantly I just want to stress how I really feel people in the campus community should get excited for this.”
The show has been described as everything from political and emotional to mysterious and raunchy. It is also full with all of popular Cabaret songs such as “Money,” the ever-famous “Wilkommen Song,” and the show’s trademark song “Cabaret.”
“The cast, designers, and crews are working hard to create a world for audiences to actually enter into,” said Shatto, “a constant hedonistic party halted by the ominous beginnings of the hateful destruction of Berlin.”
Tickets for the production will be selling at $5 and $7 and the showings will be at 8 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, March 4-6 and 9-11 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.