Schenectady Light Opera Company Announces auditions for “Cabaret”

Schenectady Light Opera Company announces auditions for CABARET, to open the 2017-2018 season!

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play I Am A Camera by John Van Druten and the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander – Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Director: Peter Caracappa
Musical Director: Dan Galliher
Choreographer: Gregory Theodore Marsh
Producer:  Patrick Reilly

AUDITION DATES:    SUNDAY, June 11 and TUESDAY, June 13
(Callbacks, if necessary, on Thursday, June 15)
Sign-in at 6:30pm, Auditions Begin at 7pm
427 Franklin Street (Education Building, Cabaret Room)

SHOW DATES:          September 22 – October 1, 2017

Rehearsals will begin on or around August 1 (there may be a read-through/meeting in June if schedules permit)

Those auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of music from a Broadway show (please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided). Readings will be selected from the script.  There will be a brief dance audition as well, so please dress accordingly.

Please contact Producer Patrick Reilly (kellerhouse69 at hotmail.com) or Director Peter Caracappa (caracappa at gmail.com ) with any questions.

Find the auditions on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/229413044208973/

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. The Emcee’s bawdy songs, along with the brash and glitzy performers of the Kit Kat Klub provide the backdrop as  CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fraulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff’s boardinghouse, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Master of Ceremonies (Emcee): Male, 25-40 Emcee of Kit Kat Club. Strong actor, singer,
dancer. Dark, sexy, sinister and at times vulgar. Exudes an all-knowing confidence. Requires a strong presence that is playful and mysterious. German accent required. Tenor

Sally Bowles: 25-40. Strong actor and singer. Moderate dance. British nightclub singer whose brassiness covers childlike insecurities. Must be a sparkling, dynamic performer with pretendcsophistication. Fun yet jaded, deep with serious edge. British accent required. Mezzo, belt.

Clifford Bradshaw: 20-40. Very strong actor, good singer. No dance. Young American,
idealistic writer. Pleasant looking, honorable, intelligent, reserved but friendly. Appears to be in control yet is dealing with a considerable amount of internal conflict. Visits Berlin for inspiration and ends up with more than he bargained for. Baritone.

Fraulien Schneider: 50s-60s. Powerful actress and good singer. No dance. Moralistic, yet
pragmatic German landlady. Full of vitality. Indestructible. Cares deeply and is very moving. Shoulders some of the most dramatic moments of the show. German accent required. Alto/Mezzo.

Herr Schultz: 50s-60s. Strong actor who sings. No dance. Kind middle-aged
grocer/shopkeeper. Warm, charming and cheerful Jewish gentleman. Sweet, lovable and
adoring. Heartbreakingly naive about the political turmoil in Germany. German accent
required. Baritone/Tenor.

Fraulein Kost: 30-45. Actor/Singer who dances. German prostitute who also works in the Kit Kat Club. Larger than life personality. Quick-witted, sharp-tongued and saucy. Must be capable of delivering dramatically. German accent. Mezzo/belt.

Ernst Ludwig: 25-45. Strong actor who sings. No dance. Charming German businessman who befriends Cliff. Friendly, happy and very likable. Startles the audience when revealed what he turns out to be. German accent. Baritone.

5 Kit Kat Club Girls: (Lulu, Helga, Rosie, Texas and Frenchie): 20s-30s. Strong personalities who are good singers and dancers. Sexy, quirky and naughty. All vocal types.

4 Kit Kat Club Boys: (Bobby, Victor, Herman and Hans): 20s-30s. Strong personalities who are good singers and dancers. Sexy, quirky and naughty. Multiple characters as well, customs official, Max, Rudy and bodyguard. All vocal types.

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