Ghent Playhouse Announces Auditions for “Cabaret”

The Ghent Playhouse announces AUDITIONS for CABARET (1998 Version) – Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Directed by Matthew Teichner

Date and Time:  Tuesday and Thursday – January 16 & 18, 2018

Sign-in at 7:00 p.m.

Auditions begin at 7:30 p.m. at the location listed below

Location:  St. James Church; 117 Hudson Avenue; Chatham, NY (situated on the corner of Routes 66 and 203 – across from Destino Mexican Restaurant)

 Performance Dates:  March 16 – April 1, 2018.   Performances are at 8 pm Fridays & Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays.

SYNOPSIS:  Set amid the backdrop of 1930’s Germany, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them that they will forget all of their troubles at the Cabaret.  With his bawdy songs serving as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates, as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Tony Award-winner for Best Play in 1967 and again in 1998 for its revival.

CHARACTERS: 

EMCEE – Master of Ceremonies – The host at the decadent and vulgar nightclub, The Kit Kat Club – Age range and appearance flexible.  Presented as a gender-questionable character comfortable with being close to both men and women – comedic and loveable –Speaks with a German accent.  Requires agile stage movement and dance – Vocal range:  Tenor; Middle C to High C#

SALLY BOWLES – (20’s – 30’s)  A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Club.  A quirky character who comes across as flighty, yet at times struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life.  Speaks with a British accent.

Comfortable with stage movement and light dance – Vocal Range:  Strong Belt – Low A to High C

 CLIFF BRADSHAW – (Late 20’s – mid-30’s) – An American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin.  Presented as a closeted gay man exploring his sexuality.

Comfortable with stage movement and light dance  – Vocal Range: Tenor – Low A to High E.

FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER – (50+) – A landlady who rents rooms in her large flat.  Speaks with a German accent

Comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz) – Vocal Range:  Alto – Low D to Ab above middle C.

HERR SCHULTZ – (50+) – One of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a fruit shop.  Speaks with a German accent

Comfortable with stage movement and light dance – Vocal Range:  Tenor – Low C to High F.

 FRAULEIN KOST – (30’s – 40’s) – Another of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers.  She earns money by offering favors to sailors – presentation of this character should exhibit a strong sexual comfort and commanding nature.  Speaks with a German accent.

Comfortable with stage movement – Vocal Range:  Alto/Mezzo – Low A flat to High F

 ERNST LUDWIG – Age range flexible.  Takes English lessons from Cloiff and smuggles funds for the Nazi Party; a friendly and likeable German.  Speaks with a German accent.

Comfortable with stage movement and light dance (waltz).  Vocal Range flexible – sings in the chorus.

KIT KAT CLUB GIRLS  – (20’s – early 30’s)  The individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and club patrons.  The ladies can be of various shapes and sizes – the key is to be comfortable with your femininity and scanty costumes that show off sex appeal.

Features:  (“Two Ladies,” “Telephone Dance,” etc.) will be drawn from this group

Strong Dance Skills Required  – Strong singing voices in all parts

 MALE DANCE ENSEMBLE – (20’s-early 30’s)  Kit Kat Club Waiters and Patrons and various features.  Should be comfortable with portraying free in gender depictions.

Features:  (Bobby, Victor, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” etc.) will be drawn from this group

Strong Dance Skills Required – Strong singing voices in all parts

CHARACTER ROLES/SINGERS – (Mid 30’s and older) – Club Patrons, Party Guests and various features.

Comfortable with stage movement and light dance  – Strong singing voices in all  parts

There will be both dance and vocal auditions for this show, so dress in comfortable shoes and clothing.  Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Sundays from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Please be prompt for auditions and ready with your list of conflicts.  If you are younger than the age-ranges listed, but feel that you can portray older than you are, please don’t hesitate to audition.

The Ghent Playhouse is an all-volunteer community theater.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact the director by email at mschner1@mac.com

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