OFF-BROADWAY FALL MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
A Broadway favorite having been revived three times since its original 1966 production (in 1987, 1998, and 2014), Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.
Set in a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary together with the Kit Kat Klub's dancers and staff, Cabaret unfolds as a haunting portrait of the decadent world of 1930's Germany. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama", "Maybe This Time" and "Money."
*PLEASE NOTE*: Cabaret contains mature themes and material. If cast, actors under the age of 18 will need parental consent to participate.
Ages 15 - 22*
*Performers outside the age range
will be considered on a case-by-case basis
Auditions will be held on the following dates. Sign up for an audition slot, and see the character breakdowns below:
Friday September 10th 5pm-7:30pm (Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave)
Saturday September 11th 3pm-5:30pm (Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave)
Callbacks will be held on Sunday, September 12th, from 12:00pm. You will be notified shortly after your audition if you are requested back for the callbacks. For this, you will need clothes & shoes that you can move in. Callbacks will be done by 5pm at the latest.
Prepare 32 bars (or a short cut) of a musical theater song appropriate for the style of the show. Accompanist provided (bring sheet music). Please bring a second contrasting song in case we want to hear more. Bring a headshot/resume if available.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the latest developments with the Delta variant and to keep our students safe, we are requesting proof of vaccinations at the auditions. All staff members involved with the production will be fully vaccinated. For any questions or concerns, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to make it to the in-person auditions, click here for instructions on how to submit a video audition. Note that the video audition deadline is Friday, September 10th.
REHEARSALS AND TECH
Rehearsals are Fridays from 5pm-9pm, Sundays from 12pm-5pm, and some Saturdays from 2pm-6pm in Midtown Manhattan (Ripley-Grier Studios, or other Midtown West rehearsal studios). There will be additional rehearsals and tech in the theater December 13th-16th (Dixon Place).
December 17th - December 19th
Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002)
TUITION IF CAST
$825.00 (Payment plans and needs based partial scholarships available)
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THE KIT KAT PERFORMERS – The Kit Kat GIrls / Kit Kat Boys / Kit Kat People function like the Greek Chorus of this story. They are on stage consistently throughout the show, and are an integral part of the storytelling. The show heavily features these performers as the whole world of the show revolves around the Kit Kat Klub.
EMCEE – The host/master of ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub-- comedic, lovable, and captivating. Embraces the dark tendencies of humankind and functions as the embodiment of the German people. Speaks with a German accent. Vocal range: middle C to high C#, tenor.
SALLY BOWLES – A British cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub, a quirky character who comes across as flighty, yet at times struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life as a cabaret performer. Speaks with a British accent. Vocal range: low A to high C, soprano, strong belt.
CLIFFORD (CLIFF) BRADSHAW – An American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin; presented as a closeted gay man coming into his own and exploring his sexuality. Speaks with an American accent. Vocal range: low A to high E, tenor.
FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER – A landlady who rents rooms in her large boarding flat. A jaded realist who is shocked to discover love later on in her life. She must grapple with what her heart says about the man she loves, versus her survival instincts being surrounded by the growing power of the Nazi party. Speaks with a German accent. Vocal range: low D to Ab above middle C, alto.
HERR SCHULTZ – One of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a fruit shop. He is a man who never lost his optimism and zest for life. He believes that ultimately good will prevail over bigotry and hatred. Speaks with a German accent. Vocal range: low G to high F, tenor.
FRAULEIN KOST – Another of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers, she earns money by offering favors to sailors. She is a survivor with a hidden fanatical side and a commanding nature. Speaks with a German accent. Vocal range: low A flat to high F, alto/mezzo.
ERNST LUDWIG – A friendly and likable German who takes English lessons from Cliff. He smuggles funds and goods for the Nazi Party and is a surprising proponent of their cause. Speaks with a German accent. Vocal range flexible.
ROSIE – One of the Kit Kat Girls. Vocal range flexible.
LULU – One of the Kit Kat Girls. Vocal range flexible.
FRENCHIE – One of the Kit Kat Girls. Vocal range flexible.
TEXAS – One of the Kit Kat Girls. Vocal range flexible.
FRITZIE – One of the Kit Kat Girls. Vocal range flexible.
HELGA – One of the Kit Kat Girls. Vocal range flexible.
BOBBY – One of the Kit Kat Boys. Vocal range flexible.
VICTOR – One of the Kit Kat Boys. Vocal range flexible.
HANS – One of the Kit Kat Boys. Vocal range flexible.
HERMAN – One of the Kit Kat Boys. Vocal range flexible.