Cabaret

Community Players Theatre will present 'Cabaret' starting with a preview performance tonight at 7:30. Performances will be held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Nov. 24.

The Community Players Theatre will perform Cabaret,” an eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, this weekend. 

The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Nov. 7) with a pay-what-you-can preview performance. 

Remaining shows will run the next three weekends in November. Performances will be held this Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 22-24. 

Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30, while Sunday matinee shows are at 2:30 p.m. 

Tickets are on sale now for $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, students and active or retired military and just $8 for children 10 and under. 

Tickets can be purchased in person at the theater or online at https://www.communityplayers.org/show/cabaret/. 

Cabaret is a classic musical that takes place in Berlin, Germany, during the post-World War I economic depression. The show follows characters’ lives as Germany transitions from an underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. 

The main character Clifford Bradshaw, played by local actor Sage Brown, is a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. While in Berlin, Bradshaw meets cabaret performer Sally Bowles and sparks a budding romance in the midst of political and economic gloom. 

As the plot continues, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent. With a dose of provocation and a score featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theatre, Cabaret is a thrilling musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds “the mirror up to nature.” 

Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten’s1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the 1939 short novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood. 

The musical is Rated R due to adult content, themes and language. This show is not recommended for young children. 

RACHEL HICKEY is a Features and Sports Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at rehicke@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at twitter @r_hickey15 

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