The Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble (AMTE), a student organization at Appalachian State University, is presenting the multiple Tony Award- and Academy Award-winning musical “Cabaret” at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. Performances will be held in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union on the university campus. Admission is $10 for students and $15 for the general public.
The production explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of 1920’s Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer who has just arrived in Berlin, is immediately intrigued by 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. The well-known musical numbers from the stage version of the show include “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Two Ladies” and the classic title number, “Cabaret.”
Appalachian Musical Theatre Club president Sabrina Furches, a senior dance studies major from Lexington, is directing “Cabaret.” Her goal is “to focus on the timely social themes within a story of love, loss, sex, addiction, government and loyalty.”
Jordan Glyder, a political science major from Charleston, SC, is the choreographer. Junior Brianna Morgan, a business management major also from Charleston, SC, is the musical director.
Playwright Joe Masteroff based his script for the production on an earlier play by John Van Druten entitled “I Am a Camera,” which in turn was adapted from a short novel “Goodbye to Berlin” written by Christopher Isherwood. The music and lyrics are by the legendary duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the creative team behind musicals such as “The Act,” “Chicago,” “Curtains,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Rink,” “Steel Pier,” “Woman of the Year” and “Zorba.” The AMTE production of “Cabaret”is presented by arrangement withTams-Witmark.
The doors open 15 minutes prior to each performance to accommodate general admission seating. To purchase tickets, visit https://musicaltheatreclub.ticketleap.com/cabaret/.
Plemmons Student Unionis located at 263 Locust Street on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons, a short distance from Plemmons Student Union.
About the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble
The Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble is the production arm of the Appalachian Musical Theatre Club (AMTC). The club officers serve as producers for the show, and they lead a cast, crew and orchestra comprised entirely of students from Appalachian State University. The club is an associated student organization of the Department of Theatre and Dance; it helps to support the department’s mission and provides additional performance and technical theatre opportunities for students of any major.
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls over 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.