- 03/02/12 - Life is a Cabaret for Strode College Performers
One of the greatest musicals of all time is coming to Strode Theatre for four nights, from Tuesday 28 February to Friday 2 March, when students from Strode College present 'Cabaret'.
With its stunning songs, fascinating characters and compelling story line, 'Cabaret' evokes the decadent and disturbing life of early 1930's Germany during Hitler's rise to power.
The show opens with the arrival in Berlin of young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Cliff is soon befriended by the polite and intelligent German Ernst, who takes him to stay at Fraulein Schneider's lodging house. Later they go to the 'Kit Kat Klub', a seedy cabaret joint where almost anything goes, and Cliff meets the flamboyant singer Sally Bowles.
Set against Cliff and Sally's relationship, and the relationship between Fraulein Schneider and her Jewish fiancée Herr Shultz, the Nazis start to flex their muscles and their menace is felt by all at both the unassuming lodging house, as well as the outrageous Kit Kat Klub.
Virtually all songs in the show are staged in the Kit Kat Klub, with each song commenting on the plot and on Germany's progressions from Hedonism to Hitlerism.
Charmaine Bray, Lecturer in Performing Arts at Strode College and director of the show promises a great night's entertainment. She said: "Cabaret is a powerful and demanding show which is fantastic to perform and watch. Our students are relishing the opportunity to play such strong characters and to perform such quality song and dance routines, including 'Willkommen', 'Cabaret' and 'Don't tell Mamma'.
"Our musical production is always a College highlight with students and staff working really hard to deliver a quality production. There will be so much talent on show - singing, acting, dance and music - and a lot of skills and effort behind the scenes. We're really looking forward to showing what we can do and I'm hoping for a great audience turnout to support our young performers."
Photo: 'Cabaret' is coming to Strode Theatre with its fantastic song and dance routines and its fascinating characters.