Audition Announcements:

We are thrilled to announce auditions for Cabaret!

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14 and 15
6:30 PM

(You only need to attend one - either the 14th or 15th)

The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland

NOTE: Proof of Vaccination will be required to Audition and to be cast in Cabaret

Cabaret 
Music by John Kandler
Book by Joe Masteroff
Lyrics by Fred Ebb


Director/Choreographer:  Ray Dumont
Music Director:  Evan Cuddy

Producer:  Tracy Pratt

Stage Manager:  Joanna Chantal 

Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 19th.
They will be on Sunday afternoons and evenings, Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings, and eventually adding in Friday evenings.

 

Show dates are November 5th through November 21st.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM. 


The Show:
Cabaret takes place in Berlin from 1929-1930. Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer, is looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms into a dream-like romance. As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent and things turn for the worst in the world of our protagonists.

Cabaret deals with issues that are for mature audiences.  It takes place in a time and place noted for its decadence, but it is also a time when antisemitism, the Nazis and the literal end of an era were creeping into that world.  Some people may find the presentation of these issues “discomforting.”  It is the aim of the director to resist shying away from these issues in Portland Players’ production.  It is important that those auditioning for the show know the story they will help bring to life.

A NOTE ABOUT CASTING:
Actors are encouraged to audition for ANY role they see fit.  The director/choreographer will consider all auditioners for any role.  The final decision will be made by the director/choreographer after all options have been considered.
 

What To Prepare:
SINGING:  16 bars of a song that shows off your range.  You may absolutely sing from the show.  An accompanist will be at the audition.  Please no recordings or a cappella.

DANCING:  Technical dancing NOT required.  Looking for a company that moves very well.  A short combination will be taught.  Please dress for dancing.  Heels preferred for actors auditioning for (traditionally) female roles.  WE WILL DANCE FIRST

READINGS:  Some auditioners will be asked to stay and read from the script.

CAST BREAKDOWN:
Emcee: 20s-30s, a hilarious, sexually ambiguous master of ceremonies. He moves the story along and peppers the show with musical interludes - Tenor 

Clifford Bradshaw: 20s-30s, a budding American and somewhat closeted homosexual novelist searching Europe for inspiration for his next novel. Upon reaching Berlin he quickly gets entangled with its underground party scene and political climate. - Tenor 

Sally Bowles: 20s-30s, a transient English second rate cabaret singer living in Berlin. She entangles herself with Clifford and they begin a fated relationship – Mezzo 

Fraulein Schneider: 50s-60s, the owner of a boarding house in Berlin. She rents rooms to several of the show’s characters. - Alto 

Herr Schultz: 50s-60s, A Jewish fruit-stand owner and the love interest of Fraulein Schneider – Tenor 

Fraulein Kost: 20s-30s, a prostitute living and working in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house and often at odds with Schneider. – Mezzo
 

Ernst Ludwig: 30s – 40s, an up and coming political figure in the Nazi political party. 

ENSEMBLE: Men and Women, 20s-30s, will play various roles throughout the show as well as the Kit Kat Klub performance ensemble. – various vocal ranges 
 

Show dates are November 5th through November 21st. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM. 

Questions? Email info@portlandplayers.org 

NOTE: Proof of Vaccination will be required to Audition and to be cast in Cabaret

Portland Players is dedicated to the casting and inclusion of people of color, all gender identities,
and all abilities, within our community. 

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