Landmark Community Theatre holds auditions for CABARET at the Thomaston Opera House
Auditions: Sunday, November 12th 2017 at 5:00pm
Monday, November 13th 2017 at 7:00pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, November 15th 2017 at 7:00pm
Location: Arts Center Theatre (located on Level 2)
Thomaston Opera House
158 Main Street, Thomaston, CT
LCT will be holding auditions for their first production of their 2018 season, Cabaret, on November 12 & 13 in the Arts Center Theatre located on Level 2 of the Thomaston Opera House. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, November 15, at 7pm. Auditioners will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
Auditioners must bring sheet music with them and be prepared to sing 32 bars (about a minute) of a fully memorized musical theater song showcasing the style and vocal range of the character for which they are auditioning. Songs from CABARET are allowed. Additional vocalizing may also be a part of the audition to determine vocal range and harmonizing skills. An accompanist will be provided; no recorded accompaniment is permitted. Video auditions are accepted for those unable to attend on the scheduled dates. Please contact the production manager if you are requesting a video audition (firstname.lastname@example.org). All auditioners are asked to wear comfortable clothes and bring jazz shoes if they have them, as you may be asked to dance during the auditions. No character shoes please.
The show will open on January 27th and run through February 11th, 2018 for a total of 8 performances. Rehearsals will begin the week of November 20th. Rehearsal days will be tentatively scheduled for Sunday and Wednesday evenings. An additional rehearsal day will be added beginning in January. Not all cast will be called for all rehearsals.
Plot Summary: Cabaret takes place from 1929-1930, a time when Berlin, in the midst of a post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer 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, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance. As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent; Ernst, Cliff’s first German friend, turns out to be an up-and-coming member of the Nazi Party, and Herr Schultz, a fellow boarder at Fraulein Schneider’s guest house (and Schneider’s fiancee), is the victim of an Anti-Semitic hate crime. When he finds out that Sally is pregnant, Cliff decides that they must leave for America at once, before things get any worse. Sally, afraid, confused, and unsure that she’ll ever really be able to trade the sexy, illicit cabaret lifestyle for motherhood, gets an abortion, and tells Cliff that he must leave without her. With a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation and a score featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds “the mirror up to nature.”
EMCEE (MALE)- Flamboyant Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub
SALLY BOWLES (FEMALE) – British cabaret singer and the headliner at Berlin’s infamous Kit Kat Klub
CLIFFORD BRADSHAW (MALE) – A struggling American novelist who falls in love with Sally
FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER (FEMALE) – The amiable landlady of the Berlin boarding house with Cliff and Sally rent a room
HERR SCHULTZ (MALE) – An elderly Jewish fruit shop owner who falls in love with Fraulein Schneider
FRAULEIN KOST (FEMALE)- prostitute who rents a room in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house
ERNST LUDWIG (MALE)- German man who befriends Cliff and later becomes a Nazi
MALE ENSEMBLE: Cabaret Boys of the Kit Kat Klub who are strong dancers, Nazis, Sailors
FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Women who perform alongside Sally at the Kit Kat Klub, strong dancers