The Kelowna Actors Studio Young Company presents the provocative and edgy Tony award-winning musical, Cabaret, two performances only, on Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5. The production is the final fund-raising effort for the group of talented musical theatre actors, who will attend professional productions and workshops in New York City this August.
Young Company offers an advanced training and mentorship program for aspiring performing artists between the ages of 13-18 who are serious about pursuing post-secondary education and a career in theatre. They have worked for months with professional adult actors, older acting students, directors and choreographers resulting on the full stage production of Cabaret.
In New York, the company will have an opportunity to attend Roundabout Theatre’s production of Cabaret, to meet the star of the production, Alan Cumming, and take workshops with the Broadway cast.
“Cabaret has a fascinating history,” says Randy Leslie, managing artistic director. “It is the winner of multiple Tonys, which were awarded three decades apart.”
Music director Roslyn Frantz works the score brilliantly and the audience truly perceives the emotional pattern of the plot. Choreographer, Jennifer Davies brings a new edge and energy, which will make audiences feel like they’re in 1930’s Berlin.
Katia Wells-Green plays the production’s, and the Kit Kat Klub’s Emcee. She was recently seen in KAS’ critically acclaimed Company, and was previously seen in The Performance Troupe’s Rent. Sally Bowles, the Kit Kat’s British performer, is portrayed by Julia Cherrille, a regular at Kelowna Actors Studio (South Pacific among others). Delphine Litke, known to audiences for her iconic performances (Shrek, Nunsense), will portray Fraulein Schneider with Brandon Shalansky (39 Steps, Music Man) as Herr Schultz. Rounding out the cast is Cory de Roos as writer Clifford Bradshaw, Mikayla Jones as Fraulein Kost. Randy Leslie will play the villain, Ernst Ludwig. The production also features familiar KAS faces Emma Butler, Marisa Piattelli and Andrea Sorestad as the Kit Kat Girls.
“Our theatre’s intimate setting is the perfect venue to morph into an infamous Berlin cabaret nightclub,” adds Leslie. “We are proud to present an unique twist on Cabaret, and our Young Company has certainly put their individual stamp on this timeless piece.”
Cabaret runs for two performances only, July 3 and 4 at 8:00pm. Tickets are available by contacting The Kelowna Actors Studio box office at 250-862-2867 or on line at www.KelownaActorsStudio.com.
Based on Christopher Isherwood’s 1945 book The Berlin Stories, Cabaret tells the story of the smoky, seedy Kit Kat Klub and it’s various and varied stars and customers. The classic Broadway musical, set in the smoky, seedy Kit Kat Klub, reflects the sentiment in pre-World War II, 1929 Berlin.
Isherwood set the foundation for the subsequent renditions. The 1967 stage musical was adapted into the 1972 Oscar-winning film starring Liza Minnelli, and the 1998 Broadway revival ran for six years at Studio 54 on Broadway.
The John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics) collaboration of four decades has created many Broadway standards and contemporary classics: Flora, the Red Menace; Cabaret (Tony Award); The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Score); The Rink; Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Score); and Steel Pier. Their collaboration also transferred to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards; Liza With a Z (Emmy Award); HBO’s Liza Minnelli’s Stepping Out (Emmy Award); Funny Lady (Oscar nominated for “How Lucky Can You Get”); Lucky Lady; New York, New York; Stepping Out; and Chicago (Oscar nominated for Best Song).
Among their long list of credits, Kandor and Ebb wrote the iconic song New York, New York, which in the mid 1980s became the official anthem of New York City.
Upon the unfortunate death of Fred Ebb, the duo had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings: The Visit, All About Us, Curtains (currently on Broadway) and Minstrel Show.
Joe Masteroff (book) came to New York from Philadelphia after attending Temple University and serving in the US Air Force. He has been represented in New York City by the play The Warm Peninsula, the libretto for an operatic version of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms and the book and lyrics for a recent production of Six Wives at the York Theatre Company.