The Argenta Community Theatre is inaugurating producing its own productions with the Tony winning Cabaret. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have a ticket, you won’t be able to “come to the Cabaret” because this production has been sold out for over a week.
Cabaret, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1967, is a musical adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories” and John van Druten’s I Am a Camera. It features a book by Joe Masteroff and score by John Kander and Fred Ebb.
Producer Vince Insalaco and director Robert Hupp have assembled a cast and creative team to transform the Argenta Community Theatre into the Kit Kat Klub. The choreographers are Marisa Kirby and Christen Burke Pitts with Kurt Kennedy serving as musical director.
Kirby leads the cast as tragic heroine Sally Bowles. Cipher-like scribe Cliff Bradshaw is played by Michael Klucher. Brandon Higdem is the leering MC of the Kit Kat Klub. Also starring are Tricia Spione and Alan Rackley as a mismatched pair of older Germans struggling with their relationship in the midst of the onset of the Third Reich.
Others in the cast are David Weatherly, Jessica Smith, Carl Carter, Matt Morley, Kris Waltermire, Dylan Dugger, Sydney Ippolito, Emily Karnes, Bailey Lamb, RaeLeigh Narisi, Rachel Powell and Brittany “Sparkles” Rorie.
Insalaco hopes to produce a musical and a play at the Argenta Community Theatre each year.
Spring Awakening, which won 8 Tony Awards on Broadway, is the next production of the Weekend Theater. It opens this weekend and runs through July 1. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik adapted Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years. The three central teens are Wendla, the naïve, newly pubescent one, who is struggling with feelings that are foreign to her; Melchior, the intellectual, knows exactly what his feelings are, but is struggling with the unfair amount of power adults possess; and Moritz, the disempowered, is basically struggling with everything and doesn’t know how to relieve the pressure surrounding him.
The cast features Jessica Smith, Garrett Houston, Will Nicholson, Hannah Blackburn-Parish, Justin Holzknecht, Garrett Whitehead, Jhonika Wright, Sarah Richardson, Noah Whitney, Nick Abel, Emily McDow, Lana Hallmark and Tony Spicer. The production is directed by Ralph Hyman with music direction by Lori Isner.
The performances are at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2:30 on Sunday afternoons.