Midcoast Actors’ looks to cast ‘Cabaret’

Apr 10, 2018

Belfast — Midcoast Actors' Studio will hold auditions for its summer musical, “Cabaret,” Saturdays, April 21 and 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Troy Howard Middle School, 173 Lincolnville Ave./Route 52. MAS is looking for actors, singers and/or dancers for this full-scale production to be performed Aug. 3 through 12 at the Crosby Center.

Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, “Cabaret” focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub; and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boardinghouse owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor.

Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, which serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany. Music and lyrics are by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Joe Masteroff. Famous songs include “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” and the title song.

“Cabaret” will be directed by Suzanne Ramczyk, recently-retired professor of performance in theater arts at Bridgewater State University and director of more than 60 academic and professional shows. Jenny Cobuzzi is the choreographer. Music direction is by John Gelsinger, and pit orchestra direction and accompanist is Ruth Gelsinger.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, a simple dance audition and singing. Auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song, preferably a musical. Roles available include Cliff, Herr Schultz, a pair of Kit Kat Boys, four to six Kit Kat Girls (women of all ages), Max, Ernst Ludwig, Fraulein Schneider, Fraulein Kost, a couple of Sailors, a Young Boy and ensemble.

For more information, call 370-7592 or email midcoastactors@gmail.com. Midcoast Actors' Studio is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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