Auditions for Cabaret

The CM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER is holding auditions for CABARET on Monday June 20th and Tuesday June 21st, with callbacks on Thursday June 23rd.

Please prepare a 16-32 bar cut of a Musical Theatre song in a similar style. An accompanist will be provided. Please come prepared to dance in case you are asked to stay for a dance call. Performance dates are below. Please bring possible rehearsal and/or performance conflicts to the auditions.The CM Performing Arts Center is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the casting and encourages actors of diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups to audition. Video submissions will be accepted if you are unable to make either audition date. Please send a video submission along with headshot and resume to andrewjbecknyc@gmail.com by Wednesday June 22nd at 7:30pm.

Production Team:

Director – ANDREW J. BECK

Music Director – MATTHEW W. SURICO

Choreographer – ROCHELLE MARTIN

Stage Manager – ALISSA GRABER

 

Health & Safety Protocols:

For the safety of all performers, staff, and our CM community, all performers and staff must be either fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or present proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test or COVID-19 molecular PCR test on a weekly basis. Unvaccinated performers and staff must wear masks or approved face coverings at all rehearsals and performances. Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of the Pfizer/BioTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine or 14 days after their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.

About the Show:

I​n a Berlin nightclub, as the 1930’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the ​Cabaret​. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret​ explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. As time passes, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent. 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.” The Kander and Ebb classic score includes numbers such as “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Two Ladies,” and “Cabaret.”

Performance Dates:

 

Character Descriptions:

The role of The Emcee has been cast.

Sally Bowles: Sally Bowles: Female, 20s-30s, a transient English second rate cabaret singer living in Berlin. She entangles herself with Clifford and they begin a fated relationship. Speaks with a British accent. – Mezzo: low A to high C, strong belt.

Clifford Bradshaw: Male, 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: low A to high E.

Fraulein Schneider: Female, 50s-60s, the owner of a boarding house in Berlin. She rents rooms to several of the show’s characters. Speaks with a German accent. – Alto: low D to Ab above Middle C.

Herr Schultz: Male, 50s-60s, A Jewish fruit-stand owner and the love interest of Fraulein Schneider. Speaks with a German accent. – Tenor: low G to High F.

Ernst Ludwig: Male, 30s – 40s, an up and coming political figure in the Nazi political party. Speaks with a German accent. – Tenor, flexible voice preferred,

Boy Soprano: “Tomorrow Belongs to Me” Pre-Recorded.

Fraulein Kost: Female, 20s-30s, a prostitute living and working in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house and often at odds with Schneider. Speaks with a German accent. – Alto/Mezzo: low A to high F. *Will be doubling as a Kit Kat Girl*

The following roles will double as Kit Kat Girls/Boys and various roles throughout the show. seeking strong singers in all voice parts; the individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and as club patrons; the Kit Kat Girls can be of various shapes and sizes–the key is that they are comfortable with their femininity and scanty costumes that show off sex appeal; The Kit Kat Boys should be comfortable with portraying free in gender depictions. (“Two Ladies,” “If You Could See Her,” etc.) will be drawn from this group; excellent dance skills required. *Actor Musicians are strongly encouraged to audition for the ensemble of Cabaret. Please let us know if/what instruments you can play at your audition!*

The Kit Kat Girls:
Rosie

Lulu
Frenchie
Texas
Fritzie

Helga

 

The Kit Kat Boys:
Bobby
Victor
Hans

Herman

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