‘Life is a cabaret, old chum’

Stop by the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the emcee and the ensemble take the stage and entice the crowd to leave their troubles behind.

Spring Lake Park High School theater department presents “Cabaret” opening April 24.
Spring Lake Park High School theater department presents “Cabaret” opening April 24.Photo submitted

Spring Lake Park High School theater performs the iconic “Cabaret,” opening April 24.

Set in Berlin in the early ‘30s, the story follows a nightclub singer, Sally Bowles, working in a cabaret during the rise of nationalism and the Nazi Party.

Along with the rest of the residents who live in her boarding house and fellow club performers, Sally is swept up in a live-for-today lifestyle, oblivious to the dark clouds forming on society’s horizon.

Director Kevin Dutcher described his high school troupe’s production of the play.

“This is very unique and challenging show to do anywhere, but especially so at a high school. The subject matter is difficult, and we were faced with a big challenge in editing the script to make it appropriate for a high school audience while maintaining the integrity of the story,” Dutcher said. “We are stressing the social and political upheaval that was taking place – and of course this is embedded with a series of incredible, show-stopping songs.”

“People should come to see the wonderful songs, the fantastic choreography, the stunning set, and the moving, human story of the people swept up in the sea change that washed over Germany in the early 1930s,” he said.

“Cabaret” takes the stage at the Spring Lake Park High School Fine Arts Center, 1100 81st Ave., Spring Lake Park.

Performances are 7 p.m. April 24 and 25 and May 2 and 3; a matinee will be performed 1 p.m. May 3.

All matinee tickets are $5; other tickets are available at the door ($11 adults, $9 seniors, $6 students), but you can save $1 per ticket by ordering online. Follow the links at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/TicketOffice.

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