DAC Stage is holding auditions for its spring musical, Cabaret, on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall.
Audition detail: Open auditions for women who should come prepared with a song and sheet music if song is not from the show. Sides will be provided. Dancers will be asked to learn a short combination.
Produced by: Darien Arts Center Stage in collaboration with the-lipstick-project. An all-female production of Cabaret, book Masteroff, Music & Lyrics: Kander & Ebb
Director: Carin Zakes Musical DIrector: Dwayne Condon Choreographer: Caitlin Roberts
Rehearsals: two to three weekday evenings and one weekend afternoon through tech week.
Performance dates: April 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8 p.m., April 29, May 6 at 2 p.m.
Cabaret takes place from 1929-1930, a time when Berlin, in the midst of a post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party.
Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.”
Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance.
As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent; Ernst, Cliff’s first German friend, turns out to be an up-and-coming member of the Nazi Party, and Herr Schultz, a fellow boarder at Fraulein Schneider’s guest house), is the victim of an Anti-Semitic hate crime.
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.”
See character breakdown at the Darien Arts Center website.
Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community.
The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre as well as special events and community theatre produced by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees and ticket sales fund.
The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.