The Backdoor Playhouse is presenting the musical “Cabaret” beginning Thursday night.
Tech’s Center Stage Series, in cooperation with the English and communications department and the Tech Players, are performing “Cabaret,” with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. It is based on a book by Christopher Isherwood.
Set in 1929 at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power in a seedy Cabaret in Germany, the Emcee, played by Anthony Herd, takes you on a journey through the romances and arguments, joy and pain and hope and failure that is life. “Cabaret” presents the story of everyday people and their existence in the face of the rising darkness of the Nazi party. “Cabaret” explores how the Nazi party altered the history of the world and how those alterations affected the humanity in us all.
Adam Combs, director, said he wants it to “feel like you are walking into the Kit Kat Klub the instant you walk through the door of the theatre, from the lights and costumes to the sets and actors. I really want the audience to feel the like they have been transported to 1929 Germany. I want them to relate to these characters and feel the darkness that is all around this time period, as well as the hope that we have as humanity even in the darkest times.”
Featuring classic musical theatre numbers under the direction of Melinda Richards, the choreography stylings of Jennifer Dotson Creter and a cast of approximately 30 of Cookeville and Tech’s most talented actors, singers and dancers, this production is one not to be missed!
“Cabaret” runs Nov. 8-10, 12, 13, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. A late showing will be Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. and a matinee will be Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
Admission is free for Tech students with their ID. Tickets for general admission cost $12, senior citizen tickets cost $10 and non-Tech student tickets are $5.
For more information contact the Backdoor Playhouse box office at 372-6595 or online at www.tntech.edu/bdph.