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Cabaret is scantily clad and sexually charged

By Jeff Zon
Gazette Staff

Spectators of Cabaret will indulge in a feature that’s not only scantily clad, but also sexually charged. The cabaret genre itself is full of tantalizing innuendoes and suggestive dance maneuvers.

Originally inspired by The Berlin Stories, Cabaret is Christopher Isherwood’s short story collection detailing pre-First World War Germany. With vocal music professor Susan Eichhorn at the helm, the integrity of the original remains intact.

One point of interest: viewers will notice the stage has no wings and cast members are constantly acting even when they’re only in the background. “This is true cabaret,” Eichhorn says.

Eichhorn, who teaches the credit course that delivers Cabaret, is no stranger to the stage. She has previously worked in another production of Cabaret as well as A Little Night Music and Into the Woods. Accompanying her is director Joel Ivany.

His achievements include a Best Director award at last year’s Purple Shorts theatre festival for his work on Eva in a Jar. Ivany is also a fourth-year music student and was immersed in a variety of shows ranging from Shakespeare to opera.

Ivany and his crew were able to track down some of Western’s best on-stage talent. “Dancers in the show have over 10 years of experience,” he says.

How else would the entire production have come together in such a short nine weeks? “We’ve been very professional in our approach,” Ivany explains. “It’s flown by. It’s amazing how fast this has come together.

“Everyone gets along very well and we have such a positive outlook on the show,” he adds.

Ivany’s sentiments are echoed by Jonathan Tan, a third-year music and administration student endowed with the delicate role of master of ceremonies. “I think this is the most talented cast I have ever worked with. Everyone has been so enthusiastic about the show that we’ve spent the rehearsals feeding off each other’s energy,” he says.

Tan himself is a testament to how hard work can be made fun. His humourous manner allows him to endure the trials of long practice hours.

“I auditioned by fluke,” Tan jokes. “That day I walked into the wrong room and right into a tryout. You never know where things will take you.”

Tan, however, is no fluke; he spent last summer with the Port Stanley festival theatre doing Forever Plaid, and is a dedicated actor.

Altogether, Cabaret is the work of 25 actors and numerous students and staff. For those considering going, Ivany guarantees a good time. “There’s something in the show for everyone: sex, tears, fun and plenty of song and dance.”

Performances begin tomorrow, Mar. 11 and run until Saturday, Mar. 20. Tickets range from $15 to $25, with a special student matinee this Saturday, Mar. 13 at 2 p.m.. Tickets are available exclusively at InfoSource in the University Community Centre.



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