Thursday, October 6 2022

SIDNEY – The historic Sidney Theater will present ‘Cabaret!’ a musical and totally immersive dinner theater experience from August 12 to 14.

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a screaming master of ceremonies greets the audience and assures them that they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the host’s bawdy songs as tongue-in-cheek commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady and tumultuous lives of Berlin natives and expats alike as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer who has just arrived in Berlin, is immediately seduced by the English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, owner of Cliff and Sally’s boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit vendor who happens to be Jewish.

A plethora of Shelby County community members are involved in the groundbreaking production.

All ticket holders will be escorted to the stage gates and welcomed into the Kit Kat Klub in true Cabaret style. After being escorted backstage and through the stage doors, guests will be shown to their seats at their reserved table or theater seat. The fully immersive experience makes audiences truly feel like they’ve stepped back in time and into the Kit Kat Klub!

Performances are scheduled for Friday, August 12 at 8 p.m., optional dinner theater begins at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 13 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, August 13, at 8 p.m., the optional dinner theater begins at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m.

Ticketing information is available on the Historic Sidney Theater website, www.sidneytheatre.org.

The cast includes Jenna Allen, Jess Drees, Kate Dudgeon, Isaiah Elsass, Louis Hauff, Chris Hildreth-Blair, Kevin Jones, Savannah Lamb, Paulina Lawson, Elizabeth Maxson, Andrew McLain, Austin Mullennix, Cierra Mullennix, Madison Nuss, McKensie Osborne, Peyton Osborne, David Potts, Dee Shamblin, Elizabeth Shaw, Jay Sherman, Cassandra Turner, Brandon White, Delaney Wilson and Liz Witer.

Technical team members include Josh Stekli, Grace Randall, Aaron Nuss and Ella Gover.

Live orchestra members include John A. Young, Carol Burton, Teckla Dando, Elizabeth Allenbaugh, Kaye Humerickhouse, Jonathan Millhouse, Devan Wiford, Alex Blosser, Hunter Croft and Franklin Streb.

The production is directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz. Directed musically by John A. Young and choreographed by Laney Jaye Shaw.

The cast of “Cabaret!” rehearses Monday night at the Historic Sidney Theatre.

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