By: Victoria Cann
Radford University’s spring performance, Cabaret, will be held in Pridemore Playhouse opening March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Cabaret is a Broadway musical that has been performed time and time again. The setting is based in Germany between the wars. The lead lady, Sally is a dancer at the Kit Kat Cabaret. She ends up falling for two men; one for money, one for love. Sally wants to become a big star one-day but lives a very destructive lifestyle. All the while there are hidden facts and hints of history throughout the storyline.
Those performing in cabaret come from a variety of backgrounds and majors. The College of Visual and Performing Arts makes up the majority of the cast. Those from the theatre department are performing as well as running the creation of the set, the behind the scenes stage work, and the technical aspects. It is a great way for the students from different majors to interact and learn to work with other people.
Auditions were held in fall semester before winter break. Rehearsals started as soon as school began again in January. They have been hard at work rehearsing every weekday until the last week of February when weekend rehearsals also began. At first, rehearsals were split into sections such as dialect, music, and dance. The student actors were learning something new every day.
Caleb Waybright, a junior dance major, is also excited for the show. Being a transfer student, the rehearsal process is not what Waybright is used to but he enjoys the people he is working with. He is playing Bobby, who is one of the Kit Kat boys.
“This is a really great experience for everyone that is a part of it,” Waybright said. “I know the show will be a good one.”
As it gets closer to opening night, they have started putting together the entire show. Run-throughs of the show have begun to fall in place while the set is being made for the stage. JoBeth Hardin, a sophomore dance major, has a part as a Kit Kat girl. She will be on stage dancing and singing throughout the night.
“It’s such a wonderful opportunity to work with artists who come from different backgrounds. It is going to be a great show and I cannot wait to perform for the Radford community,” said Hardin.
Tickets will be available at the Pridemore Playhouse box office the week before the show starts. Tickets are free with an RU I.D. This is a great opportunity to support the Radford University arts as well as enjoy a wonderful show.