2007 – Cabaret

ARC’s 2007 production was Cabaret. The show marked ARC’s 15th production and presented many challenges to the company. The show proved to be a smashing success for ARC with great audience response to the energetic cast.

Synopsis

As the Nazis begin their rise to power in Germany in the late 1920s, American writer Clifford Bradshaw visits Berlin. After making a few friends and finding housing, Clifford visits the sleazy Kit Kat Club and meets an English singer, Sally Bowles. The writer and singer soon fall in love. Meanwhile, Clifford’s elderly landlord, Fraulein Schneider, gets engaged to a Jewish greengrocer, Herr Schultz – not an easy decision given the increasing influence of the Nazis. Soon, Clifford discovers that he has been inadvertently helping the Nazis by delivering packages to Paris for a German friend of his, Ernst Ludwig. Clifford ends up deciding to return to the United States but Sally, after aborting their baby, decides to remain in Berlin.

Cabaret is considered by many as an important piece of theatre due to its illustration of many issues and themes during the run-up to the coming of power of the Nazis under Adolf Hitler. The Show – based on the play I am a Camera (John van Druten) which was in turn based on the novel Goodbye to Berlin (Christopher Isherwood) – has seen two revivals (1987 and 1998) and won numerous Tonys in its time. Cabaret ran for a total of 2377 performances before it closed in January 2004 and has since had numerous successful amateur productions.

Performance season

The performance season ran over two weeks and included 7 performances:

  • Friday 6th July at 8pm
  • Saturday 7th July at 8pm
  • Thursday 12th July at 8pm
  • Friday 13th July at 8pm
  • Saturday 14th July at 2pm (matinee) & 8pm

Cabaret was held at the Banyule Theatre, Buckingham Drive, Heidelberg.

Producers (ARC Committee)

President Stuart Ford
Vice President Nick Durbridge
Treasurer Vickie Zarifopoulos
Secretary Jessica Broadbent
General Members Jasmine Dare
Shaila Figueiredo
Emmalee Bell

Artistic Team

Director Brad Mathieson
Assistant Director Zoe Hallwright
Musical Director Daniel Heskett
Choreographer Tanya Mamo
Assistant Choreographer Drew Cippolone
Production Team Manager Andrew Jameson

Production Team

Costume Manager Elissa Hullah
Costumes Assistant Portia Chiminello
Front of House Co-ordinator Lisa Athens
Graphic Designer Stuart Ford
Lighting Designer Russell Allsop
Lighting Assistants Stuart Ford
Shalia Figueiredo
Make-up Designer Morgan Brady
Properties Manager Portia Chiminello
Publicist Tracey Anderson
Publicity Team Member Hang Trinh
Set Construction Manager James Phillips
Set Designer Andrew Jameson
Sound Manager Marcello Lo Ricco
Sound Assistant Vickie Zarifopoulos
Stage Manager Gabrielle Brush
Ticket Secretaries Amelia van Lint
Sara Lacey

Cast

 

Master of Ceremonies (Emcee) Jeremy Taylor
Clifford Bradshaw Mark Kearney
Fraulein Schneider Becca Posterino
Herr Schultz Luciano Parissi
Frauline Kost Emmalee Bell
Sally Bowles Jessica Rae Taylor
Ernst Ludwig Nicholas Durbridge
KitKat Girls Tracey Anderson
Danielle Asciak
Nicole Bartleson
Angie Bedford
Felicity Bender
Sarah Calsina
Portia Chiminello
Rachel Collins
Samantha Ellen Bound
Gemma Foster
Whitney Johnson
Meaghan Kominiarski
Diana Perini
Stephanie Senior
Sheri Todd
KitKat Boys Julian Campobasso
James Phillips
Luis Rivera
Shane Sanfilippo
Mitchell Sanfilippo
Adrian Ventura