Feb. 20, 2018
For Immediate Release
Royal City Musical Theatre
Music by John Kander & Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Director & Choreographer – Valerie Easton
Musical Director – James Bryson
Dates: April 12 – 29, 2018
Previews – April 12 & 13th, Opening Night – Sat. April 14th
7:30pm – Weds, Thurs. Fri. Sat.
2pm – Sat. Matinees Apr 21 & 28
2pm – Sun. Matinees Apr 15th Family Matinee (special price) & Apr 22 & 29
Address: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave, New Westminster
Box Office: ticketsnw.ca or 604-521-5050
Ticket Prices: Adults $48, Seniors/Students $39/Children 13 under $29
Cabaret is a fierce meaty musical classic. This landmark musical, produced by Royal City Musical Theatre, comes from director/producer Harold Prince, and songwriters John Kander & Fred Ebb. A Tony Award winning musical that has been a play, a musical, and a film. A classic!
Based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret is set in 1931 Berlin, which is transitioning from an avant-garde cultural centre to the epicentre of the beginning of Hitler’s totalitarian regime. In this world Cliff (Tim Howe) a struggling American writer arrives. On his first night in Berlin he wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, overseen by the strange, and gender-bending, bawdy “Emcee” (Andrew Cownden), and where the hard-living entertainer Sally Bowles (Lauren Bowler) performs, and nightly a raucous ensemble takes the stage to tantalize the crowd and urges them to leave their troubles outside.
Cliff meets Sally Bowles and a relationship begins and blossoms into a romance. Cliff resides with Sally in the guesthouse of Fraulein Schneider (Cheryl Mullen) who becomes a victim of anti-Semitic hate crimes after she marries Herr Schultz (Damon Calderwood). In time friends turn out to be members of the Nazi party and anti-Semitic hate crimes become the norm.
When he finds out that Sally is pregnant, Cliff decides that they must leave for America at once, before things get worse. Sally, afraid, confused, and unsure that she’ll ever really be able to trade the cabaret lifestyle for motherhood, gets an abortion, and tells Cliff that he must leave without her.
“This is the second time I have directed Cabaret,” stated director and choreographer, Valerie Easton, “ and I find myself loving it again, it is never dated. The script is clever and the music so raunchy, tender, smart and most of all unforgettable. Its content was shocking to audiences in the 60’s but by our standards today pretty tame. Cabaret’s themes are still relevant today; we as a society still have a way to go in regard to racism, prejudice, hatred, and greed.”
Cabaret’s score features songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theatre including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time”. James Bryson, Musical Director, brings the score to life with a full 12-piece orchestra accompanying the talented cast on the big Massey stage.
Ever relevant today, it provides an overwhelming wakeup call and a reminder that things can change suddenly and before you know it, you’re in a scary world.
Come and see this classic. Leave your troubles outside. Life is beautiful at the Cabaret!
Cast: Lauren Bowler (Sally Bowles), Andrew Cownden (The Emcee), Tim Howe (Clifford Bradshaw), Olesia Shewchuk (Fraulein Kost), Cheryl Mullen (Fraulein Schneider), Damon Calderwood (Herr Schultz), Gavin Leclaire (Ernst) – all joined by over 20 talented singers and dancers.
Director & Choreographer: Valerie Easton
Musical Director: James Bryson
Set Designer: Omanie Elias
Lighting Designer: Robert Sondergaard
Sound Designer: Malcolm Ross
Costume Designer: Christopher David Gauthier
Technical Director: Alex House
Producer: Chelsea Carlson
Royal City Musical Theatre
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About Royal City Musical Theatre
Our mission is to bring together theatrical professionals and emerging talent in an inspiring environment to produce exceptional musical theatre that engages the broader community. We produce only large-scale musical theatre shows with community-based casts of as many as sixty on the stage. Very few organizations outside of Broadway or London’s West End are able to mount such large productions.
We have produced twenty-seven prize winning Broadway musicals, which have been universally praised by local media and audiences. Cabaret will be their 29th hit show.
Artistic Director, Valerie Easton
Valerie Easton has been at the helm of RCMT since 2010, having directed the recent successful productions of Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Oklahoma, Hello, Dolly!, The Will Rogers Follies, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the company. Other directing credits include Legally Blonde, Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line, Tom Foolery, Cabaret and The Thing About Men and The Story of My Life.
Valerie has also choreographed in theatres across Canada for over two decades and her most recent work has been seen at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre in the acclaimed productions of Hairspray!, The Buddy Holly Story, Les Miserables, White Christmas, The Producers, Company, Beauty and The Beast, Gypsy, Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Jacques Brel, Singin’ in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Evita, and West Side Story (for which she received a Jessie Award nomination) with the Vancouver Arts Club.
Some of her other choreographic credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Bard on the Beach), Music Man, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Fiddler On the Roof, West Side Story (RCMT), Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan.
Music Director, James Bryson
James Bryson has been a part of the RCMT directing team since the first show in 1990, and always enjoys the challenge of bringing excellent vocal and instrumental work to each production. James began his directing career at the age of 17, when he directed his first choir. Shortly after, he attended UBC where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music and, later, a Master’s Degree. He has been an instrumental and choral instructor for many years, most recently as a High School music teacher in Coquitlam. His instrumental and choral ensembles have received many honours at regional and national festivals. James has presented clinics at provincial and national conventions, adjudicated music festivals in BC, is a guest clinician for school music programs and has been a musical director in several large churches in the lower mainland.
Aside from being RCMT’s long-time musical director, James has musically directed for TUTS and offers events through his own company JAMES PRODUCTIONS, which produces a popular Christmas Pops show and an exciting Broadway Pops! James was pleased to receive an Ovation Award nomination for outstanding Music Director for his work on Hello Dolly with RCMT.