The musical Cabaret is gearing up for its opening night on Oct.7 at 8 p.m. Daniel Trevino, adjunct instructor, who has been involved with over 50 musicals at Saddleback College, will also be directing the opening of the 2011-2012 theatrical season.
“Cabaret was selected because of its historical basis relating to the rise of the Nazi’s in early 1930s Germany,” Trevino said. “Also, the theme is very current with what is happening in the world politically, and we can never forget what happened to the Jews and other non-desirables during World War II.”
Cabaret is also a show that is used to train students in the classical musical style. Overall, it is an essential learning tool for all who are interested in the world of theater.
“Cabaret is my favorite musical. Since we found out about it we can’t stop talking about it,” said Chelsea Feller, 23, theater arts, who auditioned for the musical.
All of the actors, dancers, and singers that auditioned are looking forward to being involved with a production in the classical musical style.
Cabaret takes place during the political turmoil of Germany. It is about a classic love story as well as racial prejudice during the 1930s. Cabaret also gives insight into the Cabaret scene as a place for non-conformists.
However, the musical that is being put on at Saddleback is not identical to the original Cabaret. There have been slight variations with the music.
Trevino decided to cut some of the original music and added new songs.
“The scenes are more economical in their telling of the story,” Trevino said.
Cabaret will be performed on Oct. 7, 8, and 12-15 at 8 p.m. as well as on Oct. 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 3 p.m at the Studio Theatre.
Tickets are $13 general, $12 for students and seniors, and $9 with a Saddleback ASB card. To purchase tickets, call the ticket office at (949) 582-4656.
“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a Cabaret, old chum, come to the Cabaret!”