‘Cabaret,’ A Cautionary Tale

In our photo, the Emcee is surrounded by naive Bradshaws and wise Bowles.

cast of the Kit Kat Klub surrounds the Emcee

Photo: John Kinzer

Left to right: Kurt Semmler as Clifford Bradshaw, Hannah Slabaugh as Sally Bowles, Evan Mayer as the MC, Jamie Anderson as Sally Bowles, and Landon Scott as Clifford Bradshaw.

Event Information

Cabaret

musical based on "I Am a Camera"


Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center

April 13-14 and 17-20, 2012

IU Auditorium Box Office 855 1103

In Cabaret at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center two of the leads find a dual quality to their characters in a cautionary tale.

Entertaining And Threatening

Evan Mayer plays the Emcee at the Kit Kat Klub. “The Emcee has to be a very entertaining figure,” says Mayer. Our director George Pinney has incorporated a lot of dancing into the role which really heightens the entertaining aspect of the part.” But Mayer goes on to a dark aspect. “Outside the cabaret there’s a kind of puppet master feel. The role of the Emcee has been very interesting to discover and to experiment with.”

Accents From NYC In The 60s And Weimar In The 20s

Jamie Anderson who has the role of the English girl Sally Bowles says that enjoys the
challenge of the accent. “I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with different dialects,” says Anderson. “In the IU production of Hair I got to do a little New York, playing the Mom role.” She reflected briefly on the similarity of Hair’s New York City in the 60s and Weimar, Germany in the 30s with “You’d be surprised at how similar it actually is, truly.”

Decadent Joy And Doom

In some ways Sally Bowles, like the Emcee shows two sides. “Yes, she’s this wonderfully attractive figure, but with a streak of doom especially with the pregnancy and the abortion,” said Anderson. “It’s definitely been a challenge to show both. At the same time, she represents something so big in this production, the ignorance…how they chose to ignore all the terrible things that were happening outside the club. It’s wonderfully decadent and such a fun role, but it represents so many issues of what was happening at the time.”

A Cautionary Tale

Mayer added, “There’s definitely an element of ‘this could happen here’ in our production. Just kind of a message that says you have a voice, in politics you have a voice in this country stand up for what you believe in.” “Let’s learn from our past,” added Anderson.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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