Willkommen! Cabaret is an 8-time Tony Award winning musical that takes place in Berlin, Germany in the midst of a post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. In addition to a budding romance between Cliff and Sally, is the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. The club serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany. As time passes the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent. With a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation and a score featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds “the mirror up to nature.”
Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood.
This musical is Rated R. Due to adult content, themes, and language this show is not recommended for children.
You are not required to attend all three nights of auditions to be considered for a role. Please arrive a few minutes early to allow time to fill out your audition form. If you would like to audition but are unable to attend the scheduled audition dates please contact the director to schedule an early audition. (Contact information below.)
- All actors auditioning for speaking roles will be asked to audition with a German accent. Women auditioning for Sally Bowles should speak with an English accent.
- This show contains intimate moments and movements. The Kit Kat Ensemble in particular should be aware (and comfortable) with this, and *there is an onstage same sex kiss between Cliff and Bobby.
- This show deals with a number of very serious themes including the Holocaust. If these themes might be disturbing to you, you should not audition.
- Only people over 18 should audition (except for those auditioning for the role of Tomorrow Boy).**
Music Audition Requirements:
•People should prepare a song they feel best suits their vocal ability.
•Song should be between 16-32 measures, or around a minute in length.
•Please have cuts clearly marked for the accompanist.
Dance Audition Requirements:
•Be prepared to move, so bring water (and a small towel if you need it). You will be doing a small portion of choreography from the show led by the show’s choreographer.
*Tennis shoes, dance shoes, or character shoes are acceptable. NO bare feet, socked feet, sandals, etc.
In addition to the song and dance portions of the auditions you may also be asked to read from the script.
Master of Ceremonies (Emcee): The host at the Kit Kat Klub. Men and women are welcome to audition. Vocal range is tenor C#5Db5 to C3. Speaks with a German accent.
Sally Bowles: English actress & cabaret singer. Mezzo-Soprano
*Clifford (Cliff) Bradshaw: an American writer traveling through Berlin. Baritone
Ernst Ludwig: A German man who befriends Cliff when he arrives in Berlin, Speaks with a German accent.
Fräulein Schneider: An older woman who runs the boarding house that Cliff and Sally live in. Speaks with a German accent. Alto
Herr Schultz: An older Jewish fruit shop owner who falls in love with Fraulein Schneider. Speaks with a German accent. Baritone
Fräulein Kost (doubles as Kit Kat Dancer): A prostitute who rents in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house; also one of the Kit Kat Klub performers. Speaks with a German accent. Mezzo-Soprano
**Tomorrow Boy: A younger teen male (who looks to be approximately 12-14 years of age). This role is singing only; will have a solo of the song "Tomorrow Belongs to Me." He has no other lines, and will appear in only two scenes. This role is an exception to the 18+ rule for auditions.
The Kit Kat Klub Ensemble: All gender identities and ethnicities welcomed. You should be comfortable with your body and with physical interaction with other actors.
Fritzie (Fräulein Kost)
We will also be auditioning additional men and women (of a variety of ages) as patrons of the Kit Kat Club.
If you have additional questions or need to schedule an early audition date, please contact Director – John Poling at [email protected]