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Cabaret : the hidden realities of Berlin in the 1930s

Cabaret was performed at the Tryon Festival Theatre in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 5. The actors were students of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their excellent acting, set-making and music made the performance perfect.

Written by Aejin Shin

A ticket

The setting for the musical “Cabaret” is the Kit Kat Club in Berlin in the 1930s. This was a period of great historical importance and confusion. The performance vividly shows the suffering of ordinary citizens -including American novelist Cliff and his roommate Sally- because of the change in a country’s political ideology and confusion. It showed a part of ordinary life through historical events and some sensitive topics such as eroticism, sex and homosexuality. It begins with an American writer named Cliff traveling to Germany to get the inspiration that he needed to write his novel.

waiting for the start of the performance with the booklet

Music

In Cabaret, music helps to deliver the characters’ messages. This is definitely a kind of musical, so it’s meaningless to discuss the show without music. However, Cabaret’s music is quite different from the usual musicals’ composition. Ordinary musicals play romantic songs that contrast with miserable plots, making audiences forget about the difficulties of reality. However, most of the songs played in the performance do not make the audience forget the miserable reality, but make them feel more afraid of the Nazism. For example, with the ending song, ‘Farewell’, one can fully guess that Cabaret’s audience is no longer ordinary public but Nazi party members.

Overall, the songs played during the show are typical jazz and swing in the 1920s and 30s. Also, the characters sing about what they want – love, a beautiful future, and their own beliefs. Every character wants different things, but the energy they emit in an unstable, dangerous, finite life touched me so much. I like the music because it was quite emotional, so it sets the mood, and I can understand what the characters feeling through the music. Also, the music was catchy. So, I could sing it after the performance ended.

the atmosphere was exciting, and people there were anticipating the performance.

Set

This set shows Berlin at that time very effectively. Two structures rotated and showed new backgrounds. These rotations made a variety of sets, including nightclubs, housing complexes, trains, apartments and fruit shops. This allowed the transition between scenes to be natural.

the band plays on stage

The performance was a combination of funny and sexual comedies and exaggerated expressions. Complex set designs and perfect music allow the audience to focus more on the performance. This performance was more on the love story between people in 1920s and 30s and their lives rather than the big history like WW1 and Nazis, and it makes the performance more interesting. I would like to recommend this performance to everyone!

Berlin: The Place Where You can Be Whoever You Want To Be

If you ever felt like you couldn’t be your true self perhaps you weren’t in Berlin. 
Written by Jackie Dominguez De Paz

Before the musical began in Tyron Festival Theatre.

Cabaret, a true masterpiece full of meticulous details that truly made the show shine! This musical not only made you feel like you could connect with the characters such as Sally, Clifford, Fraulein Schneider or even Herr Schultz but it made you feel like you were part of the show!

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Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome to Cabaret

Cabaret was performed on Friday night, March 6 2020, in the Tryon Festival Theatre. Set in the new year of 1930, the audience was met with a risqué performance in a controversial era of Berlin, Germany.

Written By Zackarya Faci

Cabaret was a musical performance that brought to life some key aspects of history but mainly focused on telling a story of love and lust. It was set in a time period that “could have gone another way”, according to the director. Overall, the performance provided insight into how free and scandalous lives were for some Germans prior to the rise of the Nazi Party.

The musicians practicing before the performance began.
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The Tale of Cabaret

The cast of the play Cabaret set out to deliver a wonderfully unique performance filled with spinning set pieces and music that only enhanced the performance.

Written by Willa Wu

The play Cabaret is set in Berlin, Germany, from 1929 to 1930.  Initially, I was a bit surprised at the choice in the time period.  After all, this was before Hitler’s rise, and after the financial crash of 1929.  However, the director’s note in the program provided insight on the choice; the “in-between” space, as Latrelle Bright, the director calls it, is “a space where one can almost imagine maybe, it could have gone another way.”  The play, although set during a time where the Nazis held some power, focused rather on the love triangle that was created. 

The night’s ticket stub and the entrance of the Tryon Festival Theatre.
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