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Lights, Music, Action: Cabaret

On March 6th, 2020 at 7:30pm the Tryon Festival Theatre presented a musical performance entitled ” Cabaret“. This performance brought about musicality, theatre, and dance while trying to portray some of the issues surrounding the time frame, WW1.

Written by: Lydia Amezcua Ramirez

Waiting for the performance to begin while others read more about the performance.

Musicality

In the performance there was many ways of expressing expressing character mood/desire. The songs and music helped carry those messages out. The music and songs in Cabaret worked to give a sense of the world of the play by subtly bringing in issues that all tie in with Cabaret. For example, a character who came from America would go to the Kit Kat Club to drink and enjoy life in Berlin, Germany because that is what most people there seemed to do, live life while partying and still having to find a way to pay rent on time. The Kit Kat Club seemed to be the place where people went to enjoy music and drink, but all of that disappeared by the end of the play when there were no more performers or people in the Kit Kat Club. This was due to the beginning of WW1 when the Nazis took power and streets/places were abandoned.

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The host of the night alongside a grand piano player

The music and songs in Cabaret also worked to give a sense of the dreams of the characters through the beat and emotion that went with the music and songs they sang. For example, one of the characters in the play was a performer in the Kit Kat Club and one of the songs she sang was an upbeat one involving not telling her mother about her being a performer because she was chasing her dream. Towards the end of the play she ended up staying in Berlin, Germany regardless of what was going on around that time frame because she wanted to continue chasing her dream of being a grand performer. The song she sang was more emotional that time around with not as much music behind her that way more emotional tone would be coming from her part.

The host of the night performing in the Kit Kat Club along with other dancers

Set Transitions

In Cabaret, the sets would transition as would any play to show the distinct parts of the Berlin setting. In between each transition, songs would be performed by the characters in the play and if not them then by the host of the night along with his background dancers. The sets of the performance included:

  1. The Kit Kat Club, where performers would perform and others went there to drink.
  2. A Railroad Carriage, where the American coming to Berlin would travel to and back.
  3. Schneider’s Apartment, the landlord lady.
  4. Cliff’s Apartment, the American novelist from America.
  5. Schultz’s Fruit Shop, the person who liked the landlord lady.
  6. The Void, an empty abandoned place.

Overall, Cabaret was a mesmerizing performance filled with a variety of music and performance style that left goosebumps on my arms. What I liked most about the performance was all the energy in the characters that remained up to when the Nazis took control. Life as they knew it would change forever because life was not something that one could spend partying without worries. It became a means of survival and the reality of the world they began to live in.

Caroline Appleby Blog 1

 

The class before Capstones start is always one where there is a great deal of pressure. As a student the main things on your mind are your grades and if you’re ready for the next level. JOUR 550 is a large stepping stone in the journalism school. In this class so far I feel as though I have become a better journalist in a short period of time. Many classes in the past weren’t able to give me critiques that would help further my career but coming into 550 each day knowing that I will leave knowing more then I did the previous class period and that I am one step closer to my end goal is a great feeling.

The first assignment we did was the video essay. I enjoyed this project more then I originally had thought I would. It is a simple but interesting assignment and to see what everyone else did was very fun because it shows different personalities. It was also helpful to get critiques and know what to improve on in our upcoming assignments. One thing I like about this class is that it isn’t focused so much on the grade you are earning but what you’re learning from each assignment and the take aways.

The next assignment was the VO and the VoSotVo. I had made VO’s before but had never done a VoSotVo so that was a learning curve but I overcame it. Choosing a topic for me was the hardest. I couldn’t think of anything that would be able to be accessible and allow video. With choosing my topic late I was decently happy with my video but I do know that there were things that I could improve on. My script writing is something that I am really looking to improve which I have gotten better with being in the news room but I know that there are still things I can improve on.

So far this class has been challenging and like none of my other journalism classes but I am enjoying the challenge. I think we have a very fun class that gets along well and the partners have been very helpful. Katie has been an awesome partner. If either of us have a question we just shoot each other a quick text and she is always happy to help. I look forward to new breaks because I think we will work very well together.

 

Caroline Appleby

 

That’s a Wrap! End of Semester Reflection

Time to check out all the hard work from this semester and reflect!

I cannot believe the semester is almost over. This has been by far one of my favorite classes and I feel sad that it’s over. Professor Collins made this class so enjoyable and I know what I’ve learned in her classroom, I will use in my career.

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Perfection: Free Throw Edition

How to Shoot a Perfect Free Throw

Basketball is a game loved all over the world. It spans over generations and generations and has played a unifying role in uniting individuals of all different kinds of backgrounds. Naturally, with my love for this great sport, I wanted to do my project on one of the most important fundamentals of basketball which has won and lost many games throughout history: the free throw.

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A Plan In Place- Griffin

College Campus Sexual Assaults: What the University of Illinois is doing to solve this issue

In recent months, University of Illinois students at Urbana-Champaign have received campus safety alerts on issues of sexual assaults, three to be exact. This grabbed the attention of not only the staff, students, and faculty of U of I but also well known media outlets like the Chicago Tribune and WGN TV. While these alerts and assaults are always devastating news to hear, U of I is trending upwards as one of the most invested and resource-rich universities that combats sexual assaults.

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A Family Meal – Schmitt

The Varsity Room Staff serves over 700 meals a day to athletic teams at the University of Illinois.

Listen to my audio story here

Varsity Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to varsity athletic teams at the University of Illinois. 250 athletes make their way over to the small cafeteria in the southeast end zone of Memorial Stadium for each meal.

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Built Form

My Inspiration and Original Idea

When we were given this assignment, I knew right away that I wanted to tell a story about a person. And, more importantly, I wanted to give them power in the piece – the power to use their voice. Additionally, because this was a video essay, I knew I needed interesting b-roll. My friend recommended that I talk to one of her Architecture classmates who was working with robotics in one of his courses. Architecture and robots? I was instantly sold on the idea and contacted her classmate right away.  Continue reading

The Dog Days have Just Begun- Sullivan Assignment 3

For this video essay, I had originally planned to do something entirely different. However, my main connection fell through, so I had to go to plan B. One of my coworkers, Joli, has a dog on campus, and I thought it would be interesting to do a video essay about her to get some perspective on what it’s like working, being a student, and taking care of a pet. Plus I love dogs!

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