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Come to the Cabaret June 17-19 at Penfield Amphitheater

The Webster Thomas Players present Cabaret, live and in person, June 17-19 at the Penfield Amphitheater. Determined to produce a live musical this year, Director Brenda Nitsch has found a way to bring the Webster Thomas Players back to the stage. Things will look a bit different this year in order to create a COVID-safe event, including a smaller cast and orchestra, and a new outdoor venue: the Penfield Amphitheater. Seating will meet distancing requirements.

Cabaret poster
Set in 1929–1930 Berlin as the Nazis are gaining power, the musical focuses on the hedonistic nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around a relationship between American writer Cliff Bradshaw (Cole Weisensel) and English cabaret performer Sally Bowles (Isabelle Nitsch). A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider (Brynn Smith) and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz (Jake Groff), a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is Kit Kat Klub Emcee (Tessa DeGrace), and the club itself serves as a metaphor for the ominous political developments in Germany at the time.

This production will be PG-13, but the subject matter is most appropriate for mature audiences, addressing issues around anti-Semitism and political fanaticism. Audiences will recognize many of the legendary musical numbers such as "Willkommen", "Don't Tell Mama", “Maybe this Time”, "Money", and of course, "Cabaret". This exceptional cast boasts several students going on to study the performing arts in college. Don’t miss this opportunity to welcome live theatre back to the local stage!

Tickets are available now for all three upcoming shows:
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, June 18, 2021, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 19, 2021, 7:30 PM

RAIN DATE FOR ALL SHOWS: Sunday, June 20, 2021, 7:30 PM.

Advanced purchase, reserved seats are $12 and available online now at General admission “bring your own” lawn chair ($10) or blanket ($25) options are also available, see details on the website.

About the Webster Thomas Players:
Webster Thomas High School’s outstanding annual musical productions are designed to be a growth experience for students interested in any aspect of theatre, from set design and lighting, to acting and stage crew. Student participants must maintain good academic standing, which requires a strong commitment to both endeavors. Brenda Nitsch has directed their last 19 shows. She is joined by Kapil Dass, choreographer; Amanda Von Rathonyi, vocal director; Heather Watras, music director; Justin Gass, technical director; and Virginia Monte, costume design. More information is available on the website:
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