May 28th - August 30th
Come see Kander & Ebb’s classic musical as you’ve never seen it before as the Oregon Cabaret space is transformed into the Kit Kat Klub in all of its 1930s Berlin decadence.
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One of its scenes, “Mein Herr,” starts carefully then explodes into possibly the most dynamic, visually enthralling pieces of musical theater in 30 years of viewing Cabaret productions.
Playing the role to perfection is the incomparable Jillian Van Niell, whose singing and dancing talent is second only to her stellar acting ability. She nails every song and dance, but reaches her zenith in her final musical number, Cabaret.
As the Emcee, Stevens is masculine, impudent and seductive. He is the sardonic observer, dismissing the Nazis as marginalized bullies and their rise to power as an aberration — until he is swept up by the political consequences.
But it is Ashland’s own Tamara Marston, as boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider, who gives this production of “Cabaret” its unexpected depth and poignancy. Fraulein Schneider is the “good German.” She is a survivor, prepared to hunker down and not call attention to herself to keep her world intact.
About the Show
Cliff, a young American writer, arrives in Berlin to find inspiration but quickly falls into the world of the Kit Kat Klub where he meets and falls for a young Sally Bowles, the mercurial British headliner. Come hear your favorite Kander & Ebb songs including the classic numbers Wilkommen, Cabaret, Maybe this Time, and Mein Herr.
After 21 previews, the original Broadway production, directed by Harold Prince and choreographed by Ron Field, opened on November 20, 1966 at the Broadhurst Theatre, eventually transferring to the Imperial and then the Broadway before finally completing its 1,165-performance run. The original production won eight Tonys and the 1998 revival won four.
While Cabaret does not contain any profanity, nudity, or strong violence, it does have adult themes and strong sexual content. Were it a movie, it would likely be rated PG-13.
The Artistic Team
Jillian Van Niel
Jillian has previously appeared at the Cab in The Winter Wonderettes, Dogpark, and as Ruby in OCT's recent production of Dames at Sea. Some of her favorite credits include: The National Tour of The Addams Family, A Christmas Carol, Young Frankenstein, Winter Wonderettes, Grease, My Fairytale, Hairspray, Pride and Prejudice, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Curtains, The Music Man, Twelfth Night, Songs for a New World. For more info, visit www.jillianvanniel.com.
After completing a year and a half with Phoenix Entertainment's national/international tour of Broadway's The Addams Family, Galloway portrayed Jud Fry in the R&H classic Oklahoma! at central California's PCPA in the summer of 2014. Since then he has appeared in Crazy For You as Lank Hawkins and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl with Prather Entertainment. Some of Galloway's previous favorites also include 9 to 5: The Musical (Franklin Hart), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vice Principal Panch), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), and King Mongut in the Rogers & Hammerstein classic The King & I.
Paul Garcia has been an Ashland resident for 15 years. He studied acting and directing in the BFA program at Southern Oregon University before joining the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During his time at OSF, he performed in Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and King Lear. Some of Paul’s credits include The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, The Laramie Project, and The Oresteia Trilogy. Over the last nine years Paul has voiced over 130 audiobooks including the works of Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Bloch, Octavio Paz, James Sallis, Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury, and Dan Savage. Paul recently assistant directed Backwards in High Heels under Christopher George Patterson for OCT. This will be Paul’s first OCT performance.
John has acted and sung on stage for Pioneer Players, Classic American Theatre, Cuesta Interact, SLO Little Theatre, Centerpoint Theatre, Cal Poly, Lake Arrowhead Theatre Company, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria and Solvang, as well as Commercials, Film and Television. John has also directed over 50 productions in SLO county, including the Atascadero Centennial Musical Colony. John wrote a Christmas film for BBC, The Bird's Christmas Carol.
Tamara has been an actor, singer and director in the Rogue Valley for over 25 years, and is rather overcome to be back at OCT in her 17th show here since 1989, and in its exciting new incarnation. Last seen here in Whodunit (pictured left), her other OCT appearances include Cindy Rella (all three!), Nunsense, Kathy and Mo, Parcel From America, and Kickin' The Clouds Away, a treasured memory of sharing stage and dance with the late, beloved Jim Giancarlo. Other Oregon productions include Woody Guthrie’s American Song, The Odd Couple, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Nickeled and Dimed. Recently, she’s served as Director and Music Director for Teen Music Theatre of Oregon and Oregon Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Tamara is also a choir director and audiobook narrator of over 70 titles.
Matt received his BFA from SOU and his MFA in classical performance from Florida State. His past performances include the Asolo Rep and five productions in two seasons at OSF, including Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2003 and The Visit in 2004. This is his second time playing Ernst in Cabaret, previously seen in Roger DeLaurier's 2002 production at SOU.
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A Louisiana native, Kerry received his BFA from Northwestern State University in Theatre & Dance, along with studies in Composition and Choreography with Pia Wyatt & dance study with Master Roberto Munoz & Melinda Roy. Kerry was a past dance instructor for The New School of Dance and Theatre in Chicago, IL. Performance credits include Mungojerrie in CATS, Mike Costa in A Chorus Line, Frank Shultz in Showboat and Simon of Legree in The King and I. Other Credits include Universal Studios, Osaka Japan, New Regency Films and Choreography for the 2015 National Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Leah received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Rhode Island and was most recently seen as Mrs. O'Kelly in The Shaugraun at The Great American Melodrama. Other Credits include Female Authority Figure in Legally Blonde (PCPA Theatrefest), Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers (TGAM), and Francisca in West Side Story (PCPA).
Layli has performed regionally at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Morgan Wixon Theatre, and the Norris Center of the Performing Arts. She has a BFA from SFUAD, and completed the training program at the PCPA Acting conservatory.
Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Haley has been doing musical theatre and plays for over a decade and has recently graduated with two theatre degrees including a Bachelor’s from the University of Nevada Reno. She has performed in Reno, Nevada for a number of years, playing Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, and Miranda in The Tempest. Cabaret is her first production with the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.