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Life is a Cabaret

First of all I might have stolen that tittle from a show that I'm doing ;).

I have had a hard time figuring out what to write to you all. I'm unsure who my target audience is, or how to best build interesting content that you'll want to come back to again and again. So, if you're so inclined please leave a comment bellow. What do you want to read about? Why are you here today? Let's start a conversation!

Now, I have been working on a little show you may know called Cabaret. One of my new roommates has been confused about this and has asked me on multiple occasions what cabaret show I'm doing again, and I have to repeat that it is a full standard musical that is CALLED Cabaret. I forget that when you're not from the theater world, you may not know about staple shows that don't quite fit the word "classic".

I feel like Cabaret has a strange quality to it because of how it has continued to develop over the years. I'm doing the original 1966 version of the show. This version is almost never done anymore, and though I feel like the differences are few, the whole tone of the show is different.

Alen Cumming in Cabaret (1998)

Joel Grey (the Original Emcee)

Because my director has a strong connection to the original, I studied Joel Grey and his portrayal of the Emcee. The Emcee is almost unreal. He doesn't really exist in the book scenes, and yet he shows up commenting on each scene followed by full cabaret style numbers. He is almost some sort of specter, inhuman, force of nature. I have never done that before. It's exhilarating.

I've also spent countless hours dropping a bamboo cane as I attempt to learn how to twirl it, and every time I drop it, Amy Palagi (Sally Bowles) demands that I hand it over for a 10 minute time out. We go into technical rehearsals this week (where we add costumes, lights, sound, a full band, etc), and I couldn't be more excited for the next step! I'm ready to take it to the next level!

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