The Big Tent at The Red Barn
About the Show:
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies."
Cabaret opened on Broadway on November 20, 1966, and played for 1,165 performances at the Broadhurst, Imperial, and Broadway Theatres. The London production ran for 336 performances at the Palace Theatre. The show was revised for Broadway, first in 1987, when it played for 261 performances at the Imperial and Minskoff Theatres, and again in 1998 at Studio 54, where it played for 2,377 performances. In 2014, Cabaret returned to Broadway at Studio 54, playing an additional 388 performances. (Concord Theatricals Website)
About the Directors:
Carolyn hails from upstate New York and splits her time between the Catskills and the Bronx, where she teaches English at Fordham Prep. She also serves as Theatre Program Director at Onteora Club in Tannersville and Outreach Director with Catskill Mountain Shakespeare. She is dedicated to youth advocacy, community engagement, and anti-racism. Her experiences as a performer, director, and arts educator run the gamut and include work with a variety of professional theatre companies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations (NY, LA, Phoenix). She cares deeply about creating opportunities for folks of all ages to find joy, healing, and growth through the arts -- both on and off stage. Graduate of Yale University (BA), New York University, Steinhardt (MA), UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television (MFA), and The Second City Conservatory. Proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE).
Paris is very excited to be making her professional directorial debut with this production of "Cabaret." Prior to this production, Paris has assistant directed a production of Honk (2020) at Windham-Ashland-Central School. She has also worked as a private voice coach with young students ranging from ages 7 to 16 years old. Paris is very excited to be making a handful of professional debuts throughout this 2022 - 2023 performance season. This past December she made her professional classical singing debut at the "Fete de Noel" Gala in Rochester, NY. In the Summer of 2022, Paris made her professional percussion debut, performing in the pit band for Into The Woods for productions in both Tannersville and Poughkeepsie, NY. She is excited to be able to bring a unique business perspective to the arts community, as a Project Manager currently enjoying her first official position working remotely with a tech implementation company. Paris will be receiving a B.A. degree in Voice Performance and a B.S. degree and a fellowship minor from SUNY Geneseo in 2024. She is very thankful for all of the opportunities she has been getting at the start of her career, and hopes everyone will enjoy the show as much as she is.