By Josette Keelor -- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Schultz Theatre's upcoming show "Cabaret" is a deviation from the norm at the New Market theater, but director Brandon Heishman said it's a leap in the right direction.
The theater's past has been kind of a mix, he said, because it has offered a variety of serious plays and farces, as well as musicals, "And this is a combination of all that in one show."
Based on the 1972 Oscar-winning musical film, it's both dark and lighthearted.
"It's just a really good mix of everything," said Heishman, who was musical director at Schultz for "Cinderella" and "Little Shop of Horrors."
For this show, he's doing both, and many of the actors also have performed in other shows at Schultz, Heishman said.
"It's kind of cool to get so many of them in one show together," he said.
"There's some real talent here," Heishman said, but added, "It's a tough show to cast."
In the lead as Cliff Bradshaw, Jake DuVall Early plays a gay man in a relationship with a woman, Sally Bowles, played by Paige Fridell.
"The basic plot is Cliff is an American who is a novelist and he's on his way around Europe looking for inspiration for his latest novel," Heishman said.
Cliff winds up in 1929 Berlin in the midst of a tumultuous political situation and decadent night life, Heishman said.
"It's kind of an odd show., I told them it's less about [a] leading star and more about a collective group of people."
Other characters are Fraulein Schneider, played by Lisa Lewis; Tim Reger, as Herr Schultz; and Tyler Everett Adams as theemcee, who tells the story.
Herr Schultz, a Jewish man, lives in the fraulien's house, Heishman said.
Their relationship is an expression of tolerance.
"She has to deal with the fact that he's Jewish and she's a business owner," Heishman said.
"The characters are really well developed," Heishman said. "They're really vibrant and funny."
Still, he warned, the play is geared toward mature audiences.
"It's great to see the Schultz growing and growing," he said. "Each show just seems to be getting better."
"Cabaret" will begin at The Schultz Theatre, at 9357 N. Congress St. in New Market on Aug. 3 and run through Aug. 12. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors in advance, or $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors at the door. For more information, call 740-9119.