Come to the 'Cabaret'

'Cabaret' characters Sally and the master of ceremonies.

Junior Emmy Cuvelier (right) and senior Jacob Hopson portray Sally and the master of ceremonies, respectively, in a production of Cabaret staged by ISU Theatre and the music department. Photo by Nancy Thompson.

The audience will be transported to prewar Berlin for ISU Theatre's production of the Broadway musical Cabaret. The adult-themed show, which runs the next two weekends at Fisher Theater, opens Friday, Nov. 4.

Sally (junior Emmy Cuvelier) is a British singer performing in the Kit Kat Club, an underground nightclub hosted by an outrageous master of ceremonies (senior Jacob Hopson). Cliff (senior Christopher Culver) is an American writer who arrives in the city to work on his novel. The relationship between Sally and Cliff develops as the Nazi Party gains momentum, complicating their lives and the lives of those around them. Decisions made during the uncertain times reverberate as the future unfolds.

"Just as the original Cabaret hauntingly reflected the blistering society of 1960s America, our production inescapably parallels our own world today -- 2016 America and, in particular, the shockingly subversive 2016 presidential race," director Brad Dell said. "Cabaret illuminates just how easily horror can take hold if we abandon the truth, look the other way, or blindly say 'we have no troubles here.'"

Cabaret is one of two productions ISU Theatre will present in cooperation with the music department this season. A musical version of Little Women will run on weekends, March 31-April 9, 2017.

Show times for Cabaret are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets, available at the Iowa State Center ticket office, through Ticketmaster or at the door, are $24 ($16 for students).