“Perfectly Marvelous”

The Berry College Theatre Company’s production of “Cabaret” broke Berry’s box office record with a number of performances selling out. Many audience members even came to see the show multiple times.

Berry offered audiences a warm “Wilkommen”—or rather, a “Welcome”—with Kander and Ebb’s musical which is set in pre-World War II Berlin. The musical focuses around a cabaret in Berlin as the Nazi party is coming to power. American novelist Cliff Bradshaw is captivated by the wild and risqué nature of the city and, especially, cabaret performer Sally Bowles. Throughout the play, Cliff watches as the beautiful city is warped by the Nazi’s rise.

The play features some unforgettable music and Berry’s performers put on a truly phenomenal performance. Junior AnnaBeth Crittenden, who played Sally Bowles, noted that her favorite song was the romantic number “Married” performed by junior Deanna Cunningham (who played Fraulein Schneider), sophomore Eric Jackson (who played Herr Schultz) and senior Sydney Perry (who played Fraulein Kost.)

“We all worked very hard to make Cabaret what it was, and I think it showed.” commented junior Alec Leeseberg. Alec played the Emcee, the leader of the Kit Kat club, who also leads the audience through the ominous setting of the play. Alec explained that his favorite part of the musical was developing the complexity of the Emcee’s character. He also praised his fellow cast and crew and stated “special shows like Cabaret only happen when the entire team is on the same page, and we certainly were.”

Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Jess Bozeman. Photos by Student Photographer Lauren Neumann.