TWIN FALLS — All the glitz, glamour and political upheaval of 1931 Berlin is coming to Twin Falls.
The Magic Valley Repertory Theatre presents “Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 through Nov. 19, with 2:30 p.m. matinees Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 at the Orpheum Theatre. Larry Johnson directs a cast of 22 actors in the musical adapted from the novel The Berlin Stories. Tickets are $10 for balcony, $12 for orchestra, $15 for mezzanine and $50 for a box.
The story follows American novelist Cliff Bradshaw, who has traveled to Berlin, Germany to work on his next novel. He meets Sally Bowles, a beautiful British cabaret singer at the hottest nightclub in town.
While the Nazi party rises, and the Weimar Republic collapses, their love blossoms and unfolds inside the racy Kit Kat Club,
“Berlin, at the time, was a very cosmopolitan city,” Johnson said. “Sort of a city where anything could happen.”
Johnson said the show isn’t R-rated, but it is PG-13.
“It’s a little edgier as far as musicals go,” Johnson said. “It’s a night club and the action takes place in and around the nightclub. It’s a very racy place that’s about to be overrun by a totalitarian society.”
Audiences will also follow the love story of elderly characters Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider. But their love, like many others in the musical, does not end well.
Johnson said the line, “Are we too old for a word like love?” is an emotional part of the show.
“And they are not,” Johnson said. “If you want to experience every emotion, come to this. It defies categorization. It’s so fun and exciting, and at the same time, so sad. None of the relationships in the show last.”
Johnson said people are always asking what shows Magic Valley Repertory Theatre will stage next.
“We’re going to do everything eventually,” Johnson said.
The idea to bring “Cabaret” to the stage was suggested by Jennifer Miller, who plays Sally Bowles. Miller said it’s a role she’s always wanted to play.
“It’s been a dream come true.”
However, Miller still had to audition against others who wanted the role.
“Cabaret is a great show and I’m not getting any younger,” she said.
She took more than a month of dance lessons to prepare for auditions.
“She slayed it,” Johnson said.
Sally Bowles’ character also requires Miller to to drink a raw egg on stage to cure her character’s hangover. It’s a scene she could have faked, but Miller wanted to stay true to the character.
Meghan Burnham plays the Emcee, a character that guides the audience through the story. The Emcee is typically played by a man, but Johnson said the role is always portrayed as gender neutral.
“It’s probably the most ambitious of the shows we have attempted to put on in this area,” Burnham said. “We hope people will embrace it. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for us actors and people in the community.”