Oradell, NJ, August 16, 2016 – Bergen County Players, the New Jersey Association of Community Theater’s “2015 Community Theater of the Year”, is proud to open its 84th season with the Tony Award winning musical, Cabaret. With book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Cabaret is a cautionary tale about a society in trouble and their escape from reality. Under the direction of Alan Demovsky, Cabaret will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from September 10th through October 8th, 2016. Shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $24 for all performances and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours.
Set in 1931 Berlin, Cabaret primarily takes place amid the nightlife of the seedy Kit Kat Klub. Life there revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer, Cliff Bradshaw. Overseeing the action is the mysterious Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, which serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in Germany as the Nazis rise to power. Director Alan Demovsky encourages the audience to ask questions: “Why have so many versions of this story been told for almost 100 years? Is it truly a cautionary tale? Can this happen again? Is it perpetually happening?”
Demovsky, of New City, NY has an interesting background and is the “go to” person for Robert Osborne of Turner Classic Movies in his lecture series as Film Historian at venues across the United States. He also directs readings for the Emmy Awards New York chapter ongoing program to encourage new playwrights. He has directed 20 productions including A View from the Bridge, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Ballroom, The Laramie Project, Twelfth Night, Grey Gardens, and the original opera The Dybuk. He has also appeared on stage in numerous plays and musicals including Six Degrees of Separation, Crossing Delancey, Oliver!, and Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, to name a few. In his spare time, Alan volunteers weekly at The Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood.
The talented cast of Cabaret features Jimmy Vinetti of Bloomfield as the Emcee and Messalina Morley of Ridgewood as Sally Bowles. Also featured are Stavros Adamides of Spring Valley, NY (Cliff), Robin Peck of River Edge (Fraulein Schneider), Brian Feldman of New City, NY (Herr Schultz), Janet Gaynor-Matonti of River Edge (Fraulein Kost), James Lugo of Congers, NY (Ernst Ludwig), Paul Reitnauer III of Englewood (Max), Julie Wendholt of Nyack, NY (Chanteuse), Elisabeth Erdmann of Nutley, Elissa Hickey of Oradell, Dani Letsche of Rutherford, Alison Miller of Leonia, Briana Brink-Rivera of Flushing, NY and Deborah Zika of Hillsdale (Kit Kat Girls), Paula O'Brien of Park Ridge (Herman, Kit Kat Boy), Christopher Zika of Hillsdale (Bobby), Matt Blum of Paramus (Victor) and Nate Feldman of New City, NY (Boy).
The production team is comprised of Alan Demovsky (Director), Steve Bell (Musical Director), Michele Roth (Producer), Meegan Mahoney (Stage Manager/AD), Dottie Fischer (Mentor), Steve Dougherty (Choreographer), David Arts and Christopher Zika (Fight Coordinators), Rachel Gordon (Dialect Coach), Ron Drobes (Set Design/Construction), Rhea Smith (Set Decor), Chantale Bourdages (Specialty Décor), Michael Smith (Projection Design), Ray Poquette (Lighting Design), Paul Reitnauer (Sound Design), Bunny Mateosian, Ruth Morley and James Dolan (Costumes), Richard Ciero and Christine Francoise (Props), Gloria Bumbaco, Teri Noel and Cassie Romano (Crew), Kathleen Ruland and Adam Feldman (Lighting Operators), David Luke (Follow Spot Operator), Bob Ouellette (Sound Operator), Joann Lamneck (Make-Up), Kahyo Eguchi (Make-Up), Jennifer Cottone (Publicity), Barbara Mintz and Steve Mintz (Photography), Chris Nelson (Programs), Marci Weinstein (Program Notes) and Annette Jacobs (Member at Large).
TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION
Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.