The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.
June 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 1988.
Book by Joe Masteroff Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Antony Muzzall – M.C.
Stephanie Prince – Sally Bowles
Peter Barnes – Clifford Bradshaw
Frances Moulton – Fraulein Schneider
Ralph Dawes – Herr Schultz
Betty Dawes – Fraulein Kost
Neil Shepherd – Ernst Ludwig
Peter Joyce – Max
Ronald Cheesman – 1st. Customs Official
Peter Joyce – 2nd. Customs Official
Kit Kat Klub Girls
Sally Bacon – Sophie
Joan Bearman – Mitzie
Joan Braddock – Schatzie
Rosemary Mose – Milly
Margaret Faggetter – Lulu
Doreen Sands – Do-Do
Reg Heselden – German Sailor
Philip O’Brien – German Sailor
Bill Longmuir – German Sailor
Reg Heselden – Taxi Driver
Sheila Neesham – Kit Kat Klub Patron
Vic Gough – Kit Kat Klub Patron
Ronald Cheesman – Kit Kat Klub Patron
Reg Heselden – Kit Kat Klub Patron
Philip O’Brien – Kit Kat Klub Patron
Dave Collis – Waiter
Dave Comber – Waiter
Mark Flower – Waiter
Daphne Thornton – Piano, Kit Kat Klub Band
Ernie Hills – Drums, Kit Kat Klub Band
Julie Smith – Saxophone, Kit Kat Klub Band
Production Secretary – Sue Whittaker
Properties – Margaret Davy
Properties – Sue Whittaker
Lighting – Barrie Bowen
Lighting – Frances Thorne
Set Design & Construction – Ralph Dawes
Set Design & Construction – Brian Box
Set Design & Construction – Mike Davy
Set Design & Construction – Dave Collis
Set Design & Construction – Dave Comber
Stage Manager – Dave Collis
Continuity – Betty Martin
Choreography – Trudy Nash
Front of House Manager – Win Heselden
Box Office – Jill Redman
Programme Note #1: Cabaret
BM wrote: ” ‘There was a city called Berlin – in a country called Germany’ It was 1930 and the Nazis were gaining power …. Two Love Stories – Much Music – Sadness – and Drama.
A colourful Musical Play, which I know you will enjoy as much as we shall perfo4rming it for you. If it makes you laugh, cry, and more importantly, think – we shall have succeeded.”
Review #1: Cabaret
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: June 10 1988 issue – page 18
Reviewer: Alan Olieff
Text Header: “Nights of girls and goosesteps”
STIRRING SONGS and an early taste of the Nazi obsession feature in Wick Theatre Company’s production of Cabaret. Swastika armbands creep on to the scene as the musical story develops at Southwick Community Centre Barn Theatre.
In Monday’s performance, Antony Muzzall was intense and close to the edge as the M.C. at Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub in 1930. With hair slicked back and piercing eyes, he switched from genial host to Nazi mouthpiece with ease. His almost sneering voice, maniac laugh and well-executed dance steps all added up to an impressive performance.
Stephanie Prince made a strong visual impact as giddy English performer Sally Bowles. She sang heartily, especially for the show-stopper Cabaret, and wooed everyone with her persuasive nature. She and American writer Clifford Bradshaw, alias Peter Barnes, made an odd couple. Most of the scenes together worked well, Sally’s love of Berlin and the night club battling against Cliff’s desire for them to escape before the Nazis took hold. The spread of the Swastika disease came across well at the end of the first act, when Fraulein Kost [Betty Dawes] and Ernst Ludwig [Neil Shephard] led everyone in a stirring Fatherland Song.
Almost every German fell machine-like into line. As the Nazi mass gained strength Jewish greengrocer Herr Schultz, played by Ralph Dawes, became more isolated. Fear of persecution forced Frances Moulton’s Fraulein Schneider to cancel their wedding plans. She came across as a blameless woman trapped by circumstance.
Cabaret continues at the Southwick Barn Theatre tonight [Friday June 10] at 7.3opm and tomorrow [Saturday] at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.