Tufts University

Life is a 'Cabaret'

The making of a musical

This fall, Torn Ticket II, Tufts' undergraduate musical theatre organization, staged the musical "Cabaret." The show was directed by Tufts drama graduate student Virginia Anderson (learn more about Virginia) and staged at Tufts' Balch Arena Theatre "in the round." Kyle Sircus (A'11), who played Herr Schultz in the show (learn more about Kyle), narrates the experience of putting the musical together.

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'Cabaret,' in Kyle's words:

"'Cabaret' is a musical that looks at a very seedy nightclub in Berlin just before the start of World War II. It uses the Kit Kat Club and its dancers and master of ceremonies to augment and juxtapose the story of Clifford Bradshaw's travels in Berlin. He meets and falls in love with one of the cabaret performers named Sally Bowles. Cliff takes up residence at the house of Fraulein Schneider, who is my love interest in the show. The story centers around Cliff and Sally's relationship along with Schneider and Schultz's relationship. The cabaret songs are meant to parallel the actions of the real world and comment on them from a different perspective and a very different angle in terms of how they are performed and how they are composed."

Production by Melody Ko, Tufts Photo, and Georgiana Cohen, Tufts Office of Web Communications.

This story originally ran on Dec. 10, 2007.