Leave Your Troubles Outside

In April 2022, Millennium Repertory Company at the Manchester Arts Center in Manchester, TN will be staging a production of the Kander/Ebb/Masteroff classic musical Cabaret. This page will serve as an informational page for auditions, as well as hopefully a document of the production process.


Joel Grey as the Emcee

Story

Cabaret opens on the evening of December 31st of 1929, New Years Eve, as the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Club welcomes the audience, introduces the cabaret performers, and insists that everyone leave their troubles outside​. This sets the stage for the rest of the show, which is the story of three relationships: Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, who is immediately taken with English singer Sally Bowles; Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff’s boarding house, who begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller; and the people of Germany to their country and the Nazi party. 

With the Emcee’s songs as commentary, Cabaret​ explores the dark and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Weimar Germany slowly falls apart. Cabaret is an emotional examination of the rise of fascism and the banality of evil. 

Audition information

Audition Dates

December 11, 2021 from Noon until 5pm
December 13, 2021 from 7pm until 10pm

Callbacks, if necessary, will be December 14, 2021 from 7pm until 10pm

Production Team

Jason Griffey – Director
Joel Longstreth – Producer
Danelle Afflerbaugh – Choreographer
Erica Petersen – Music Director
Pietra Bush – Stage Manager

Instructions

Cabaret has a wide variety of roles, that range from extremely intense singing/dancing (Sally Bowles, Kit Kat girls, Emcee) to almost zero singing/dancing (Ernst, Cliff). At audition you will be asked to:

  • Prepare both monologues the audition packet for the character you are most interested in. If you are interested in more than one role, you may perform one from each character. 
  • Learn and perform some brief choreography for the show. 
  • Perform a one minute cut of a song in the style of the show (but not from the show), and bring your own backing track.

For callbacks, you will be asked to prepare a song from the show and will be asked to cold read from the script with others.

Please make sure to read the entire audition packet and complete the audition form to bring with you or fill out the online audition form prior to auditions.

Callback songs

Sally – Maybe This TimeTrack
Emcee – I Don’t Care MuchTrack
Schneider – What Would You DoTrack
Kost – Tomorrow Belongs to MeTrack

Examples

If you’d like an example of the tone/style of the show, we are producing the 1998 Mendes version of the script, with our own spin on it. There are a number of recordings of this version, but here are a couple that are particularly interesting;

1993 West End Production with Alan Cummings and Jane Horrocks

2014 Broadway with Alan Cummings and Emma Stone

1998 Broadway with Gina Gershon and Raul Esparza