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Inland Valley Repertory to present Cabaret

Inland Valley Repertory Theater continues its 2013 season on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Candlelight Pavilion with their production of “Cabaret,” opening on Wednesday, April 17.

Based on a book by Christopher Isherwood, the decadent and jazzy musical is set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power. The story revolves around nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and follows the English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the American writer Cliff Bradshaw.

A bittersweet sub-plot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Kit Kat Klub’s magnetic Master of Ceremonies. “Cabaret” boasts an award-winning score by John Kander and Fred Ebb and features songs like  “Wilkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money, Money” and “Cabaret.”

The role of Sally Bowles is played by Tomasina Abate, who received a Stage Scene LA award for her performance as Velma Kelly in IVRT’s 2010 production of “Chicago.” Southland theater performer John LaLonde stars as the Emcee.

 

The production, which features an onstage “all-female band,” is directed by two-time Ovation Award- winner Cate Caplin, and musically directed by Ronda Rubio.

Performances of Cabaret begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 24 and May 1, and on Tuesday, April 23 and 30.  There will also be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at www.ivrt.org or by calling the box office at (909) 626-1254.

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