WHAT: Truman High School presents “Cabaret,” the Tony Award-winning musical by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff (1966), based on the play “I Am a Camera” by John Van Druten and “The Berlin Stories” by Christopher Isherwood, directed by Ron Meyer and produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark, Inc., New York.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Truman High School, 3301 Noland Road, Independence.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Call 816-521-5350 for advance tickets.

WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT: At the turn of the 1930s, Berlin is still in the midst of post-World War I economic depression and is transitioning from the center of underground avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler's regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Cliff Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel, visits Berlin and on his first night visits the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient Emcee. Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer from Britain but also a lost soul. They begin a relationship that blossoms into a dream-like romance.

As time passes, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting to ominous. Ernst, Cliff's first German friend, turns out to be an up-and-coming member of the Nazis, and Herr Schultz, a fellow boarder at Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house and briefly her fiancé, is the victim of an anti-Semitic hate crime. Cliff also gets roughed up after he refuses to make another delivery for Ernst, and when he learns Sally is pregnant, he decides they must leave for America at once before things get worse. Sally, afraid, confused and unsure she could trade the cabaret lifestyle for motherhood, gets an abortion and tells Cliff he must leave without her – which he does, heartbroken. On the train to Paris, Cliff reflects on his experiences and begins to write his novel (from stageagent.com).

CAST

Character: Actor

Emcee: Cameron Mabie

Cliff Bradshaw: Blake Savidge

Ernst Ludwig: Isaac Towne

Customs officer: Nebi Guzman

Fraulein Schneider: Kelsi Richardson

Fraulein Kost: Lillian Ridge

Otto: Cesar Lopez

Herr Schultz: Braden James

Elsa: Alyssa Smith

Sally Bowles: Molly Ross

Kit Kat Kittens: Kaylee Adams, Emily Burris, Alexandria Dains, Lizzy Deiter, Serena Ellsworth, Andrea Fadler, Sydney Gicinto, Amaya Jimenez, Johanna Mortensen, Abygail Warren

Max/gorilla: Jeffrey Molt

Alonzo: José Rodriguez Romo

Margot: Leilani Day

Eric/taxi driver: Jaydon Dickinson

Berta: Alexis Lee

Gunther: Khy'ree Tabron

Frieda: Taylore Sartain

Zelda: Lorin Acuna

Trudy: Shelby Bryan

Kurt: Brock Bristow

Conrad: Aaron Chafa

Rudy: Kevin Escamilla

Annelise: Samantha Feaker

Herman: Ricky Gonzalez

Fritz: Moman Khan

Greta: Willow Netz

Lenya: Gabbie Petentler

Ula: Stefanie Schramm

Kit Kat Waiters: Malachi Fuimaono, Nebi Guzman, Ethan McAuley, Nate Morton, Joseph Spor, Tanner Trenary