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Pierce’s next theatre production, Broadway musical ‘Cabaret’, will be opening 8 pm Friday Dec. 5 at the Performing Arts Complex on Mason Avenue.

“We don’t want the audience to think they’re walking into a theatre, but to enter a world we created for them instead,” Gene Putnam, professor at Pierce College and director of the upcoming production said. “With a show that has been revised many times over the years, we are very proud of what we put together.”

Initially derived from a book, the popular musical Cabaret is set in late 1920’s Berlin, as the Nazis were rising to power.  Based on the nightlife of that era, we enter the Kit Kat Klub where we meet English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.

“The era is during the time of Pre-Nazi Germany, so it can be a little shocking, but I feel that the clothes that some of us have to wear will be more shocking,” Alee Husmann theatre major playing the role of ‘Lulu’ said.

Although the show has been done before in 2003 at Pierce, the production has decided to take a little spin on the well known musical.
“It is our unique take on a very famous musical that we created so the audience could have a unique theatrical experience that they may have never had before,” Putnam said.

Due to the new rendition of the play, regardless if you have seen it or not, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“If you haven’t seen the show, it will be definitely shocking. If you have seen the show, you will notice how we adapted our kind of version the musical. We added a lot of our own stuff and took a lot of our ideas from performances from the past,” Husmann said.

Auditions for the production were very successful as a variation of talents was needed for the production.

“A lot of dancers ended up auditioning for this musical which is a new thing and the way it should be,” Cassandra Godinez, assistant dance choreographer for the production and dance and child development major at pierce.

The production will run from Dec. 5 through Dec. 14, Friday through Saturday. Tickets will be available online at brownpapertickets.com or call 818-719-6488. Tickets are priced at $15 for students and seniors and $20 for general admission.

“All the girls are really sassy, sexy and funny. Expect big personalities,” Cassandra said.