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August 8, 9, & 10 2013

Santa Barbara High Presented Cabaret  as a part of Summer Stock 2013.

$15 General, $10 Students/Seniors

Cabaret Press Release 

SBHS Theatre produces Cabaret!

Santa Barbara, CA (July 20)

“No good is sitting alone in your room, come hear the music play!” This legendary, landmark musical turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a dark and sexually charged haven of, decadence where its extraordinary and morally ambiguous inhabitants are determined to keep up appearances as the real world -- outside the comfortable sanctuary of the cabaret -- prepares for the nightmarish chaos of war. It is here that Sally Bowles performs nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub. “Its divine decadence, darling!”

Cabaret is the first ever summer production of the nationally-award winning theatre program at Santa Barbara High School. Directed by long-time SBHS Artistic Director Otto Layman, Cabaret is a collaboration among the area’s most-talented high school performers (including SBHS, Dos Pueblos High, San Marcos High, and Laguna Blanca) and recent graduates headed to prestigious college arts programs around the country. The cast includes Clayton Barry (SBHS 2013. Carnegie Mellon) as the Master of Ceremonies; Xeni Tziouvaras (DPHS 2013, Manhattan School of Music) as Sally Bowles; Jordan Lemmond (SBHS 2013, Pace University, NYC) as the American writer Cliff Bradshaw; David Childs (San Marcos High School 2012, UCLA School of Music) as Herr Schultz; Mary Cusimano (SBHS) as Fräulein Schneider; Aaron Linker (SBHS) as Ernst Ludwig; Sable Layman (SBHS) as Fräulein Kost; and a remarkable ensemble: McKenna Mender (SBHS 2012, Pace University, NYC); Carly Cummings (SBHS 2013, Cal Arts); Cameron Wells (DPHS 2012); 


Jessica Barry (SBHS 2013, Pitzer) Sofia Ross, Luana Psaros, Will Geare (DPHS), Allison Lewis Towbes (Laguna Blanca); Jason Gonzalez Larsen, Courtney Morse, Lizzie Saunders (SMHS); Grant Bower, Libby Sestak, Rio Salazar and Hailey Turner (SBHS). The team that is responsible for the sterling productions at SBHS are all involved in the production: Costumes by Lise Lange (Drowsy Chaperone, God of Carnage, Spamalot and Glass Menagerie at SBHS in 2012-2013); Choreography by Christina McCarthy (Drowsy Chaperone and Spamalot); long time collaborator as Musical Director John Douglas (Drowsy Chaperone last year), David Guy (Set Design, Technical Director), and Beau Lettieri (Production Stage Manager, SBHS). Lights for Cabaret will be designed by Spencer Michaels. 

Cabaret is a musical based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1966 Broadway production became a hit, inspiring and spawned numerous subsequent productions in London and New York, as well as a 1972 film by the same name.  It was subsequently revised in 1987, and revived on Broadway in 1998 with Alan Cummings where it won multiple Tony Awards.

Cabaret is based on John Van Druten's 1951 play I Am a Camera, which was adapted from the short novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) by Christopher Isherwood. Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it is based in nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub. Cabaret revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.

A 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 Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. The club serves as a metaphor for the threatening state of late Weimar Germany.



Clayton Barry (The Emcee) and Xeni Tziouvaras (Sally Bowles) in the Santa Barbara High School Summer Stock production of CABARET!  Photo by Stephanie Baker.


Summer Stock 2013 consisted of three shows:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Elings Park Outdoor
Theatre, directed by Cheri Steinkellner. Rehearsals: 4-9pm Monday through Friday, plus selected
weekend days, beginning June 16. Performances July 15, 16, 22 and 23rd, 6pm

Cabaret at Santa Barbara High School Theatre, directed by Otto Layman. Choreographed by Christina McCarthy.  Rehearsals 10am
to 3pm Monday through Friday beginning July 15th. Performances August 8, 9, and 10 at 7pm in
the Santa Barbara High School Theatre

Hello My Baby Rehearsal: Saturdays 10 to 3pm, July 15 to July 27. Performances: July
30 at Santa Barbara High School. Cast will be selected from the casts of both CABARET and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) .

Photos by Kristi Sestak