From Our Cohorts: Cabaret, November 12, 2019
The final session of the day (4:30pm – 7:30pm) in the rehearsal room was a “stumble through” of Act I with the entire cast present. And yes, “stumble through” is official theater terminology!
Before the start of the scene the director pointed out that up until now the cast had been working in smaller groupings on individual numbers, so now was the time for the entire cast to start developing a greater sense of connection with each other.
The cast then worked through Act I and used various props; or, rather, approximations to the props that will ultimately be used in the stage performance. In some cases one can see that there is already a good chemistry between the cast members, e.g. Herr Schultz and Fraulein Schneider in “Married”. A number that was particularly entertaining was the “Two Ladies” involving Emcee and Two Girls. (It made me think of something out of Gilbert & Sullivan, but with a very risqué flavor.)
Act I ends with a party in Herr Schultz’s fruit shop. If the scene starts with a frivolous tone it ends on a chilling one as Ernst reveals that he is a member of the Nazi party and Fraulein Kost makes a derogatory remark about the Jews.
The evening ended with the director and the choreographer reviewing the performance. There was great attention to detail right down to the most appropriate pronunciation of Mein Kampf for an American audience, to a discussion with Emcee about a six-inch change of his position on stage for a particular number.
Michael T., Cohort Club member