Don’t cry for me Cabaret Theatre…

Well, folks, it looks like we have reached the end of an era. *cue imperial death march music*

Today is my last blog post EVER…for Cabaret Theatre.



Now, I know it may be difficult for you to contain your tears and sadness about my departure, but do not fret my ducklings; my spirit will exist on through the internet for years and years to come. If you ever feel lonely, and are missing your Tashie, read my past posts and feel my essence. That is where I will exist and thrive.

*throws up*

Oh boo hoo Natasha, cry us a river.


I must say, there is something uniquely cleansing about talking to the internet void–a familiar yet unknown “other”. I talk to no-one and everyone at the same time…it’s such a weird paradox.

Why am I leaving, you ask?

  1. I am graduating early (hard work pays off, folks)
  2. Nothing lasts forever
  3. I am going to France for a few months (I’ll be working in a French Theatre!)

Thank you to all of my fans for continuing to read my internet ramblings; especially my two number one girls, Kate Thomas and Heather Tedesco! You two win the award for “Best Natasha Supporter of the Year”. Please put this accolade on your resumes and brag about it at social gatherings. It will lead you to success, love, and chocolate.

What I’ll miss most about Rutgers is the theatre community I’ve made for myself here. I’ve been a part of Cabaret for years, and it is going to be an odd adjustment having it out of my life. Because of this, you all better send me videos of rehearsals and performances while I’m abroad so I can get my Cabaret-fixin’ in over-seas!

Also, next semester will be the 10th show for Rutgers Night Live! Even though I won’t be here to see it’s beautiful (yet horrifying) fruition, I have an alumni digital short in production (cough in my mind cough) that will be an exciting addition to the show.


Without further adieu, I would like to introduce you to your new best friend, my replacement, and also my saucy lover, KRISTEN FERRIS!

Kristen Ferris, also known as "Sharkey"

Kristen Ferris, also known as “Sharkey”

KFer will be Cabaret Theatre’s new Social Media Chair for the Spring 2015 semester. I expect you all to treat her with the utmost respect, as you have treated me, or else I will unleash my fury in another blog post (contain your excitement). I met Kristen my freshman year during LTC Rocky Horror Picture Show Auditions. We didn’t talk much, but she seemed like a cool gal. Then, we reconnected last year in Cabaret’s [title of show]. That’s when we became best friends that cross every friend boundary and have a freaky yet sexy relationship with each other. Also her boyfriend is a red head–what’s up with that?

We're best friends.

We’re best friends.

No seriously. She's mine and you can't have her.

No seriously. She’s mine and you can’t have her.

Good luck, Kristen! The internet audience can be overwhelming at times, but I’m sure Kate and Heather will guide you along the path to victory.


What’s next at Cabaret Theatre? Auditions for Proof, by David Auburn.


Proof by David Auburn is a poignant and haunting exploration of a woman’s struggle to define herself in the face of her father’s legacy of mathematical genius and his devastating mental illness. She fears she has inherited more than one aspect of his mind. The play premiered in 2000 and went on to win the 2001 Tony Award for best play and the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama. It brilliantly portrays extraordinary characters coping with, perhaps, very ordinary problems. How do these characters settle family affairs? How do they raise their children? How do they make themselves distinct from their parents? How do they grieve? The play strikes home because although they are remarkable minds, they are just like us.


Auditions will be held at Cabaret Theatre *** on

— Monday, December 8th from 8pm to Midnight

— Tuesday, December 9th from 8pm to Midnight

— Callbacks will be held over winter break in January


Meet the Production Staff::

Director: Jasia Ries

Assistant Director: Eddie Norgard

Co-Stage Manager: Chris Price

Co-Stage Manager: Irene Martinez

Show Dates::

— Friday, February 6th at 8pm

— Saturday, February 7th at 8pm

— Sunday, February 8th at 7pm

— Friday, February 13th at 8pm

— Saturday, February 14th at 8pm

— Sunday, February 15th at 7pm


Character Breakdowns:

— Catherine: 25, brilliant, sensitive, afraid that she has inherited her father’s tendency towards instability. She takes care of her father for years and has made many sacrifices.

— Robert: 50s, father to Catherine and Claire, an absolute genius who revolutionized mathematical theory. Though mentally unstable, he really tries to be a father to Catherine.

— Claire: 29, Catherine’s sister. She is very put together, very exact. Her attempt to organize her family’s affairs is well-meaning but ultimately ill-timed. Lives in New York since she escaped there from Chicago years ago.

— Hal: 28, Robert’s former student, funny, sweet, loyal. He idolizes Robert and determinedly searches through his Professor’s scribbles (even from the most unstable period of his life) to find something useful. Falls for Catherine.


Please come prepared with….

— a head shot (if you have one)

— theater resume (if you have one)

— class schedule for Spring 2015

— all conflicts from December, through Winter Break, until the end of February. (work, appointments, meetings, events, etc.)


You MUST….

…be available for all show dates

…be able to rehearse at Cabaret Theatre in January

…be a full time undergraduate Rutgers student


Questions? Please email

***Cabaret Theatre is located at the corner of Suydam Street and Nichol Avenue on the Douglass campus

RUSA allocations paid for by student fees.


Audition for this show because I physically can’t and it breaks my heart wahhhh. Also send me videos.

Goodbye my friends! I’ll talk to you again soon, but not on this blog. You know where to find me, internet.


Shameless Plug. I’m participating in a “25 Days of Christmas Songs” Challenge for the first 25 days of Christmas. I record and upload a different Christmas song everyday! Check it out


Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and stay classy New Brunswick (and the one person who reads this in Cuba?).





Rutgers Night Live: The Nightmare Returns


Did somebody say RNL?

(Besides me)

There you have it folks. Rutgers Night Live is back for its 9th show EVER. *woooo*

One away from ten. The fan fair is almost here. But alas, it must be saved for next semester.

A clearly excited shark eating chips.

Shark-Kristen is THIS EXCITED for RNL.

What is Rutgers Night Live, you ask?

Only Rutgers University’s PREMIER sketch comedy group.

And by premier, we mean only.

Founded by Demon Dom Nero and Stephen “say-my-name” Hilger, RNL is a completely student written, produced, and directed comedy event. Based out of our very own Cabaret Theatre in New Brunswick, RNL performs one weekend per semester, every semester, for the rest of existence (because it will live on in the Rutgers community forever).

The founds on stage for RNL

The founders on stage. INTENSE.

Sorry, Dom, I just had to.

Sorry, Dom, I had to.

If my calculations are correct, this is the first show without any original members. However sad that may make me feel, it is also a very exciting thought. RNL has evolved over the past 5 years, and will continue to evolve in the coming years to become a staple towards the Rutgers Comedy Tradition.

Wow. Saying that put me in a nostalgic mood. Here is episode one on Youtube:

Daww aren’t they all so cute and young?

Since I have an insider scoop about the show (cough I’m coordinating it cough), let me give you some insider-deats:

There will be:

  • Nine awesome cast members
  • One talented host
  • One very Rutgers band named Crime Alert
  • One very hot theatre (wear light clothing)
  • Nine insanely funny sketches
  • One even more insanely funny digital short
  • And sold out tickets!

Rutgers Night Live IX: Attack of the Hunter Spiders: On Ice? will be at Cabaret Theatre on:

Friday October 3rd at 8:00pm

Saturday October 4th at 8:00pm and a special midnight show at 11:59pm

Tickets are $5 for students and faculty, $7 for ya’ll who don’t go here.

Since RNL sells out so quickly, please reserve your tickets ASAP by emailing with your name, which date and time you would like to attend, and the number of tickets you desire.

The Cast Members and Host of RNL 9, taking a better selfie than the Oscar Selfie.

The Cast Members and Host of RNL 9, taking a better selfie than the Oscar Selfie.

Here are the names to the faces you will spend 1.5 intimate hours with:

Cody “Cute-Face” Beltis:  Bringing RNL’s sex appeal up by 1000, Cody is a delectable new addition to the group. He loves twerking, rubbing pregnant bellies, and making fun of the news.

Kristen “Crunchy” Ferris- my personal female crush, Kristen is in love with me and only me so don’t even think about it.  You can find her eating goldfish or…eating goldfish.

Abid “The Pipe” Hassan—You won’t understand this reference until you see the show, but Abid stars in one of my favorite sketches and he has a pipe. He also screams the word “MOTHER” a lot. You’ll know it when you see it.

Justice “Douglass” Hehir- Justice is an awesome chick who follows in the footsteps of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  You can find her at literally every event on Douglass.

Raynee “Wolf Queen” Morris-She is actually a Wolf Queen. I’m not even joking. She was raised by wolves and lived life on the edges of society. Now she likes to study bugs. I don’t get it either.

Katie “Scissorhands” Scheidt-Miss Scissorhands over here decided to make a lot of our costumes/props. Keep an eye out for her signature style. In her spare time, Katie likes to believe she lives in an Anime world and owns many wigs.

Zach “The Frosh” Sinkiewicz—although he is no longer a freshman, Zach is the youngest member of our group. He is our baby and we love him so. Changing his diaper?…not so much.

Natasha “THIS IS ME” Sydor—I can’t write about myself. That’s weird. But I do like poop jokes. Ha ha.

Bob “Omg Date Me” Tarino—Women and men know him by many names. But to us, he is the essence of the Hunter Spider. He is poisonous, and he will strike. Ladies, beware.

And the RNL IX host, Kajoree “Who me?” Bhattacharya—Our fearless navigator during the night of comedy nightmares. She challenges the next host to try and do a better job then she has done. We’ll see, RNL X.

Attempting to dance...

Attempting to dance…

****Interested in being a cast member of RNL? We’ll be having auditions on November 24-26. Bring your funny bone and do your best Jagger! We look forward to meeting everyone (…one of us, one of us…). I’ll make another announcement about this when we approach auditions.****

What’s next at Cabaret Theatre?

  • Auditions for the 2014 Directors’ Showcase: Auditions will take place on September 29th and 30th from 7-11 at Cabaret Theatre, with callbacks on October 1st.
  • Auditions for Murder Ballad: Auditions will take place on October 6th and 7th from 8pm to Midnight, with Callbacks on October 9th.
  • And Dog Sees God! This show goes up in just two weeks, so stay tuned for more information.

I love you all. Come out to RNL. And to auditions. I’ll be giving out lots of hugs (and maybe some kisses)

Did I just unintentionally rhyme? Ew.

N-Shady, out.

New year, New me, New Revue

Testing testing one two one two

Natasha to world, Natasha to world, can you hear me world?



But I can’t see you because that would be too gosh darn creepy. Unless I find a way to peep through your web camera. Soon…

Cabaret world, prepare yourselves…for the first blog post of the season!!

*cue thunderous applause*

Mmm. Thunder.

Mmm. Thunder.

And what a season it will be. I must say, I am thoroughly excited to be writing for this blog. Here I am, in my room, wearing a retainer, with a smelly Rutgers t-shirt on, chewing on three packets of gushers (yes I am still wearing my retainer), and there you are, reading this, doing I don’t-even-want-to-know-what. Look at us becoming new friends.

Hi. I'm Natasha.

Hi. I’m Natasha.


Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting in on a rehearsal for Cabaret’s first show of the season:

Unsung Chapters: A Musical Revue



I asked the two musical directors to give me their best “come to our show” face, and this was the result:

Aren't they compelling?

Aren’t they compelling?

Other memorable moments of the run:

-I experienced “dancer envy”. All of the actors and the choreographer were fantastic dancers. It’s not fair. Why can’t I dance like them? Why must I look like a jumping monkey?

– THE Chris Price (Director extraordinaire) shook my hand. He’s almost at celebrity status now, people.

– Sometimes the actors made eye contact with me and sang their hearts out. It was a beautiful moment shared between us. I can’t wait to experience it again during the run this weekend (IT’S MY MOMENT YOU CAN’T HAVE IT)

– “When I Grow Up” from Matilda made me sentimental and want to be a wee little munchkin child again. Ah, to be young.


There are 18 songs in total, spread out between ensemble pieces, solos, and duets. If you pay close attention you will see the delicate story interwoven between each song.


Boy I’m getting deep here.


What kind of music can you expect? I don’t want to be handing out spoilers on a whim, but shows like Pippin, Kinky Boots, American Idiot, and All Shook Up are in the mix.

Here is everything you need to know about this amazing musical production:

Das awesome cast ja.

Who’s Who?

Production Staff:

– Director: Chris Price

– Assistant Director: Justin Luckenbaugh

– Co-Musical Director: Kyle Buchanan

– Co-Musical Director: Bernadette Burke

– Choreographer: Nicola Keegan

– Stage Manager: Irene Martinez



Maryann Slater

Sam Vargas

Christian Muñoz

Michael Maxham

Megan Kalberer

Barrydean Chen

Kelly Lozo

Emily Johnson

Geralyn Williams

Russell Umali

Emily Reineke

This pose reminds me of the music box song in Chitty Chitty

“Hey there, boys.”

"A kiss for you, and you, and youu!"

“A kiss for you, and you, and youu!”

Interested in seeing the show this weekend? Of course you are!



When: Friday, September 5th at 8pm***

Saturday, September 6th at 8pm and 11:59pm

***opening night proceeds will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation


Cabaret Theatre, located on the corner of Suydam Street and Nichol Ave on the Douglass Campus


Tickets for incoming first-year and transfer students are $3 (You MUST provide your RUID card in order to receive this discount. Any incoming first-year or transfer students without their cards will pay the full student price).

Tickets for other students/faculty/staff: $5

General admission: $7

Email for advanced reservations. Please specify your name, the number of tickets you wish to purchase, and the date/time of the show you wish to attend. Our shows sell out quickly, so making a reservation is the smart way to get yourself a seat!

Crikey! An actor and a set, in their natural habitat.

Crikey! An actor and a set, in their natural habitat.

So come one, come all, come to the show this weekend! A great night of music and dancer-envy await in your future.


What’s next at Cabaret, you ask? Auditions for our next show “Dog Sees God” (cue Peanuts Theme) and my demon baby Rutgers Night Live IX. Prepare yourselves, world.


N-Shady, out!


Your new friend, Natasha.

Big Starts and a Big Finish! (Audition Information Included!)

It’s just nearing the start of the 2014-2015 season and there are lots of things to be excited about!

(Three things, more specifically.)

And here they are!



Thing One:

Thing 1

For one, we are about to have our FIRST. AUDITIONS. OF. THE SEASON!!!!!

So if you like acting and singing and dancing and reminiscing about your life, then Unsung Chapters: A Musical Revue — directed by the ever-so-awesome Chris Price — is the show for you!!

Auditions will be held in Cabaret Theatre this weekend!!!!!

Here are the specifics borrowed from our Facebook event:
“Auditions and Callbacks will be held in Cabaret Theatre on the following dates:
– Friday, July 18th from 7pm to 11pm (Auditions)
– Saturday, July 19th from 7pm to 11pm (Auditions)
– Sunday, July 20th from 6pm to 10pm (Callbacks)

Ready to audition? Great! Here’s what you need to do:
– Pick 16 to 32 bars of a song that shows off your voice. (This will be a capella.)
– Make a list of all conflicts for the rest of the summer and the first week of school.
– Please include all classes, work times/dates, vacations, appointments, etc.
– Know your RU ID (you must be a full-time undergraduate student to audition).
– Come on down to Cabaret Theatre on July 18th or 19th and sing your heart out!

Not close enough to Rutgers to come to an audition date? Don’t worry about it! We will be accepting video submissions sent to,, and! All video submissions must include all of the previously mentioned information and, of course, your video!”

Mark your calendars, folks! And get you and your peoples to Cabaret Theatre NOW!!!

[Editor’s Note: Not “now.” This weekend. The auditions are on the weekend. You just wrote that yourself. Get it right.]



And now for…
Thing Two!

Thing 2

We are looking for tech members for the Revue! If you are interested in lighting or building, then email the following people: me, Allie Kroeper, at; Steph van Oppen (our Managing Director) at; and Chris Price (the ever-so-awesome director of the Revue) at

We can never have too many people, so email away!!



Thing Three:

Smexy 3

[Editors Note: This is not the right picture…Also, there is no Thing 3.]


I am sad to say that this is my last post as the Social Media Chair of Cabaret Theatre. And so, in true Hollywood fashion, I must pass on the torch to someone younger and prettier than me.

But never fear! I am only leaving because I am going to be visiting Mars!


[Editor’s Note: You are not an astronaut. This is why you’re being fired. This and the fact that you completely ignore my editor’s notes every time and don’t bother to take them out of your posts before you publish.]

Okay, fine! I’m not really an astronaut. But I am really being replaced as Chair. And who will be replacing me, you ask?……..


……….The one and only, wickedly talented, woman who also happens to be our very own Rutgers Night Live Coordinator (woot, woot!)…..

Natasha Sydor!!!!!


You may recognize Natasha from: RNL’s VII and VIII; Antigone; The Fifth and Sixth Annual Original Play Festivals; [title of show]; and countless other productions!!


Here is a picture of Natasha when we told her that she would be the new Social Media Chair:


See how excited she looks?! One might even mistake that excitement for fear.

But seriously. She is really excited to be taking on this new role, and I wish her the most of fun!

I would wish her luck, but I know she won’t need it 🙂

And now…
For the last time…..


A-Kroeps out ❤




Audition for an Amazing Production!!!

Hey hey there!


Want a great theatrical experience that won’t take up an enormous amount of your time??

Then audition for the 6th Annual Original Play Festival!!!

Rehearsal schedules will fit around YOUR schedule, so DO IT UP!!!


Here is the audition information pulled from the Facebook event:

“The Sixth Annual Original Play Festival Auditions:
Monday, March 10th – 9:00pm-12am
Tuesday, March 11th – 8pm-12am
Callbacks: Wednesday, March 12th – TBD

Sides will be provided.

Show Dates:
Friday, April 25th at 8 pm
Saturday, April 26th at 8 pm
Sunday, April 27th at 7 pm

The plays selected for the 6th Annual OPF are as follows:

Written By Johnny Dellaluna
Directed by Courtney King

Written By Courtney King
Directed by Kate Thomas

Coffee Cups
Written By Megan Cherry
Directed by Thalia Peck

The Cosmo Diner
Written By Justice Hehir
Directed by Johnny Dellaluna

Written By Constantina Scoullis
Directed by Kayla Votepek

You’re Mistaken, Love
Written By Allie Kroeper
Directed by Christen Demnitz

When attending auditions, please remember to bring your RUID# and a schedule of conflicts, including class, work, and miscellaneous commitments.

You must be a full-time undergraduate student at Rutgers University to audition for this production.

If you have any questions, contact OPF Coordinator Justice Hehir at or Producer Meg King at

RUSA Allocations, Paid for by student fees.

Cabaret Theatre is located at 7 Suydam St. on Douglass Campus”


Well, there ya have it!! You must, must, MUST audition for this lovely Cabaret Theatre tradition!!

And, just in case you didn’t notice…I’m one of the playwrights…so…yeah.


I don’t sign autographs.

But like. I might.

If you ask.




In other news, our second main stage of the semester (and final main stage of the season) is Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!!!

The cast list for this hilarious show is as follows:

Eddie Norgard –John Quincy Adams and other parts
Ryan Gentek –Andrew Jackson
Michael Maxham — Martin Van Buren and other parts
Patrick Wu — Chief Black Fox and other parts
Gabe Marquez — John Calhoun and other parts
Dan English — Henry Clay and other parts
Jake McDonnell — James Monroe and other parts
Emily Johnson — Storyteller and other parts
Sam Vargas –Lyncoya and other parts
Shachar May –Rachel Jackson
Jillian Hanna — Various parts
Alyssa Krompier –Various parts
Na-Lee Ha — Various parts
Kristen Ferris –Various parts

Congratulations to this wonderful cast and to the wonderful Leah Christians, the show’s director!!!

Come see the show on April 4th-6th and/or April 11th-13th!!!

You don’t want to miss it!!




A-Kroeps out!!


Recaps, Reviews, and Redundancy

Hello again, wonderful readers of this blog we call Inside Cabaret!

I have many an update and many an exciting sentence! So sit tight (don’t fall out of your seat) as I tell you about new opportunities and recap what happened at the Involvement Fair. Yay!

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Cabaret’s First Event: Back to School Coffeehouse!

I’m so excited for three reasons!

Reason 1: This is my first blog post as Cabaret Theatre’s Social Media Chair-person-ager!

Reason 2: An Open Mic Night/Coffeehouse is coming to this Cabaret Theatre near you!

Reason 3: I’m gonna tell you about an awesome audition opportunity that is coming up before the semester even starts!

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