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 ❤





Bloody Bloody Part 2: The Inside Scoop!

Hello again!!

I am here with a couple of glances into the instant hit that is Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!

Bloody Bloody

The inside glances for this Inside Cabaret post come from Paige Austin, Co-Stage Manager, and Tom Milburn, Assistant Director!

First up…Paige’s story!

“If there’s anything I’ve learned from my almost year of being a part of Cabaret Theatre, it’s that there’s nothing like watching a play as it transforms. From the beginning to the end, watching the acting go from practices in the basement to a fully decorated set is a beautiful thing. When I was the Assistant Stage Manager for [title of show] I came on a little later than everyone else. With Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, it was different. I saw everything from the beginning and now as we approach the end it’s a little saddening. I remember greeting people when they came to auditions and briefly chatting with some of them and offering some words to calm their nerves. It feels like that was such a long time ago, but in reality it wasn’t. When I first met up with the director, Leah Christians, her passion for the show was definitely contagious. I didn’t even know if I was going to be picked to be a part of the Pro Staff, but I was still really excited. She had so many great ideas, and it has been amazing to see them come to life. A fourteen-member cast is A LOT of people. Having everyone at practice was seemingly impossible, with the crazy/hectic schedules they all have. But as we got closer and finally got everyone in the same room at once, it was really fun to see what each actor brought to the characters they play. Now that I’ve seen the show what feels like 20+ times, I can promise you it never gets old. I literally laugh until I cry every single time I watch it. Every single member of this cast is really talented and has made this show something really special.

The Pro Staff for the show was made up of some seriously talented people as well, and I’m so glad I got to spend this time with them. Leah, Tom, Brian (and THE BAND), Janine and Sasha have done such a kick-ass job. All of their creative contributions have added elements to the show that really take it up a notch. The funny thing to think about is that if ONE person from the cast or crew were different, the show probably wouldn’t be the same. I honestly think this was the perfect group of people to work together. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is rebellious, provocative, and hilarious. Seeing the audience respond in such a positive way and watching the cast excel has been amazing. I’m really going to miss spending time with this crazy group of ruffians…”

Well said, Paige. Well said.

And here is Tom’s story!

“I had an absolute blast working on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. The cast was wonderful, Leah was the coolest, and the show was hilarious. I was initially really nervous about the role of assistant director because I’m not a theater person – the last time I was in one was when I was part of my high school tech crew, like, four years ago. I don’t think it could’ve gone any better, though, and I gained a lot of leadership experience throughout the production process. I had so much fun working with everyone else involved and don’t think I would change a thing.

In addition to helping direct, I ran sound and designed lights for the show. The sound setup for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was surprisingly intricate – we had keyboards, basses, guitars, prerecorded material, and microphones to worry about. I’m an aspiring sound engineer, so this was a really fun learning experience and a challenge I took a lot from. It was nice to work with sound reinforcement in the type of space that Cabaret is, and I think the sound design positively contributed to the concert-like atmosphere of the show. The lighting helped with that, too. Designing the lights was a pretty terrifying task for me – I’ve never worked with stage lighting before and had to learn how to do it from scratch. It was stressful, but I learned a ton about lighting design and theatrical design and had a bunch of fun doing it.

In short, being a part of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Cabaret this semester was a really great experience.”

Well, there ya have it!

Obviously, this show has been life-changing and completely awesome and fun for all involved!!

Be sure to see the show so that you can soak in all the awesome!!!!!!

The remaining performances are as follows:

April 11th at 8 pm
April 11th at 11:59 pm
April 12th at 8 pm

$7 for Students/Staff/Faculty
$12 for General Admission

**The show contains adult content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

People are sponges.

And shows are water.

Soak in the performances and you will have them forever.

Because human sponges don’t let go.


It’s easy if you try it.


I hope to see you at the show!!!

A-Kroeps out!

“It is EASY to say no.” Antigone: Opening Weekend

“To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It’s easy to say no, even if it means dying.”

-Antigone by Jean Anoulih

Hello friends! As I mentioned in my last post, our latest Mainstage production, Antigone, has opened at Cabaret! Well, it opened a day late, because of the snow, BUT the show must go on!


Dear Weather,

Ain’t nobody got time for this blizzard!


The Cast of Antigone at Cabaret Theatre

Continue reading