Lottery numbers, Polar Bears, and Smoke Monsters–oh my! Time for Murder Ballad.

Since my last couple of blogs have been BOOMING in stats, I’ve officially reached Cabaret Blog celebrity status (no photographs please) (actually please take some I need new headshots).

I can hardly walk around the Rutgers University campus without having my fellow peers stare at me in a star-struck manner. I can sense their jealousy and awe. I receive so many compliments per day, like:

  • Is that smell coming from her?
  • Does she know that she’s talking to a wall?
  • Why is she making frog noises?

I’m swimming in compliments here folks, it’s almost unbearable. I don’t know how NSync did it (#RIP #forevernostringsattached)

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That being said, I know you all are DYING to hear about my personal life. I am pleased to inform you that I am currently on season 6 of Lost, and every episode makes me cry. Jack is my number #1 again, as Sawyer started to annoy me, and Desmond apparently isn’t in this season. Also, Richard Albert has the best backstory (Izz-ah-bellaaaa). They’re my characters and you can’t have them.

getonwithit

Alright, alright. What other show did I binge watch this summer? Dexter! And what is Dexter about? Murder!

Presenting…

Murder Ballad

Cabaret’s newest main stage and my worst segue.

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Currently, I am sitting in Cabaret Theatre as the cast, crew, and band prepare for their first tech rehearsal. This set is by far one of my favorites at Cabaret to date. First off, there’s a pool table which also serves as a bed (*wink). Second, there’s a bar (*double wink). Third, you can walk, jump, and do *naughty* things ON the bar (*no more winking). Fourth, the band is center stage on the platform. It is perfect and I love it so.

I personally had never heard of Murder Ballad before Cabaret announced it as one of the mainstages for the 2014-2015 season. Going into this rehearsal, I had no idea what to expect. But, as I walked in to the band warming up to RHCP, I knew the show would not disappoint.

Get it? Get it? *gags*

Get it? Get it? *gags*

Murder Ballad is a steamy exploration of the complications of love, the compromises we make and the betrayals that undo us. This is the dramatic story of a love triangle gone wrong centering on Sara, an uptown girl who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. Sex, love, lies, and a murder fill this show with pure entertainment that should not be missed.

Words I like in this description: Steamy. Betrayal. Lingers enticingly. And love triangle (Jack, Kate, and Sawyer anyone?).

"We have to go back"

“We have to go back”

Since this show is a “ballad”, the pit and the actors’ musical abilities are given prime time to shine. Even I was impressed, and I’m usually a tough cookie to please when it comes to musicals. The Narrator has a sexy and electrifying belt; Sara’s sweet looks deceive her fiery persona; Michael’s ever-lovable and huggable character had me awing and gasping in every scene; and Tom exemplifies rock n’ roll with a hot Kansas twist, ever tempting us all to the dark side.

While waiting for the run to begin, I decided to “interview” a few key members of the staff, crew, and performers. Here’s what they had to say:

(Here I take on my Nshady persona. Imagine it. It’s awesome)

A brief interview with Justin Brown (director)

  • Nshady: Hi Justin Brown
  • JB: Hi.
  • Nshady: Describe the show in five words. Go.
  • JB: Wait, does it have to be…five…adjectives?
  • Nshady: Sure, why not. Go!
  • JB: Sexy, malicious, electrifying….rock…and roll.

A surprise interview with Justin Luckenbaugh (actor)

  • Nshady: Hi Justin!
  • JL: Hi Natasha!
  • Nshady: What is the most annoying thing about director Justin?
  • JL: What?! I don’t know…he listens to Beyonce a lot. And he enjoys the sexual parts of this show.

Lauren Burcheri (pianist) tells me about things

  • Nshady: Hi Lauren!
  • LB: ….Hi…
  • Nshady: Five favorite moments of the show…go!
  • LB: Practicing with the pit and creating a dynamic together, the music and the story of the show is very catchy, the fact that I was still able to do this show even though the dates were moved, and I like that there’s not a formal conductor with the music, which allows us to just jam and go with it, and Justin as the director.

Jared Gallegos (tech crew), a.k.a. the only person who asks me how I’m doing

  • Nshady: Hi Jared!
  • JG: Hello! How are you?
  • Nshady: I’m great, how are you?
  • JG: Doing fine.
  • Nshady: How has your experience been doing tech with the show so far?
  • JG: Somewhat rushed, but I’m actually on the same time-frame as I usually am. Yeah…that’s it.

A brief interview of no importance with Steph van Oppen (Managing Director)

  • Nshady: What do you like best about your pink hair, and why is it pink?
  • SvO: Pink matches all of my…blue clothes.

A hot and steamy with Mary Berko (choreographer)

  • Nshady: Hi Mary!
  • MB: Hi!
  • Nshady: What did you do for the show?
  • MB: This show?
  • Nshady: Yes this show.
  • MB: I helped choreograph some great scenes…slash modern dance…but not really.
  • Nshady: I hear there may be a sex scene. Can you confirm the rumors?
  • MB: Yes, I can confirm that. It’s very abstract.
  • Nshady: Is it hot and steamy?
  • MB: It’s pretty hot and steamy.
  • Nshady: You heard it, folks.

I confuse Dalton Zogleman (actor)…a lot…

  • Nshady: Hi Dalton!
  • DZ: Hi Natasha!
  • Nshady: How has being from Kansas inspired your role in this show?
  • DZ: ……..Um……that’s a great question…how has being from Kansas inspired my role in this show………………………………………………….I have no clue……………………..I really don’t know………………(laughter)…………………………….(awkward laughter)………………………………. ……………………..(silence)……………………………..
  • Nshady: Alright, I’ll give you a take two. Hey Dalton.
  • DZ: Hey Natasha…
  • Nshady: What are your thoughts about American Foreign Policy? Go.
  • DZ: I think that there’s much room for improvement and I am a proud citizen of this United States of America.
  • Nshady: Very political of you.
  • DZ: Thank you.

Courtney King (Artistic Director) loves me more than you do!

  • Nshady: Hi hi!
  • CK: Hi! Wassup?
  • Nshady: What is the best thing about my super awesome fun-time blog?
  • CK: Um…Natasha…you write your blog…so that’s the best thing…that you write it. And Natasha is my favorite. She often incorporates poop and that’s exciting for us all…and her…because she loves poop. And she is a beautiful actress. We’ll miss her so much when she leaves us for France.
  • Nshady: Yes I’m wonderful. Let’s segue into Murder Ballad now. What is your favorite thing about the show?
  • CK: My favorite thing about Murder Ballad is that we’re incorporating a new set up; we have a bar and we’re using the band onstage. It’s a whole new environment for Cabaret.

FOR THE RECORD COURTNEY MENTIONED POOP IN THIS BLOG, NOT ME.

Just had to get that out there.

Yeah and I'm proud of it.

Yeah and I’m proud of it.

Here is all the info you need for the show:

Cabaret Theatre presents,

Murder Ballad

*****This production contains adult language and content. We recommend this show for mature audiences only.*****

Dates::

– Thursday, November 20th @ 8pm

– Friday, November 21st @ 8pm

– Saturday, November 22nd @ 8pm and 11:59pm

– Sunday, November 23rd @ 7pm

Performances will be held at Cabaret Theatre. The theatre is located at the corner of Suydam Street and Nichol Avenue on the Douglass Campus.

Tickets::

– $7 Students/Faculty/Staff/Seniors

– $12 General Admission

Please email ticket reservations complete with your name, date of performance, number of tickets needed to cabtheatre@gmail.com***

***Please arrive more than 20 minutes before show time. If later you risk losing your reservation to those on the waiting list.

Meet the Cast:

– Narrator: Erica Nader

– Sara: Stephanie Turci

– Michael: Justin Luckenbaugh

– Tom: Dalton Zogleman

 

Meet the Production Staff:

– Director: Justin Brown

– Assistant Director: Claudia Nunez

– Stage Manager: Nicola Keegan

– Assistant Stage Manager: Sabrina Pellunat

– Musical Director: Steph Mangioglu

– Assistant Musical Director: Jessica Sipe

– Choreographer: Mary Berko

 

Meet the Pit::

– Piano: Lauren Burcheri

– Drums: Evan Tsioni

– Bass Guitar: James Nascimento

– Guitar: Justin DeUmberto


Come see all of these beautiful people and their hard work this weekend! Be prepared for a raucous time. Did I mention Dalton is from Kansas? He’s from Kansas. Apparently there’s a lot of corn there. And tornadoes. And lots of women named Dorothy.

Side note–this is my last theatre review for the blog (insert sad face here), as I am graduating in a little over three weeks. How weird is that? I’ll have a “sign-off” post after the holiday, and introduce you to our new Social Media Chair! (her name may or may not be Kristen and she may or may not be equally as cool as I am)

Until then, I’ll be flying planes from LAX to Australia trying to get back to the Island. See ya in another life, brotha.

Nshady, out.

***ALSO Rutgers Night Live Auditions are this Monday from 8-Midnight, with Callbacks on Tuesday TBD, both at Cabaret. Come out and audition! You’ll get to meet me! Bring your funny bones, and make sure to leave all of the non-funny ones at home.***

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Smells like teen spirit…I mean, Dog Sees God

Welcome to Palindrome Land! Population, tire.

Featuring…

  • He won snow, eh?
  • Racecar
  • DOG SEES GOD (SHOW TITLE SHOW TITLE ALERT ALERT)
  • No lemons, no melon.
  • Was it a bar or a bat I saw?
  • Egad! No bondage?

And my favorite:

  • Ah, Satan sees Natasha.

Hey look my name is in a palindrome! Hey look it’s pretty creepy! Hey look now Annabelle is going to attack me!

Disregard the creepiness of my own name in a palindrome, and focus on the show DOG SEES GOD.

INTENSE.

INTENSE.

This show has teenage angst written all over it…and sex, death, love, gossip, confusion and anger. DSG encompasses every emotion a young person can experience in finding himself. In an intricate journey of exploration, provoked by the death of a beloved pooch (RIP), the characters question and challenge their relationships with one another, and ultimately embody what it means to be human.

Dog Sees God provoked a lot of emotions and memories within my own self. First of all, my high school experience was in NO way like this show. I enjoyed my nap time and study time. These teenagers party, set people on fire, challenge social norms, and have threesomes. Yeah. Not my high school experience.

Look how cool I was.

Look how cool I was.

One aspect that really struck me was the dog’s death (this is not a spoiler alert, because the first scene opens with the funeral. Don’t be hatin’). This is an event that not only affects the main character of CB, but it forces the other characters to come to terms with their own limited existence. CB’s dog’s surprising passing somehow makes the teenagers lives more real. It propels all of their actions, and makes them face the fact that “we handle grief in different ways”. All of these characters experience a different aspect and meaning of grief. I’ll leave it up to you to discover what it means to each one.

Dog owners can certainly relate to CB’s grief. I know I can…it completely depressed me. Thinking about what would happen if my puppy-wup somehow wasn’t here anymore. ..CB’s friends just don’t understand what it is like to have a life-long companion taken from you! Here’s a picture of my pup. Think of her as CB’s dog, and then you too will cry.

Aw she's got little angel wings on....this is making everything worse.

Aw she’s got little angel wings on….this is making everything worse.

And now the explanation of the title, given by the character of Beethoven:

A dog sees god in his master

(I’m trying to hold back the tears right now)

 

Let’s get to some details of the production:

LOVE THIS

LOVE THIS

Cabaret’s first Main Stage Production of the year:

DOG SEES GOD

(information graciously stolen taken from the Facebook event)

Simultaneously hysterical and haunting, DOG SEES GOD by Bert V. Royal tells the twisted tale of a group of reckless teenagers who come face-to-face with some of life’s darkest and most daunting challenges. With a brilliant combination of humor, cruelty, and endearing honesty, the characters are forced to confront their demons head-on in this story of truth and transformation.

 

This production will run for TWO weekends:

– Friday, October 17th at 8pm

– Saturday, October 18th at 8pm

– Sunday, October 19th at 7pm

– Friday, October 24th at 8pm

– Saturday, October 25th at 8pm

– Sunday, October 26th at 7pm

 

Where? You should know by now…

Cabaret Theatre, located at the corner of Suydam Street and Nichol Avenue on the Douglass Campus.

 

Tickets*

$7 — students/faculty/staff

$12– general admission

*Please reserve tickets by emailing cabtheatre@gmail.com

You know you want to

You know you want to.

Who’s who in the Cast:

Andy Martinez

Dan English

Julia Barnett

Sam Vargas

Shachar May

Alex Albanese

Tyler Conroy

Kelly McCarthy

 

And the Production Staff:

– Director: Alyssa Krompier

– Assistant Director: Kat Beliavski

– Stage Manager: Eddie Norgard

– Assistant Stage Manager: Ja’mie King

Preach it boys!

Preach it boys!

****This production of DOG SEES GOD contains Trigger Language and adult content. We recommend this show for mature audiences only.****

 

Moments I love in the production:

  • Alex’s rendition of one of Chopin’s etudes (beautiful and haunting, I love you Alex)
  • The party scene
  • Andy Martinez. Always Andy Martinez.
  • Julia’s platypus/butterfly interpretive dance.
  • Sam’s hot bod.
  • All of the Romance scenes wink wink
Sassy Sam Yum Yum

Sassy Sam Yum Yum

Alright, I’m going to stop myself there before I give up any key moments in the production. You’ll have to see it for yourself! Dog Sees God is the essence of a Cabaret Theatre production, and it works perfectly in the black box theatre environment.

That’s all for now, folks. I’ll leave you with another picture of Izzy. Look at her cuteness!

We're in love

We’re in love.

N-Shady, out.

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 cmp258@scarletmail.rutgers.edu, producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com, and artistic.cabarettheatre@gmail.com! 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 producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com; Steph van Oppen (our Managing Director) at managing.cabarettheatre@gmail.com; and Chris Price (the ever-so-awesome director of the Revue) at cmp258@scarletmail.rutgers.edu.

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!

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[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!!!!!

Natasha!

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:

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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

Tickets:
$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.

Poetry.

It’s easy if you try it.

Anywho…

I hope to see you at the show!!!

A-Kroeps out!

Senior Interviews: Back-Stage Edition!

Almost there, true believers! University Commencement is TODAY, which means that the class of 2012 will officially blow this proverbial popsicle stand. Nevertheless, we here at Inside Cabaret still have work to do up until that bell on Old Queens gets rung incessantly, so away we go with a very special edition of the Cabaret Cuestionnaire!

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Alex is finishing up his Ed.M. with the Graduate School of Education here at Rutgers. While not teaching math to teenagers, Alex can be found being an all around good guy, helping out in any way he can down at the Cabaret. He was dragged unwittingly to the theatre by former managing director Erik Stratton, fulfilling a shortage we had of able labor. Still, we weren’t able to get him on-stage as a performer, but he sure did love pushing the buttons in the booth during multiple productions over the last two years!

Here we see Alex reppin’ Cabaret in what appears to be a shark fight.

– Past Cabaret Credits/Roles/Jobs/Positions:

  • Helped make a cake with Erik for one performance of rabbit hole (I think after that they bought cakes)
  • Pushed the light button a bunch of times for Cloud 9 and sewed the head back on the doll
  • Assistant lighting designer for Spelling Bee
  • Box Office Manager along with Tobi/Webmaster for 2011-2012
  • Stage Manager/Lighting/Sound for Directors Showcase 2011
  • Technical Stage Manager for Eleemosynary

– Where are you from? Where would you like to live in the future?

Northern New Jersey, but I’ll probably end up living somewhere else

– Favorite Culinary Establishment in the New Brunswick Area?

Definitely Neilson, although Stuff Yer Face is pretty good

– Same-color or Mix-match socks?

I’m not sure I own socks that match

– On what TV show would you like to guest star in a 3-episode mini-arc?

Parks and Recreation

Always prepared, Alex came to Rutgers Day… prepared… with food… (Editor’s Note: It’s late.)

– Who do you most want to punch in the eye?

Well, it would have to be someone with eyes…

– What’s your degree supposed to be in?

Math Education

– What was your least favorite class at Rutgers?

Expos….so far that’s the only question I haven’t had to think about at all

– What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Someone with a job

– What are you probably going to be when you grow up?

I don’t think I’m going to grow up

– What would you like to be when you grow up?

Someone with a job at a college

– Favorite Cabaret experience as a performer/prostaffer?

Eleemosynary

Alex never f**ks up the ratio.


– Favorite Cabaret experience as an audience member?

Streamers, cause it’s when I found out Cabaret existed

– If you could change one thing about Cabaret, what would it be?

Working thermostats. Second question I didn’t have to think about

– How has Cabaret changed in your time there?

Definitely not working thermostats!

– Budget & talent pool aside, what show would you most like to see Cabaret do in the future?

Rent, I think LTC did it a while ago, but I didn’t get to see it

– What makes Cabaret special?

Lots of stuff: The unisex bathroom, leaky roof, the pool, only one working light bulb in the prop/dressing rooms, but mostly the amount of time and work everyone spends on shows without getting anything back for it

– What has the college (theatre) experience taught you about yourself?

It turns out, I like other stuff besides math.

Like being pushed around. In a good way.

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What can we say about Nicole Reich? Without her, the place literally would not work. Her tenure as Technical Director and constant involvement in lighting and design for the majority of the shows over the last 4 years has made her into a crucial creative entity at Cabaret and at uptown rival LTC. We’d ask her how many sleepless hours she spent at Cabaret, but we don’t want to get punched. And she’ll punch you. She will. Not kidding. We’ve seen it. Seriously. Don’t f**k with her. She’ll annihilate your face with a stare, and then pummel your bare skull until it’s gelatin, which she’ll then scoop up and use to shine the lens on the Source 4s hanging above the stage.

Nicole living dangerously in the Cabaret Sky.

– Past Cabaret Credits/Roles/Jobs/Positions

  • Lighting Designer, Elegies
  • Sound Designer, I Love You Because…
  • Technical Director, 2010-2011 (Streetcar, ILYB, Rabbit Hole, Cloud 9, Spelling Bee)
  • Lighting Designer, Godspell
  • House Manager, 2009-2010
  • Stage Manager, The Cocktail Hour
  • Stage Manager, “Up, Out & Away!” (1st ever original play festival)

– Where are you from? Where would you like to live in the future?

I’m from Piscataway, currently living in Edison, and hope to live in New York at some point in my life. Not forever, but for a while.

– Favorite Culinary Establishment in the New Brunswick Area?

You can never go wrong with Stuff Yer Face.

– Same-color or Mix-match socks?

Same color. And white. I’m boring.

– On what TV show would you like to guest star in a 3-episode mini-arc?

Doctor Who

– Who do you most want to punch in the eye?

No comment. (Editor’s Note: See above)

– What’s your degree supposed to be in?

Some science thing (aka genetics)

– What was your least favorite class at Rutgers?

Orgo. Hands down.

Here we see Nicole doing something important.

– What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A doctor.

– What are you probably going to be when you grow up?

In theater. Somehow.
– What would you like to be when you grow up?

Happy.

– Favorite Cabaret experience as a performer/prostaffer?

Elegies

– Favorite Cabaret experience as an audience member?

Eurydice

– If you could change one thing about Cabaret, what would it be?

The heat!

– How has Cabaret changed in your time there?

Oh man. Well 427 wasn’t black, and the hallway wasn’t blue. The lobby was still red and we had an enormous ticket booth, and a pay phone taking up space. (Why is everything about paint colors?) More importantly, Cabaret is putting up better quality shows and has better people running it.

– Budget & talent pool aside, what show would you most like to see Cabaret do in the future?

I don’t know?

– What makes Cabaret special?

It’s a great community of people, who are willing to let you try new things and experiment. You make lasting friends at Cabaret.

– What has the college (theatre) experience taught you about yourself?

College (theatre) is all well and good, but sometimes my sanity comes first.

What stage of insanity is this?

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You ever open up a Cabaret playbill or look at a Cabaret set or visit the Cabaret website or walk past the Cabaret marquis or open your eyes ever? Well, odds are that you saw some wonderful artwork and design by the magnificent Ms. Hanna Canfield. As Cabaret’s resident “scenic artist,” Hanna has drawn, painted, stenciled, sponged, and/or stickered some piece of every show since Lieutenant of Inishmore(for those counting, that goes all the way back to Fall 2008!). Everything from set pieces to posters to show logos to a giant scarlet R on the floor forRevue: Parte Deux, Hanna’s the go-to-gal for drawling.

Also, she regularly received college credit for working with bovine and other farm animals.

Hanna “drawing” the logo for Streamers!

Past Cabaret Credits/Roles/Jobs/Positions

Scenic Artist, Logo artist, Ruth in the SH!T PLAY in last year’s Original Play Festival, and a LOT of miscellaneous tech work

– Where are you from? Where would you like to live in the future?

I was from Connecticut…now Florida as of December. Hopefully I will eventually call Colorado or Hawaii home.

– Favorite Culinary Establishment in the New Brunswick Area?

Stuff Yer Face.

– Same-color or Mix-match socks?

Same-color as long as they’re a fun pattern.

Hanna in the Cabaret lockerroom, preparing for the SH!T play with fellow Cabbies Casey and Sir Nick (who exchange-studented back to England).

– On what TV show would you like to guest star in a 3-episode mini-arc?

A cartoon probably. I’d like to see an animated version of myself, and voice acting would be fun.

– Who do you most want to punch in the eye?

George Lucas.

– What’s your degree supposed to be in?

I’m an Animal Science major, Pre-vet option, biology minor.

– What was your least favorite class at Rutgers?

Orgo, hands down.

– What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be an archaeologist, paleontologist, or marine biologist. I really like science.

– What are you probably going to be when you grow up?

Definitely going to be a veterinarian! I’m still deciding on which vet school to choose, but I’m 99% sure I’m going to St. George’s University in Grenada this fall.

– What would you like to be when you grow up?

I want to be a veterinarian for shelter animals and for zoo animals. Ideally.

– Favorite Cabaret experience as a performer/prostaffer?

Dog Sees God.

Hanna with the cast of Dog Sees God, which was a cross between Peanuts and Slackers with an Acid cocktail thrown into the blender. And, apparently, mixed metaphors.

– Favorite Cabaret experience as an audience member?

Lieutenant of Inishmore.

– If you could change one thing about Cabaret, what would it be?

More fake blood. We had so much of that freshman year. Where did it go?

– How has Cabaret changed in your time there?

I could probably write an essay on that, but for the sake of time, it got cleaner and more professional. But I’ve always loved it in any condition!

– Budget & talent pool aside, what show would you most like to see Cabaret do in the future?

Honestly, I really don’t know a whole lot of shows. I just like painting and things.

– What makes Cabaret special?

It’s such a unique place. I love black box theatres, and I love that the space is so versatile.

– What has the college (theatre) experience taught you about yourself?

I need to draw or paint something once in a while. It makes me a much happier person.

Especially rodents. They’re the best to draw. Always.

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Three Lovely Ladies

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Again!

A Letter to the class of 2012

One more post is coming, ladies and gentlemen, and it’s going to be a doozy! Stay tuned!

And happy graduation!

Meet the 2012-2013 Executive Board!

Hey Cabaret peeps!

With only one more weekend of Spring Awakening, and Cabaret’s Original Play Festival around the corner, there doesn’t seem to be a lot left of the school year!!

And, even worse, WE ARE LOSING OUR ENTIRE EXECUTIVE BOARD!!!! OH NOEZ!

And so, its time for change. It’s time for revolution!

It is time for us all to decide who we are…

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Do you hear it!?

Sorry.

Before I go off on another musical tangent, here is the new Executive Board for the upcoming season:

Producer:

Meg King

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Ain't she attractive?

Meghan is so unbelievably thrilled to be Producer for 2012-2013 season! She was last seen stage managing for Cabaret’s How I Learned to Drive and Cloud Nine and directing in this year’s Directors’ Showcase and also in the upcoming Original Play Festival. You also may have seen her perhaps running around covered in paint and sawdust as the Technical Coordinator at Cabaret this year. Her previous backstage credits include work on A Streetcar Named Desire, Pippin, Barnum, Sweeney Todd, and Children of Eden. Her favorite roles include Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and Gibbon in Godspell. Meghan is a sophomore History and Women and Gender Studies double major with a minor in Social Justice. In the little time she is not at her second home, Cabaret, she is in organizations through DRC, will be serving as an RA next year, or several other activities and clubs she’s in on campus. Her love for this organization knows no end and she cannot wait to see all the great things we will do next year!

Artistic Director:

Melissa Gabilanes

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This girl directs in her sleep!

Melissa, after two years of being the House Manager of Cabaret Theatre, is more accustomed to reading other people’s bios than writing her own. But here it goes. Melissa enjoys theatre, talking about Douglass Residential College, and stuffed pastas. Her hobbies include making lists of things to do and then staring at them until they do themselves, cleaning Cabaret more than her own room, and working on an art installation she has entitled “I am only a junior and my thesis is taking control of my life, please help”. She is majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Theater Arts, and is currently working on an aforementioned honors thesis that makes both departments very, very happy. Her directing work was last seen on the Cabaret stage with her production of Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary this past March, and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole last spring semester. She also is responsible for the use of Mario Kart music during the intermission of last fall’s Directors’ Showcase: Showdown. Among other things, she was the Special Events Coordinator for The Livingston Theatre Company for the last two years and made possible that brilliant, awful thing where a musical is rehearsed and produced in 24 hours. It was in the Targum. Melissa currently lives in Bath with her 26 cats, and has sworn to never write another novel again as long as the g-men stop hunting her.

Managing Director:

Mike Moser

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A band kid involved in Cabaret? Impossible!

In the words of Mike:

“I hail from Swedesboro which is somewhere in the ‘a$$ end of New Jersey.’ I was never really involved in theatre until my senior year at high school when we ran the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, and it was an experience that I kept with me up to today. I traditionally do technical work but as the new managing director, I’ll be doing much more around here. In terms of what I like to do, I really enjoy listening to music (especially classic rock, Beatles FTW!!)) and playing my sax, because, let’s face it, saxophones are sexy. I also like anything that has to do with dinosaurs, planes, trains, or automobiles, cuz they’re awesome. In addition, I am a HUGE Disney buff. I’m a huge movie buff and video game player (I’ve actually won some tournaments) and I really enjoy just chilling with my buddies more than anything. I also like to laugh and am a pretty friendly guy. In addition to that, I have a beard.”

Director of Finance:

G Ian Tomsky

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MARSHMELLOWS OMNOMNOMNOMNOM!

In the words of G:

“Hi my name is G Ian Tomsky, yes just the letter G is my first name. Its a long story. I am going to be a sophmore in the school of arts and sciences studying to transfer over to the business school to major in accounting and minor in finance. I am from Hunterdon Central Regional High School, a nice big school in the middle of nowhere. In the time I don’t spend in Cabaret working on set I am either going to class or doing something with the marching band. I look forward to meeting you all next year and making Cabaret even better known around campus.”

Director of Marketing:

Jordan Gochman

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Here, we see Jordan 'acting' in Director's Showcase!

Jordan is absolutely thrilled to be able to whore out Cabaret via Facebook more than he already does. Jordan has worked with Cabaret since his freshman year, having involved himself in every Original Play Festival and Director’s Showcase since his freshman year. Most recently, Jordan directed How I Learned to Drive on the mainstage. He has acted in Rabbit Hole and Shakespeare in Hollywood and has served as the lighting designer for Twelve Angry Men. He is also a member of Rutgers Night Live which has brought him new friends, loads of fun, and a scarred liver. Jordan is a Scorpio who likes long walks on the beach, chocolate milkshakes, and obsessing over plays, much to the annoyance of everyone around him.

How I Learned To Drive: Part 1

How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel

T-Minus 2 Days

The set is done! Cabaret Theatre prides itself on the malleability of its black box performance space. Every show calls for a different arrangement of the seats, a different lighting grid, a different set design.

Cabaret Theatre in the buff

It’s especially awe-inspiring for frequent audience members, who often marvel that, somehow, the theatre is never used the same way twice. From waterfalls to court rooms to oversized picture frames to army barracks to bookshelves to old timey movie studios to full Victorian interiors, Cabaret’s Black Box can literally become anything. And that’s what makes it so special to do a show here.

Here are some pics from the final set build:

Crew hard at work

Fearless Managing Director Erik Stratton ventures down into the Cabaret Basement. Will he return? (yes, but will he ever be the same!?!??!!?!?!?!?!?)

Scenic Designer Hanna Canfield lives dangerously (i.e. - sans shoes)

And finally, after weeks and weeks of hard, tiring, frustrating, tedious labor, Tech Directors Matt Leddin and Meg King and their crew always pull together another awe-inspiring set:

I see a little silhouette of an RV... Scaramouch, scaramouch do you drive a winnebago!

We’ll continue our coverage of How I Learned To Drive tomorrow with an interview with Cabaret Theatre’s Artistic Director, Farnaz Mansouri. Topic of conversation: putting together a play, challenging ideas about sexuality and maturation, and chocolate kittens.

Here are some snapshots from tonight’s tech rehearsal!

Director Jordan Gochman and Marc Mills (Uncle Peck). They're sexy and they know it.

The illustrious Boris Van Der Ree preps for rehearsal by folding clothes.

Actors Acting (?)

Stephanie Van Huss, Marc Mills, and Arm.

Also, look for an article in the Inside Beat section of the Daily Targum tomorrow!

Stay tuned!