RNL 8: Better Late than Pregnant is GR8 (and Opening Friday)!!!

Here I am, sitting in the audience of RNL 8, and I can’t believe we’re back here!

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No Way, No How, No Doubt

Hello all!!!

My it’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

Too long!

Way too long!


But anywho, happy spring!


I’m back to let you all know what’s going on in the next few months, including our first main stage of this semester…Doubt!!!!

It’s a parable.

By John Patrick Shanley.

And I’m excited.


Let’s get started!


For those of you who don’t know about the wonderful opportunities that Cabaret has to offer…let me tell you!!

And for those who do know, sit tight and learn again!


1. Doubt is being directed by Emily Petrick.

1.b. Doubt is the first main stage that Emily is directing!

1.c. Check out that talent!

2. The cast of the show is a small one, consisting of only four actors.

2.b. The cast is very close.

2.c. So close, there is no air between them. They have literally melded together into one super-actor.

2.d. And I do mean literally.

3. Conclusion: Cabaret’s opportunities are awesome!!! You can have the time of your life, all while gaining first-hand theater experience!

3.b. What can be better than that?!

3.c. Answer: Adam Lambert. And/or Beyoncé.



Here’s a list of all the people involved with Doubt:



Written by John Patrick Shanley

Directed by Emily Petrick
Assistant Director – Gina D’Angelo
Stage Manager – Kayla Votapek

Father Flynn: Dan Conroy
Sister Aloysius: Jasia Ries 
Sister James: Ashtyn Greenstein
Mrs. Mullen: Alexis Craig-Hart 


*Ahem, ahem* And sound is done by me. Allie Kroeper. Sound goddess.

Sonic genius, if you will.

But really, Kayla Votapek is the genius. I just push the buttons.


Anywho, the show dates and times are as follows:

February 7th at 8 pm

February 8th at 8 pm

February 9th at 7 pm

February 14th at 8 pm*

February 15th at 8 pm

February 16th at 7 pm

*The Valentine’s Day show proceeds donated to Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center Pediatric Care.

$7 Students/Faculty/Seniors
$12 General Admission

Email cabtheatre@gmail.com 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!*

*Note: Reservations are not guaranteed. Patrons with reservations must arrive at least one half-hour prior to the stated performance time to purchase their tickets. Reservations may be voided at the discretion of the Box Office Management twenty minutes prior to the scheduled performance to accommodate any patrons on the waiting list or any walk-up sales.


Now moving on to more things on the horizon…

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson auditions are right around the corner!


They will be:

Monday, February 10th, 7pm-11pm

Tuesday, February 11th, 7pm-11pm


Callbacks will be:

Wednesday, February 12th, TBD


Here is what you need to do for the audition:

Prepare 16-32 bars of an uptempo rock or pop song. Do NOT prepare a song from a musical.

Sides will be provided.

Please bring a copy of your Spring 2014 schedule and any applicable conflicts.

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

If you are currently involved in a production with Cabaret Theatre, Livingston Theatre Company, and/or College Avenue Players, you are welcome to audition!

6 women
8 men
Those cast must have a strong comedic range, as well as vocal talent and dance aptitude.

If you have any questions about auditions or Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, you may e-mail the director, Leah Christians, at leahdchristians@gmail.com or the producer, Meghan King, at producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com.

Bring tons of personality with you — that is important!



Next up…the 6th Annual Original Play Festival, yay!!!!!!


We are currently accepting submissions of original plays. Please keep them to 10 minutes (10 pages). If you have written more than that, then that is fine! No need to scrap a thing!

Submissions are due by February 17th at 11:59pm, so get to it!

You must email your submissions to Justice Hehir (the Play Fest Coordinator) at justicehehir@gmail.com, and cc them to Meg King (Cabaret’s Producer) at producer.cabarettheatre@gmail.com, and Courtney King (Artistic Director) at artistic.cabarettheatre@gmail.com.

Having trouble with the brainstorm? Feeling a bit writer’s blocky?

Have no fear!! The Cabaret Theatre Playwrights Collective is here!

The Collective meets every Sunday at noon on the second floor of the Douglass Campus Center.

We read play stuffs, write play stuffs, discuss play stuffs, workshop play stuffs, and even drink tea stuffs!

So come on over this weekend!

Or you will see this face:


And who wants to see that?


Next (Again…oy, there’s lots to cover!!)

Keep an eye out for the special project, which is A Night of Shakespeare!


And contrary to popular belief (and by “popular” I mean “my”) Shakespeare is not when you shake a spear around and chase people down the street with it. Shakespeare was some famous writer during the renaissance or something?

Yeah I didn’t know about him, either.


Anywho, this is a coffeehouse-style event in which Shakespeare lovers will be given the opportunity to perform their favorite Shakespearean monologue or scene. If you are interested in performing at this event or have a random question about it that you would like answered, then email Courtney King (Artistic Director) at artistic.cabarettheatre@gmail.com.



And finally (glad I can say finally!): Rutgers Night Live!!!


RNL is a sketch comedy show based on Saturday Night Live, and it is always filled with stunning moments in which everyone has a good old time with some happy and healthy family fun. Here’s a picture from RNL VII to prove it!


So, so happy.


RNL VIII will be on:

Friday, February 28th at 8pm

Saturday, March 1st at 8pm

Saturday, March 1st at 11:59pm


Believe me: you do not want to miss it!


Anywho, that’s all the time I have for now.


A-Kroeps out!


Showcasing New Directorial Talent, Part VI

Hello my chickadees! I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my role as guest writer for Inside Cabaret; it reminds me of the golden, olden days (like last year) when times were simpler and therefore oh so much better. 



(Actual photo from last year when I was Social Media Chairwoman!)

Anyways, back to the reason why I’m writing this blog post; it is time for our 6th Annual Directors’ Showcase!



(Shoutout to my fantastic, magical Graphic Designer Emily Johnson!)

In case you don’t know what the DS is, Directors’ Showcase was started six years ago as a way for people who have never directed before, but wanted to try it out, to test out their skills. There are normally 4-5 short (10 minutes approx.) scenes with so many opportunities for not only for new directors, but also new actors, techies, etc. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I am so proud that it has continued for six awesome years. 

So, Directors’ Showcase opens TONIGHT, November 15th at 8 pm. Here’s a little bit of information via the FB event

Cabaret Theatre’s 6th Annual Directors’ Showcase
Coordinated by Allison Kroeper
Stage Managed by Stephanie van Oppen 

Friday, November 15th – 8pm
Saturday, November 16th – 8pm
Sunday, November 17th – 7pm

Suggested donation of $5.

Watch as four up-and-coming directors take to the stage with a cast of talented actors and a collection of excellent scenes! Since its founding, Cabaret has been dedicated to developing new artists and student talent with workshops and showcases. Come and support developing theater artists at your favorite place to see student theater!
The plays, directors, and casts are as follows:

Final Placement – Written by: Ara Watson
Directed by: Kayla Votapek
Luellen: Kelsey Potkay
Mary: Justice Hehir


The Lives of the Great Waitresses – Written by: Nina Shengold
Directed by: Jasia Ries
Yetta: Alyssa Krompier
Kay: Esther Adesina
Tammie Sue: Sam Vargas
Melissa: Julia Barnett

Left to Right – Written by: Steven Dietz
Directed by: Christen Demnitz
Scott: Mendel Teitelbaum
Ron: Chris Randise
Dee: Constance Huang
Angie: Laura Pomykala

Seven Jewish Children – Written by: Caryl Churchill
Directed by: Stephanie Van Huss
Grandpa: Andy Martinez
Dad: Sherif Ibrahim
Brother: Dan Conroy
Grandma: Megan Cavanagh
Mom: Marie Ferguson
Sister: Julia Barnett

*Proceeds from the Sunday showing of Directors’ Showcase will benefit the Rutgers Student Life: Leadership & Service Alternative Break, where 50 Rutgers students will be working with the hunger and homelessness population in Washington, D.C.

To reserve tickets to the show, email cabtheatre@gmail.com with your name, the number of tickets you would like to reserve, and the date and time of the performance you wish to see. 

As you can see, normal Social Media Chairwoman is the coordinator this year and MAMA IS SO PROUD OF HER BABY GIRL!! WORK IT!!



(I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Allie is the President of the Entire Universe and also an astronaut.)

Side note: Last year, when I wrote the DS blog post, I included a .gif from “Friday” by Rebecca Black. This remains one of my proudest moments as the Inside Cabaret blog writer. Just for nostalgia, here’s the music video we all love and miss:


Y’all are welcome.


For your viewing pleasure, here are some creepy iPhone photos taken from the audience two nights ago during tech week. I should really take up stalking as a profession. 







The entire cast caught completely off guard. Classy bunch of actors, all of them.



Some gorgeous lighting — shout out to the always fabulous Co-Master Electrician Liz!


Justice and Kelsey working it in the opening scene “Final Placement”, directed by the fantastic Kayla Votapek (my beautiful and talented Press Secretary)!



“Seven Jewish Children”, directed by Stephanie Van Huss. Prepare yourself for some feels.


Okay, I’m done shamelessly plugging Directors’ Showcase. Come see it for yourself tonight and tomorrow at 8 pm and Sunday at 7 pm! 

Nutter out. 


RNL VII: Ridiculous, Ravishing Rugrats

Hey ladies and gents…NUTTER IS BACK (for now).

Our usual fabulous Social Media Chairwoman, Ms. Allie Kroeper, is in the performance and I’ve taken it upon myself to write on her behalf. It’s nice to return to my old stomping ground. And I’m so proud of her!

I’m sitting in the audience of Cabaret Theatre Presents: Rutgers Night Live VII: Her Legs Went On For Days and I can’t believe that my first blogpost about RNL was a year ago! Some things have changed, some haven’t, but it’s nice to see RNL back and ready to go for another semester! We’ve had some major changes to the RNL crew since last time, but its just as ridiculous and awesome as ever, god save us all.

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“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

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HONOUR: Tech Week Updates, Sneak Peek Photos and & Play Info

Hello my fellow Cabaret enthusiasts! This post happens to be very near and dear to my heart, because it involves the opening of Honour at Cabaret Theatre this weekend (December 7, 8 & 9)!!

Honour will mark my debut on the Cabaret stage and this experience has been life-changing. Not only do I get to perform a play that is one of the most beautiful plays I have ever read, the Honour cast and crew have all become my close friends. 

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME ALREADY, FOR GOSH SAKES! You came here to see some photos and get some updates before coming to see Honour this weekend, am I right?

Well, below is the obligatory FB event information for your viewing pleasure (as well as the link to the event). 


Cabaret Theatre Proudly Presents:
by Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed By: Courtney King

December 7th and 8th at 8pm and December 9th at 7pm

“Do I love you Gus? Perhaps I loved belonging to you-and thus to this earth, in fact, to the very earth? I want to make you feel a memory of this. So that one day in a fleeting moment, you feel the surest sense of lovelessness and through that-the unmistakable clasp of terror.”-Honor

“Honour” is a play about a man in his fifties who leaves his wife Honor for a young reporter named Claudia after thirty-two years of marriage. Claudia is only a little older than Gus and Honor’s daughter Sophie. This familiar tale is told in a different light, it is stripped completely down to how we communicate with each other in difficult situations. Through the course of this play, the characters are forced to come to terms with the situations affecting their lives. The play is based on confrontations and conversations between the characters that force about the topics of; love, trust, safety, responsibility, lust, history, and of course, honor. This is a story that everyone can relate to because it focuses on the complexity of familial experience, which is something that everyone can share!

Production Staff:
Assistant Director: Kate Thomas
Stage Manager: Allison Kroeper
Assistant Stage Manager: Kayla Votapek
Lighting Designer: Jared Gallegos

Honor: Alyssa Krompier
Gus: Bobby O’Rourke
Claudia: Abigail Nutter
Sophie: Justice Hehir

$7 for students/staff/faculty
$12 for General Admission

Email cabtheatre@gmail.com 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!*

And as promised, some behind-the-scene shots:
The beautiful Spencer family. Aren’t they just perfect?
Yours truly posing with the DCC Scarlet Knight, even he’s coming to see Honour!
Justice (aka our little Sophie) looking like a model as she does some “five minutes of nothing”.
ImageClaudia, Gus, and Honor take some time to ourselves. 
“I’m not ready to die yet, I am not ready to die yet.” “What a shame.”
The Spencer family (and Claudia) share a nice family lunch on set. Cast bonding, whattup!
ImageClaudia and Gus sharing a tender moment. What a lovely, f-d up couple!
Please spread the word by reposting this article or promoting the show as best as you can. The play is too spectacular to miss, I promise you. And it probably has the best one-liners written in history. 
Spread the word, reserve tickets, and come support the cast of Honour this weekend! Check back this week for more updates and fun photos!