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!


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!!


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 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 or the producer, Meghan King, at

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, and cc them to Meg King (Cabaret’s Producer) at, and Courtney King (Artistic Director) at

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



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!