Tomo Suru Players is a community theatre group that is known for pushing boundaries and sometimes challenging the audience with subject matter that can we quite edgy. This time out they are pushing physical boundaries as they are staging the dark musical Cabaret as a immersive experience for the audience in the modestly sized Club XY.
I asked both Sarah Seekamp who plays the daunting role of Sally Bowles and Max Hall who plays one of the Kit Kat Club dancers some questions about this exciting upcoming production.
1) This renowned musical is being presented in unique way – what is the funnest or scariest part of this interpretation?
Sarah: For me the most fun AND the most terrifying part of our interpretation is how close the audience is to us and how frequently we interact with them.
2) What challenges do you face as an actor when there is a Oscar winning movie version to be compared to?
Sarah: How does one compete with Liza Minnelli?! You can’t! The challenge is that people are coming in already knowing the character so It’s up to me to make sure my interpretation keeps them on their toes.
3) In your opinion what is the best – people are going to blown away by it – song in the show?
Max: I feel the audience will be blown away by the song ‘I Dont Care Much’. The MC (played by Gil) shares a beautifully raw rendition of this song that keeps you captivated.
Sarah: I love ‘Mein Herr’ but I think people are going to absolutely adore ‘Married’.
4) This is a huge production with undoubtedly many exciting challenges to rehearse and stage. What has been an accomplishment or success in rehearsal that you are most proud of that an audience might not fully realize?
Sarah: My quick change off stage after ‘Mein Herr’! Everything comes off – even the mic pack – and we some how manage to put me back together mere seconds before I burst back on stage!
Max: A huge success in this show has been the timing. From the choreography to the scene changes, the timing in this show plays a very big part in the flow of the story. I feel our production team has worked very hard to ensure the show flows when it should, and also halts when it needs to.
5) What will be the audiences biggest takeaway from this show?
Max: The biggest takeaway from this show will be the different paths the characters choose once understanding their position in politics. Some will shock you, some will please you, and some will make you feel uneasy.
Sarah: I’m hoping the audience will be able to draw a parallel between the shows’ content and what is happening in the world today… I don’t want to give too much away for those who don’t know the story yet!
October 12th – 15th and October 19th – 22nd
1216 Bute Street
TICKETS starting at $25
NOTE: EVENING SHOWS START AT 7PM
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Director Gerald Williams
Assistant Direct Johnny Wu
Musical Director Jeremy Hoffman
Choreographer Lyndsey Britten
Stage Manager Amber Scott
Costume/Prop Meaghan Cate
Lighting Michael Methot
Sally Bowles Sarah Seekamp
Emcee Gil Yaron
Frau Kost Stefanie Stanl
Cliff Bradshaw Max Smith
Ernst Ludwig John Ennis Graham
Frau Schneider Jacqollyne Keath
Herr Schultz Charlie Deagon
Kit Kat Members
Rosie Madison Sim
Frenchie Sarah Moir
Lulu Terran Milne
Helga Krista Aggerholm
Bobby Max Hall
Victor Vince Kanasoot