Auditions for a workshop production of "Cabaret" at Central Lakes College are scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. April 14 in the Bob Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
The 10-performance summer project will be developed from an academic course. Participants in the production will be encouraged to enroll in the one-credit Topics in Humanistic Theatre class.
Dennis Lamberson, instructor-director, said the July 9-21 production is part of the class Cabaret and the Holocaust: the Nazis' Rise to Power. Enrollment in the summer session class, which meets 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, is a desired aspect for participation in the show.
"In the last five years," Lamberson said, "there has been a great interest at Central Lakes College in the field of Holocaust studies. Community members and students have requested additional studies in this area."
This project, he said, integrates academic studies with theater production.
"Audition participants should plan to attend the full three hours," said Lamberson. "We need nine women and nine men singers and actors ages 16 to 70, plus some non-singing roles."
He said that one can take the class and not be a cast member.
As the college is not presenting a summer theater program in 2002, the production of "Cabaret" is designed to give actors a chance to focus on a different type of rehearsal approach based on theater exercises, research and discussion.
Following the performance, there will be discussion time led by people who lived in Germany during the period of Nazi terror. Actors will participate in field trips along with the Holocaust Studies class at CLC.
Performers will be asked to do six to eight weeks of research and six weeks of intense rehearsals. They will also be studying the issue of prejudice in our communities, which, Lamberson said, is a subject typically not discussed.
Musical director is Ann Marie Lubovich.
Summer session at CLC is June 3-July 26.
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