Life Is A Cabaret At EPHS

Some would say it was the best production yet, some would say otherwise. “In here life is beautiful” -Cabaret. Cabaret the musical was a show that challenged the hearts and minds of the audience intricately but trying the lives in thoughts of those affected and surrounded by the times of World War II. Contrasting the mundane with dangerously divine scenes in the Kit Kat Klub, showing the rebellious side of Germans in juxtaposition to a harsh World War ll regime.

“Politics what does that have to do with us?”- quote from cabaret

Cabaret, a musical loosely based on “I Am a Camera” and “The Berlin Stories,” directed by Harold Prince with a book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. This year the high school did the play cabaret directed by Alan Denney and Jordan Bradley. An anonymous source explained the trials and hardships of the play and what it was like playing there character. “It was really hard to go out there and play the part I did, because cabaret is a very different show than what we’ve done in the past but it was a show that we thought people needed to hear.” They explained the troubles of playing character from the earlier drama about the show. “The most powerful part of cabaret, is the message it gives out and at the end when half the cast goes to concentration camps and watching your kids to go through something like that it puts things into perspective.”

 One of the history teachers at our school, Mr. Thomas really enjoyed Cabaret and he shared his thoughts about the musical. Thomas thought the play was accurate and portrayed really well with the singing, Acting, Ect. The history in the play showed the hatred towards Jewish people as today Thomas says the hatred is directed towards Immigrants. Thomas said “Cabaret was an Emotional story and was a great learning experience overall.”  

Jordan Bradley was the director to this musical. She had chosen this musical because she felt that our school needed a more serious story, one that could touch everyone in different ways. Mrs. Bradley feels that teachers need to address the Holocaust in class—however, reading the information in a book is not the same as seeing it performed. Watching a performance can reach deeper into the hearts of these people. Despite the fact that the story happened a long time ago, the lessons are relevant today. People need to know the truth and not encounter sugar-coated history. She believes that similar situations in China are currently occurring and need awareness.

      Mrs. Bradley was extremely happy with the positive feedback of parents and students alike. Her original nervous feelings rapidly went away—there were little to no negative reactions and everyone felt that the students did a great job in performing difficult content. She noted that it was a very challenging musical to produce and she felt like a proud parent. Mrs. Bradley feels that this is the best musical that we have produced.

We talked to teachers and students about the topic as well. Emily Bochenek went to the musical as so did many other teachers, students, and people in our town. She knew that the students watching it were mature enough for the images portrayed in it like: drugs,alcohol,sexuality,prostitution, and so on. The most important thing that she thought was taught in it was about the holocaust because “schools don’t really hit that subject into late middle school and high school.” And to her it means a lot for our generation and so on to be taught about this because “It’s important for children to know our past and where we came from to where we are now today.” Her emotions during the play were mixed she says “it was a whirlwind of emotion, but in a good way.” She thought that type of emotion would never result from a high school production and watching the audiences reactions, we learned the types of subjects that we can show for younger audiences. We asked her when the right time is to teach about the holocaust and her response was : “I think students can learn about any topic even if it rides the border, but as a teacher if you can teach students why the things happen and what it did, it will do better teaching it earlier because it will result in them maturing sooner rather than later.”

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