La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for the musical “Cabaret” on March 12 and 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front Street South, La Crosse, Wis.
Welcome to Berlin. It’s 1931 and outside, tensions are rising. However, inside the Kit Kat Klub, a garish master of ceremonies assures all that everything is wonderful! Cliff, a newly arrived American writer, becomes smitten with the club’s main attraction, Sally Bowles. They decide to share a room at the boarding house of Fräulein Schneider, who is slowly falling in love with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller, who also happens to be Jewish. Both relationships are tested as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.
“Cabaret” will be directed by guest artists John Reimler and Lisa Reimler. John has been teaching high school English, speech, and theater classes for over 30 years, with stops in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. He is currently located at Onalaska High School. Working both as a solo act and in partnership with his wife, Lisa, he has directed nearly 100 productions, most recently “Little Women: The Musical,” “Shrek,” “Stage Door,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Dancing at Lughnasa.” Lisa received her B.A. in theater and English from Valparaiso University, her M.A. in theater history from University of Missouri-Columbia, and her M.F.A. in directing from Illinois State University. Lisa has taught at both the high school and collegiate levels. She is currently employed at Onalaska High School where she leads drama and forensics alongside her husband. Some of her favorite plays that she has directed include “Little Women: The Musical,” “Pippin,” “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Auditions are open for ages 18 and up. There are roles available for men and women. A complete breakdown of roles available can be found online at www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org/volunteer/audition. First-time auditionees are welcome; no experience is necessary. Auditionees should prepare 30 seconds of singing with accompaniment (pianist, CD player, and MP3 player will be provided) and be dressed to move for a dance audition. Signing up for auditions is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, May 11-27, 2018. The cast list will be announced online and on the stage door by noon on Friday, March 16, 2018. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays through Fridays beginning on March 19, 2018, at Weber Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.