In collaboration with the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, Peace Pipe Players launches its Golden Anniversary celebration with its production of the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret (produced through Tams Witmark).
The cast features links to the community theatre’s past and future, with many “new faces” to grace the stage at the three performances on Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27 (7:00 PM), and Sunday, February 28 (2:00 PM). The musical was originally presented at Peace Pipe Players’ former home, Kirchhoff Theatre, as that facility’s kickoff production in 1974.
Returning to the show is Jack Jones, who played the Emcee 42 years ago, fresh out of high school, and now returns in the role of Herr Shultz, focus of the sweet love story that develops during the plot. Jones has shone in parts in many PPP plays, directed several times, and serves as the group’s long-time treasurer. The directing team (co-directors Janet and John Burrow and musical director Shawn Vasquez with choreography consultant Erica Barker) feels wonderful to have lured him back onstage.
His love interest, Fraulein Schneider, is portrayed by Leslie Jacobsen, who, although this is her first Peace Pipe Players performance, also has an historical connection: her mother, Beth Jacobsen, was among the original PPP stars, including a turn as one of the KitKaat Klub dancers in the previous Cabaret — so the acting bug spans generations in the organization’s fiftieth year. Leslie brings impressive acting and vocal chops to the many-faceted role of the Berlin rooming-house manager, finding love even at a certain age.
Another second-generation performer is the leading actress, Adrienne D’Agostino Kane, who also is proud of a mother who performed several times at Kirchhoff in the 1970s. Kane, familiar to fans of the recent OFAC/PPP Guys and Dolls, will portray tempestuous singer Sally Bowles.
The rest of the cast features familiar veterans and talented newcomers, all working together during the next two months to create a very special, spectacular and unforgettable rendition of Cabaret.
The Emcee - Levi Burzlaff
Sally Bowles - Adrienne D’Agostino Kane
Clifford “Cliff”- Bradshaw Marty Davison
Fräulein Schneider - Leslie Jacobsen
Herr Schultz - Jack Jones
Ernst Ludwig - Steve Fishwild
Fräulein Kost - Kaitlin Luett
Max - William Otteman
Texas - Robyn Lane
LuLu - Ashley Reiter
Rosie - Becky Claus
Frenchie - Michelle Kelly
Fritzie - Liz Finn
Helga - Heather Paar
Nazi Youth - Kaleb Flenker
Patrons, Guests - Roberta Rosheim, David Rosheim