Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In the Wings: Cabaret. Meet Kathy Bruni.

Kathy Bruni plays Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret, the final production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The book is by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Kathy has worked alongside director Kate Walker on several productions, but this marks the first time Kathy has acted in one of Kate's shows.

"Kate asked if I was interested in auditioning, and I said I would do whatever she wanted me to do," Kathy said. "I was lined up to be the production stage manager, but when I auditioned I was what Kate had in mind for the role."

Kathy said Fräulein Schneider is the epitome of what Germany was before the rise of the Nazi regime.

"She runs a very German boarding house, she's very old fashioned," Kathy said. "She is a single, older woman and very full of life. Her world is her boarding house and the people who live there. She loves what she does and finds joy in every day. We see the love affair between her and Herr Schultz blossom and he proposes to her.

"There are two couples in this tragic backdrop of Berlin in 1929. One couple is very dysfunctional and the other is very true and loving – the Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz couple. What happens between both couples is a tragedy caused by the influence of the Nazi regime coming in. It shows that all people were affected by it."

Kathy said Civic Theatre's production is thought provoking and will touch people deeply.

"It's entertaining, well done and well peformed, but the audience is not going to come away from it feeling happy or peppy," she said. "But maybe they will come away perhaps planning how they might make a difference in the world."

Cabaret runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, May 7 through Sunday, May 23 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. There also will be a performance Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for adults are $15; tickets for youth age 18 and under are $10.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call the Civic Theatre office at 765-423-7529 or visit its Web site at http://www.lafayettecivic.org/

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