Ashland High School presents 'Cabaret'

In early 1930s Germany, the political landscape is on the verge of exploding as Hitler's Third Reich begins its rise to power.

American writer Cliff Bradshaw falls for English cabaret singer Sally Bowles at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin. The events are overseen by the leering and flamboyant Master of Ceremonies, whose songs serve as a sardonic commentary throughout the show.

Ashland High School will present "Cabaret," with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, March 6-8 and 13-15, in the Mountain Avenue Theater at the school, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Matinees are 2 p.m. Sundays, March 9 and 16. The show is rated PG-13 for its mature themes.

Featured musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies." Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Jeremy Johnson directs the musical, and choreography is by Carolanne Marano. This year marks AHS Theatre's 20th year in partnership with OSF.

For his first time directing AHS students, Johnson picked "Cabaret" because of its powerful story about how people react to a changing political climate.

"It's really one of the great musicals of the 20th century," Johnson says.

The AHS Theatre Department will perform the 1987 Broadway revival version of the musical. While similar to the original 1966 production, this version includes a new song for Cliff, titled "Don't Go."

The leading players are Jonathan Connolly as the Master of Ceremonies, Caitlin Campbell as Sally Bowles and Noah Werthaiser as Cliff Bradshaw. Tessa Buckley, Cadaxa Chapman-Ball, Lea Crepin, Madison Gilpin, Amelia Sorensen and Kaya Van Dyke play the Kit Kat Girls. The cast is rounded out by 24 more student actors.

Johnson says that working with this cast has been wonderful.

"I've directed student casts before, but never one this big," Johnson says. "We needed a cast that, whether this was their first show or their 20th show, were really game for anything we needed from them, and they were. They also get along really well. It's a happy bunch."

In addition to the cast, a crew of more than 30 students is involved on the production side.

"The production is being run by theater professionals," Johnson says. "But all the boots on the ground are students."

General seating costs $15, $10 for ages 66 and older and 17 and younger,. Tickets can be purchased at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop.

Reserved seating costs $20 and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-866-967-8167.

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