FDU’s Visual and Performing Arts Department presents ‘Little Women,’ ‘Cabaret,’ and ‘Reality’ on stage
Above: The first rehearsal for ‘Little Woman’ on February 1. (Photo by Savannah Lloyd)
MADISON, N.J. (February 15, 2016) – Rehearsals are underway for three theater productions, put on by Fairleigh Dickinson University Visual and Performing Arts Department. This semester “Little Women,” “Cabaret,” and “Reality” will transport audiences to New England, a Berlin club, and sunny Los Angeles.
“Little Women,” written by Peter Clapham and based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, is directed by acclaimed British director and actor James Warwick. The show tells the story of four young sisters who struggle to keep their family going while their father’s away fighting in the Civil War. The story spans years, following the girls’ struggles with life’s challenges, illustrating how their family connection remains strong in the face of tragedies large and small. Performances start the first week of March.
“Cabaret,” with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is the spring musical for 2016. Stephen Hollis, director of the theater program, will direct with choreography by Cynthia Thole, director of musical theater. This popular revised Broadway musical takes place in Berlin in the 1920s as a British cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and an American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, fall in love at the infamous Kit Kat Klub as their lives are affected by the changing political climate of the Third Reich. The decadent and lascivious Emcee, who oversees the Klub, invites everyone to forget their troubles. Performances start the last week of April.
“Reality,” written by Lia Romeo and directed by Alberto Bonilla, will be the second produc-tion in the recently-renovated Barn Theatre. The show follows Annie and Matt, who fell in love on television. But now that the cameras have stopped rolling, their fairy tale is looking a lot less perfect than it seemed. Add into the mix producer Josh, who will do anything for ratings, and the show’s runner-up, Krisandra, an aspiring actress who’s desperate to make her mark in Hollywood. Will there be a happy ending, or a huge scandal? Performances start in mid-April.
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