November 4 - 12, 2005

To mark its centennial year season, the Dramatic Society of The College of New Rochelle presented their Fall production of Cabaret in Romita Auditorium on CNR’s Main Campus, November 4 - 12, 2005. The production was directed by Laurie Peterson Castaldo, with choreography by Juan Borona and music direction by Kurt Kelley. The majority of the 30 people in CNR’s cast represented the College’s four schools. 

Cabaret, set in the tumultuous city of Berlin just before Hitler’s rise to power, is based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories and John Van Druten’s I Am a Camera. The play focuses on an English cabaret performer who has a brief affair with an American writer who takes her in after she is thrown out of the Kit Kat Club where she performs. Their relationship becomes jeopardized by political and social events that threaten to tear them apart. The play’s overseer, the club’s Emcee, and his cohorts, the Kit Kat Girls, are the literal and figurative chorus of the tragedy that would become Nazi Germany. Cabaret, directed by Hal Prince, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in 1966 and ran for 1,165 performances.  

CNR Drama’s first production as “The Dramatic Society” was Tennyson’s The Princess performed on June 12, 1906. Today, CNR Drama has the distinction of being the campus club with the longest uninterrupted tenure in the college’s history. Other productions scheduled for this milestone year include: Amahl and The Night Visitors (Gian Carlo Menotti), Side by Side by Sondheim, Uncommon Women & Others (Wendy Wasserstein), and Oleanna (David Mamet).

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