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Surge in hate reflected in Vernon Cabaret performance

Big Apple Productions show will be at the Powerhouse Theatre from June 7-17
The Emcee (Brian Martin) with his Kit Kat Klub Boys Bobby (Sean Ling-Allen), Hermann (Jae McDermott), Victor (Shelby Porteous) and Hans (Partick Yurkiw). (Barry Goodsell - Kiss the Monkey Photography)

A Vernon production company is inviting you inside the Kit Kat Club, for a night of cabaret.

The new show, put on by Big Apple Productions, will be at the Powerhouse Theatre from June 7-17, with an eight piece live band and a cast of local celebs.

Cabaret does feature violence, mature subject matter, nudity and coarse language so viewer discretion is advised.

The show takes place in Berlin, Germany from 1929-1930, a time when the city was in the midst of a post First World War depression. Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel, wanders into the seedy Kit Kat Club, where he meets Sally, a vivacious, and talented cabaret performer.

“Cabaret is a cautionary tale about the dangers of apathy in the face of hatred,” said producer Melina Schein. “Given the increasing surge in antisemitism and homophobia, we can all learn a lesson from this show.”

Schein has a personal relationship to the story, as her grandparents were holocaust survivors.

“At nearly 80 years past the end of the Second World War, the survivors, the perpetrators and the witnesses to the Holocaust, the generation that endured the most horrible genocide in modern history, are nearly gone,” said Schein. “So we bring back Cabaret; inviting us with its dazzling theatricality to make history chilling and real and remind us not only never to forget, but that we must be on watch lest it repeat itself.”

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“The time may come when Cabaret will seem like an artifact of a distant and unremembered past. But, sadly, we are nowhere near that point, and we are not likely to get there any time soon,” said Schein. “It’s a scary world out there, and after the show, we leave one scary world and enter another.”

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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