Sul Ross’ Scott blends talents for “Cabaret”
March 16th, 2017 under Arts
ALPINE – A couple of years ago, Sul Ross State University Theatre faculty members Dona Roman and Marjie Scott discussed a “dream list” of roles and plays.
“Marjie told me she always wanted to play Sally Bowles,” Roman said. “I told her that I wanted to do (direct) ‘Cabaret,’ and it has worked out.”
Roman, Sul Ross professor of Theatre, directs “Cabaret,” which opens Saturday, March 25 on the Marshall Auditorium stage. Scott, assistant professor of Communication and Theatre, not only plays Sally Bowles, but serves as the musical’s choreographer.
“This will be the community’s introduction to Marjie,” said Roman. “She is very talented, has a great resume and is a seasoned actress. She combines the knowledge, training and experience of dancing, acting and singing, along with the maturity to understand the depth of this role.”
“Cabaret,” winner of numerous Tony and Academy Awards for both the stage and screen versions,” depicts the dramatic shift of life and fortunes in Germany from the end of the 1920s to the rise of the Nazi Party. The musical centers on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw (played by JB Fields, Venus) and his relationship with 32-year-old English cabaret performer Bowles. Performances begin at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday (March 25, March 31, April 1, 7-8) and 2 p.m. Sundays (March 26, April 2 and 9).
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. The musical contains adult content, and parental discretion is advised.
Scott has been able to juggle dual responsibilities during the extensive rehearsals. “The role of Sally is every bit as challenging and rewarding as I had hoped it would be,” she said. “I am enjoying the experience very much and am grateful to Dona and Sul Ross for the opportunity.”
“Thankfully, I was able to start teaching the choreography last semester. I taught a musical theater dance class and the students learned a few of the dances from the show as part of their class.”
Scott said the dancers returned to Sul Ross a week before Spring 2017 classes began and learned/rehearsed for six hours a day. “It helped immensely. By the time acting rehearsals began at the start of this semester, the dancers already knew most of the dances.”
Since then, Scott and Roman split the weeks, with Scott rehearsing scenes Monday-Wednesday and working with the dancers Thursdays and Fridays.
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