Shimberg Playhouse @ the Straz Center

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally’s boardinghouse, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish.

June 9-26, 2016

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Direction by Clareann Despain
Music Direction by Peter A. Belk
Choreography by Abraham Bell

June 9-26, 2016
Thurs-Sat: 8 pm, Sun: 2 pm
Tickets: $25 general / $35 VIP
Shimberg Playhouse @ Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew

Aaron Castle as Emcee
Lauren Buglioli as Sally Bowles
Eric Lamont Newman as Cliff Bradshaw
Miranda Harrison-Quillin as Fräulein Schneider
Donald B. Holt, Jr. as Herr Schultz
Jay Morgan as Ernst Ludwig
Dionne Christian as Fräulein Lulu Kost
Zach “Hippie” Griswold as Max
Kidany Camilo as Rosie
Kandyce Walker
as Frenchie
Abraham Bell
as Texas
Erin Coalson
as Fritzie
Iris Moon
as Ilsa
Dwayne A. Cline
as Helga
Christopher Warren
as Bobby
Mika McGee Kleinschmidt
as Victor
James Wyatt Babington
as Hans
Kevin Lara
as Herman
Pablo Alameda
as Franz
Peter A. Belk
as Klaus Linke

Accompanied by
Peter A. Belk – Conductor/Piano
Tim Flores – Keyboard 2
Aeron DeGroat – Tenor Saxophone
Aaron K. Campbell – Trombone
Alex Pasut – Bass
P.J. Lalka – Drums

Director – Clareann Despain
Music Director – Peter A. Belk
Producer – Cathy Hooten
Choreographer – Abraham Bell
Stage Manager – Brandon Rathbone
Set Designer – Dwayne A. Cline

Costumer – Meli Mossey
Lighting Designer – Anthony Vito
Sound Designer – Samuel Kohler
Lighting Engineer – Kary Torrens
Assistant Stage Manager – Mab Miranda
Graphic Artist – Deveraux Harrington


“Watching it less than a week after the horrors in Orlando, it was as if the problems of the 1930’s had jumped off the stage and had entered our present day.”

“Gladly, [Aaron Castle] shines here in all of his delicious awfulness, a slithering, reptilian reflection of the times.”

“Lauren Buglioli is nothing short of a revelation.”

Peter Nason,

mad Theatre of Tampa, Inc.
P.O. Box 8417
Tampa, FL 33674

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, FL 33602

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Photo Credit: Designs by Vito: @dbvito

Producing Sponsor 

The Barrymore Hotel, located in Tampa’s Downtown near Tampa Heights and directly across from the Straz Center, features comfortable accommodations and soon-to-be refreshed event space perfect for social events, office parties and holiday parties. Our Sales Team will gladly provide a tour of our banquet space and help you start planning your gathering! Afterwards, enjoy a meal at the Continental restaurant and lounge, the brand new eatery located adjacent to our hotel. The Continental is a “mid-century modern” inspired concept featuring dishes made famous by some of the most historically iconic hotels and restaurants across America alongside a classic martini bar showcasing finely-crafted cocktails.

Enjoy Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3PM-7PM for $2 off specialty cocktails, $4 Wells and $5 house wines and drafts – the perfect spot for a drink and dinner before shows at the Straz!


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