Classic musical “Cabaret” debuts at PVCC on March 31

Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Theater Department will present a live production of the classic musical Cabaret from Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.

Cabaret is set in Berlin, Germany, at the dawn of the 1930s, as the city transitions from an avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of the rise of the Nazi Party. Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer, wanders into the Kit Kat Club, a seedy cabaret overseen by the gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious performer and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms into a dream-like romance. As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent.

PVCC Theater’s re-imagined production, fashioned in neo-Victorian “steampunk” style, explores the context of the original work and its relevance 50 years after the opening performance. The tragic stories of the characters’ lives, the choreography and the songs emphasize themes that examine the circumstances leading to Hitler’s totalitarian regime, the effect of politics on everyday lives, and parallels to today’s political climate.

During the show’s run, the lobby of the V. Earl Dickinson Building will display relevant exhibits that include sound and visuals, all part of what producer and choreographer Brad Stoller hopes will combine with the performances to deliver “a powerfully visceral experience.”

The creative team also includes director Shelley Cole, assistant director Chip Staples, and costumes by Catherine Randall.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on March 31 and April 1, and 2:30 p.m. on April 1 and April 2. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase online at, by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted), or by visiting Sidetracks, Greenberry’s Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) or the PVCC Cashier’s Office during normal business hours. Tickets can also be purchased two hours prior to each performance at the PVCC Box Office.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located on the Main Campus of PVCC at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free parking is located in front of the building and the facility is wheelchair accessible.