The Center for Theater
The Center, which operates within the Arts and Humanities Department, provides theater classes for MCC students as well as a diversified schedule of performances. These include a season of plays produced by the College, an annual concert by the Overbrook Dance Theater, and touring productions of various kinds.
‘Cabaret’ Coming to MCC’s Overbrook Theater Feb. 19-23
MCC’s Center for Theater will present the musical “Cabaret” on Feb. 19-23 in Overbrook Theater with 7:30 p.m. performances on Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 19-22, and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are coming to power, “Cabaret” focuses on the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub and revolves around a writer and his relationship with a cabaret performer. A subplot involves the doomed romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub, which serves as a metaphor for political developments in late Weimar Germany.
Tickets, which go on sale Monday, Feb. 10, are $15 for the general public and $10 for MCC students.
A new online ticketing system has been created for the Overbrook Theater Box Office. Patrons now have the option of purchasing tickets online anytime at https://mccoverbrooktheater.ludus.com/6740 or at the Box Office, 221 S. Quarterline Rd., on Monday-Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. For reservations or more information, call (231) 777-0324.
“Cabaret” opened on Broadway in 1966 with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and the book by Joe Masterhoff. It is based on John Van Druten’s play “I Am a Camera,” which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 short novel “Goodbye to Berlin.” The show was then revised for Broadway in 1987 and revised again in 1998.
MCC’s “Cabaret” is the 1998 version and is directed by Tom Harryman. Appearing in the show will be Nathaniel Luben as the Emcee, Jacob Westerhof as Clifford Bradshaw, Raymond Brock as Ernst Ludwig, Tommy Grant as Herr Schultz, Bradley Zoulek as Bobby, Isaac Hunter as Victor, Evan Sloan as Hans/Rudy/Sailor, Mark Breitenbach as Max/Herman/Customs, Julia Uganski as Sally Bowles, Amaya Fisher as Fraulein Schneider, Rachel Wade as Fraulein Kost/Fritzi, Melanie Lamrock as Rosie, Allison Boerema as Lulu, Stephanie Kennert as Frenchie/Gorilla, Taylor Freed as Texas, and Katrina Smith as Helga.
Harryman is assisted by Student Director/Stage Manager Stan Shank, Musical Director Phillip De Young, Choreographer Melissa Brunsting, Lighting Designer Jim Allen, Costume Designer Susan Eyler, Sound Designer Mike Council, and Hair/Make-Up Designer Bill Abbott.
2019-2020 Calendar of Events
Muskegon Community College Center for Theater, which is celebrating the 50 years of performances at its Overbrook Theater, has announced its 2019-2020 schedule of theatrical productions which are centered on the theme “A Season of Hope.”
- In celebration of the Golden Anniversary of Overbrook Theater, which officially opened in January 1969, a Mystery Dinner Theater, titled “Murder at the Gallery,” will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 28.
- “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be performed on Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 24-27, in Overbrook Theater.
- The Center for Theater will present “Once Upon a Time: Stories of the Season” Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 4-7, in Overbrook Theater.
- “Cabaret: The Musical” will be performed in Overbrook Theater on Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 20-23, 2020.
- “A Voice of My Own,” a celebration of Women in Literature, will take place on various dates during the months of March and April 2020. More details will follow.
- A tradition whose roots date back to the 1970s, “Dance Concert 30,” a celebration of Dance at MCC, returns to Overbrook Theater on Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, 2020.
- “Studio on Stage,” highlighting the work by MCC performing arts students in theater and dance courses, celebrates its 25th anniversary on Thursday, April 23, in Overbrook Theater.
For more information, contact the MCC Arts and Humanities Department at (231) 777-0324.