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Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome ... to 'Cabaret' at Staples this weekend

The classic musical, "Cabaret," set in a decadent nightclub in pre-World War II Berlin, is performed this weekend at Staples High School by the Staples Players Summer Theatre.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

"Players has a long history with `Cabaret,' " said David Roth, Staples Players director, who himself had the lead role of MC in a 1984 production when he was a senior at Staples High School. Two former Staples Players who performed in the 1993 production, Kat and Jess Eggart, have also returned to Staples 20 years later to choreograph the show.

Don Rickenback is the play's musical director; Peter DiFranco is set designer and technical director; and Priscilla Stampa and Marjorie Watt are the show's costume designers.

"Cabaret" tells the story of a raucous nightclub in pre-World War II Berlin hosted by the provocative MC, fueled by the intriguing Kit Kat dancers and connected to the lives of several people experiencing the start of Hitler's rise to power.

"We feel that the message of the show is very important to share with students and audiences," said Kerry Long, co-director of the production. "It's about people being sucked into an attractive world that turns out to be far uglier than they ever imagined."

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for seniors for the Saturday matinee. Tickets are available online at www.staplesplayers.com and at the door if the production is not sold out in advance.

Parental guidance is recommended.

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