'Cabaret' returns Jan. 19

Cabaret Productions of UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts will present "Unboxed" in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19-21 and Jan. 26-28, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28.

The show will feature UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale, University Symphony Orchestra and jazz ensembles, as well as various small acts and solo performers. Ensembles will perform a variety of songs that are associated with the theme.
 
"Cabaret Productions is an entirely student-led and produced musical variety show which provides undergraduate music education students the practicum opportunity to lead and produce their own show. The skills learned during this experience will directly enhance their public teaching careers," said Dr. Frank Watkins, the new faculty adviser for this annual event.
 
Senior Carlos Rojo, a choral teaching major and current director of The Singing Statesmen, describes this year's show as "an examination of heartbreak through stories of war," centered around a main character named Claire. Rojo stated that his particular set for The Statesmen focuses on the theme of fatherly love during the times of the Great Depression.
 
Rojo also says that this year's show is slightly different than in years past in that this production truly does reflect one main story arc, rather than different sets related to a general theme.
 
"Cabaret," an annual show since 1978, supports ongoing scholarships for music students at UW-Eau Claire. The show also provides students in the music and theatre arts department with an opportunity to practice arranging and staging a variety show similar to what they might encounter in a professional career.
 
One of the show's choreographers, junior Bridget Cushman, a newcomer to the production team this year, has found that, despite her nerves going in, the process has been a hugely positive experience.
 
"I have found comfort and stability within my group of fellow directors, who are so talented and driven themselves. There are four directors per set, two choreographers and two directors, and we work together as a team to make the best performance we can in coordination with the other groups. I feel so grateful for the entirety of these past months with the amazing team I have had the privilege to work with in addition to the growth I have acquired personally. I can't wait for everyone to see the product of everyone's hard work," Cushman reflected. 
 
A dinner buffet and cash bar will be offered before the Friday and Saturday evening performances in The Dulany Inn of Davies Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
 
Show-only ticket holders can take advantage of the a la carte deli and dessert, which will be available one hour prior to all shows and at intermission. The cash bar will be available before the show and at intermission on Friday and Saturday only.
 
Purchase tickets (for dinner and show or for show only) at the Service Center in Davies Center or online.