Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts presents

CABARET

 
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

 
Directed by Jeffrey Bruce • Musical Direction by Jesse Veliz
Choreography by Del Marrero

Lighting by Michael Graham • Set Design by John Blessed                    Costumes by Samantha Palomino

 
CABARET is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.com

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DEDICATION

Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts dedicates "Places: the 2021-2022 Season" to Alvin Entin.

Alvin Entin, October 18, 1945 – October 25, 2020

Alvin Entin, October 18, 1945 – October 25, 2020

Alvin was PPTOPA's beloved Chairman of the Board and a fierce advocate of the theatre as well as a frequent actor, gracing the PPTOPA stage over the years. PPTOPA mourns his loss and dedicates this season to him with love and gratitude for his decades of service to us and all of the South Florida theatre community.

President's Note

On behalf of all of us at PPTOPA, welcome back.

It's difficult to find the words to describe how good it feels and how much it means to all of us to say that again. After 20 months of being forced to keep our stages dark, it's finally time to call "Places!" on our 2021-2022 season and light up the stage to bring PPTOPA's special brand of theatre magic to life once again. Thank you for being here to celebrate the reopening of your theatre.

We've all been through so much in the last year-and-a-half, from our own backyards to the entire country embattled by a global pandemic and polarizing politics. That's one of the reasons Cabaret is the perfect show to kick off our season. The themes in this show highlight the dangers of being afraid of and vilifying people different than we are, and the dangers of racism, and the importance of inclusion. Important reminders to everyone in this country that seems so divided right now. And yet despite these divisions, the arts survive and here we are back in the spaces we cherish, together in the communal experience of sharing live theatre again. 

It's in that spirit of sharing our art that we dedicate this season to Alvin Entin, our longtime Chairman and frequent performer onstage, who worked tirelessly for decades to help the theatre he loved so much thrive and grow. The entire South Florida theatre community mourns his loss, but none so much as our PPTOPA family who have relied on his steady leadership and loving friendship for so long. 

We have worked hard to ensure a clean, safe and healthy environment for you to enjoy the theatre you love so much with peace of mind. These efforts include stringent COVID protocols and I encourage you to review them on our website and help keep all of us safe. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns regarding our policies.

Thank you to Jersey College of Nursing, the City of Pembroke Pines and Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club for your support during these unusual times. And of course thank you to the amazing cast, crew and creative team of Cabaret. This is a dream team of artists who are about to take your breath away. 

Welcome back. Enjoy the show.

"Places!"

Geoff Short, President, PPTOPA

 

Song List

ACT 1

Wilkommen.......Emcee, Kit Kat Club Girls and Boys

So What?..........Fräulein Schneider

Don't Tell Mama..........Sally, Kit Kat Club Girls and Boys

Mein Herr..........Sally, Kit Kat Club Girls and Boys

Perfectly Marvelous..........Sally, Cliff

Two Ladies..........Emcee, Kit Kat Club Girls and Boys

It Couldn't Please Me More..........Fräulein Schneider, Herr Schultz

Tomorrow Belongs to Me..........Company, Emcee

Maybe This Time..........Sally

The Money Song..........Emcee, Kit Kat Club Girls and Boys

Married..........Fräulein Schneider, Herr Schultz

Tomorrow (Reprise)..........Fräulein Kost, Ernst Ludwig, Company

ACT 2

Entre'Acte

Married (Reprise)..........Herr Schultz

If You Could See Her..........Emcee

What Would You Do?..........Fräulein Schneider

I Don't Care Much..........Emcee

Cabaret...........Sally

Finale..........Company

Cast

Gaby Tortoledo
Sally Bowles
Geoffrey Mergele
Clifford Bradshaw
Pablo Pernia
Emcee
Colleen Pagano
Fraulein Schneider
Christopher Dreeson
Herr Schultz
Karen Cohen
Fraulein Kost
Rick Prada
Ernst Ludwig
Sarah Gorfinkel
Fritzie
Lito Becerra
Bobby
Meagan Nagy
Rosie
Gabriella Giardina
Frenchie
Bob Ruggles
Victor
Anna Cappelli
Lulu
John Henry Parks
Max/Conductor

Creative Team

Jeffrey Bruce

Director

Jesse Veliz

Music Director

Del Marrero

Choreographer

Wendy Marrero

Production Manager

Geoffrey Short

Producer

Richard Weinstock

Assistant to the Director

Mark Palazzo

Stage Manager

Michael Graham

Lighting Designer

Samantha Palomino

Costume Design

John Blessed

Set Designer

COMING SOON!

 

FOR THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF ALL

In the interest of providing a safe and healthy environment for all cast, crew and patrons, PPTOPA will require all patrons regardless of vaccination status to wear masks while indoors at PPTOPA.  Additional COVID protocols include the requirement that anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) will be asked to leave the venue to support the safety and protection of our community. In addition, all members of the cast, crew and front of house staff have been vaccinated and the theatre will be cleaned and disinfected between every performance. There will be no congregating in the lobby which will not open until 20 minutes prior to show time. North lobby entrance door will be used for entrance. South lobby door will be used for all exiting. The box office will not accept cash. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the theater venue and there will be no “meet and greet” with the cast after performances. 

PPTOPA Board of Directors

Chair

Mark Palazzo

President

Geoffrey Short

Vice-President

Wendy Marrero

Secretary

Del Marrero

Treasurer

Lisa McFadden-Murphy

 

Kim Pitman

Dana Fredebaugh

Lito Becerra

Alicia Rivera

Richard Weinstock

Steven Fuentes

Michael Biggs

Cindy Short

Jose Norono

Dennis Garberg

CREW

PROPS/BACKSTAGE

Lisa Murphy

MARKETING

Kim Pitman, Wendy Marrero, Geoffrey Short

BOX OFFICE

Dana Fredebaugh, Del Marrero, Wendy Marrero, Kim Pitman

SPOT OPERATOR

Jose Norono

LIGHTING OPERATOR

Rebecca Cohen

SOUND OPERATOR

Evan Font

MAKE-UP

Kaelea Murphy

BACKSTAGE CREW

Jay Maxwell, John Henry Parks, Doug Ashton

GROUP SALES

Marlene Scott

SCENE LIST

1929-30 in Berlin during the waning days of the Weimar Republic as the Nazis are ascending to power.

ACT I

Scene 1 - Kit Kat Club - Wilkommen

Scene 2 - A railroad carriage

Scene 3 - Frau Schneider's living room - So What?

Scene 4 - Kit Kat Club - Don't Tell Mama

Scene 5 - Kit Kat Club

                Dressing room

                Kit Kat Club - Mein Herr

Scene 6 - Cliff's Room - Perfectly Marvelous               

Scene 7 - Kit Kat Club - Two Ladies

Scene 8 - Frau Schneider's living room - It Couldn't Please Me More

                Kit Kat Club

Scene 9 - In a void - Tomorrow Belongs to Me

Scene 10 - Cliff's room - Maybe This Time

                  Kit Kat Club -The Money Song

Scene 11 - Frau Schneider's living room - Married

Scene 12 - Herr Schultz's fruit shop - Tomorrow Belongs to Me (Reprise)

ACT II

Scene 1 - Kit Kat Club - Entre'Acte

Scene 2 - Herr Schultz's fruit shop - Married (Reprise)

Scene 3 - Kit Kat Club - If You Could See Her

Scene 4 - Cliff's room - What Would You Do?

                Kit Kat Club - I Don't Care Much

Scene 5 - Kit Kat Club - Cabaret

Scene 6 - Cliff's room

Scene 7 - Railroad compartment - Finale

                Kit Kat Club/White space

Meet the Company

Gaby Tortoledo

Sally Bowles

Gaby is a Venezuelan stage and screen actress, singer, and dancer, recently seen in Theatre Lab’s world premiere of The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons, Gulf Coast Symphony’s Songs for a New World, and heard in Vanessa Garcia’s new audio play Ich Bin Ein Berliner. Regional theatre credits include Athena in Rock Odyssey (Adrienne Arsht Center), Tara in the World Premiere of Compensation (Island City Stage), Antonia in Man of La Mancha (MNM Theatre Co), Elaine in The Graduate (Michael Leeds), and Polly in The Gingerbread Lady (Primal Forces). International credits include Opening Doors: A Sondheim Song Cycle, A Dream Is A Wish: A Disney Song Cycle, and And The World Goes Round (Song Cycle Intensive, London UK). TV credits include a feature in Amazon Studios' The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Susie in the new TV series Just My Type. She holds an M.F.A in Theatre Performance from Florida Atlantic University. Follow her on social media for more gabytortoledo.com

Geoffrey Mergele

Clifford Bradshaw

Geoffrey is thrilled to be making his PPTOPA debut! National Tour: Wizard of Oz (Ens/Tinman US) NYC/Regional: The Metropolitan Opera (Actor), A Chorus Line (Secret Theatre - Greg), Beauty and the Beast (Sharon Playhouse), George M!, Christmas Carol, Damn Yankees, Wonderful Town (Prather Productions), Wizard of Oz (Jenny Wiley Theatre - Scarecrow), Christmas Carol (Gateway Playhouse), 42nd Street (Eldorado Casino Reno). Much love to Mom, Dad, family, friends, and JDQ! @geomergs

Pablo Pernia

Emcee

Pablo is a recent graduate of NWSA with a B.F.A. in Music Theatre and is beyond excited to be a part of this production. Some past credits include Pippin (Lewis), In the Heights (Jose), Parade (Detective Starnes), and Big Fish (Sharecropper).  You can see him next in Slow Burn's production of Kinky Boots this holiday season followed up by Matilda shaking his hips as Rudolpho. Beyond grateful for this opportunity. Instagram: @pabloperniaa

Colleen Pagano

Fraulein Schneider

Colleen is thrilled to be back at PPTOPA!!  Previous credits include Wardrobe/Beauty and the Beast, Maud Dunlop/The Music Man, Kate/Brighton Beach Memoirs, Angie/Wedding Singer, Mickey/My One & Only, Vi/Footloose.  Thank you to the creative team at PPTOPA for this wonderful opportunity.  As always, much love to her supportive family and most of all, Poppy.

Christopher Dreeson

Herr Schultz

Chris is thrilled to return to PPTOPA to work with such a wonderful cast, director, and production crew. Favorite roles: Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Jack Lawson (Race), Mr. Paravicini (The Mousetrap), Tennessee Williams (Confessions of a Nightingale), Ernst Janning (Judgment at Nuremberg), Twimble/Womper (How to Succeed…), Black Stache (Peter and the Starcatcher), Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), and Brick (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof).

Karen Cohen

Fraulein Kost

Karen is excited to be appearing in her first production at PPTOPA. After spending recent years working as a media specialist and directing musicals at Beachside Montessori Village in Hollywood, Karen is grateful to Jeffrey Bruce and PPTOPA for Wilkommen her back to the stage! She would like to thank her husband and kids for being her biggest fans and for encouraging her to pursue her passion.

Rick Prada

Ernst Ludwig

Rick is thrilled to be back onstage.  Locally, he has appeared in TAP’s production of “Shrek, the Musical” (Papa Ogre, Papa Bear), in Barclay Performing Arts “She Loves Me” (Mr. Maraczek) and “Ragtime” (Grandpa), and in Delray Beach Playhouse’s “1940’s Radio Hour” (Clifton Feddington).  Rick would like to thank Gian for his continued support and encouragement.

Sarah Gorfinkel

Fritzie

Sarah is so excited to return to the PPTOPA stage for her 5th production! She previously performed in Hairspray (2013), Mary Poppins (2015), The Little Mermaid (2016), and West Side Story (2018). Sarah has trained in all forms of dance for the last 20 years. While attending UCF for her Mechanical Engineering degree, she continued her passion through the Knights and Damsels Dance Company. A special thanks to her family and friends for their continuous support!

Lito Becerra

Bobby

Lito is beyond thrilled to be back at PPTOPA in this amazing musical, and grateful that we are again at places! Favorite roles include Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men, Usnavi in In the Heights, Bernardo in West Side Story, Diego/Zorro in Zorro the Musical, Bert in Mary Poppins, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Laertes in Hamlet, Perchik In Fiddler on the Roof. Lito holds a career in IT, enjoys acrobatics and speaking of himself in the third person. He’s grateful to play with old and new friends, this time in Berlin, 1929!

Meagan Nagy

Rosie

Meagan can't believe she is touching the stage for the first time in 5 years! She is the Manager of Pure Barre Weston and owns two small businesses, one creating custom Magical Denim Creations (@magicallyeverafter.co) and the other selling vegan-based beauty/wellness products! She loves content creating and making reels! Follow along with Meagan on Insta (@meagan.nagy).

Gabriella Giardina

Frenchie

Gabriella is 20 years old and is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular production. Cabaret has been a dream show since she can remember. She absolutely adores the role of Frenchie and is thrilled to be able to portray her with such a fantastic company and cast. Gabriella played the role of Shy in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 2019 and has been looking forward to joining PPTOPA again ever since. Previous roles include Nina in In the Heights and Maria in West Side Story.

Bob Ruggles

Victor

Bob is excited to be making his debut at PPTOPA after recently relocating from Gainesville, Florida. Bob is a speech pathologist who likes to spend his free time on stage singing and dancing. Some of his favorite previous roles include Gabe (Next to Normal), Doody (Grease), Prince Eric (The Little Mermaid), Jason (Ordinary Days), and Jean Valjean (Les Miserables). Always endless thanks to my parents and to Anna for her unwavering love.

Anna Cappelli

Lulu

Anna is absolutely elated to perform in her PPTOPA debut! She was last seen onstage as Ariel in The Little Mermaid in Gainesville, Florida, where she was also finishing up her bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida (go gators). Anna spends her 9-5 working in marketing for everyone's favorite travel brand, JetBlue, and travels often in her spare time.

John Henry Parks

Max/Conductor

John Henry Parks is an aspirant entertainer with an enthusiasm to perform and the desire to see any show done to its best. He's been known to appear on streams and podcasts, including UnFun Stuff, Get Phil'd In and others. 

Jeffrey Bruce

Director

Jeff returns to PPTOPA having directed A FEW GOOD MEN , FUNNY GIRL, WHOREHOUSE and GYPSY. A veteran Broadway performer, he has appeared in 9 national tours. "I'd like to welcome our audience back to CABARET.  We create magic, and when have we needed it more? I hope our first venture after the past 18 hellish months excites, entertains and thrills you.  Most importantly, that it gets you to think of how things could have been if luck was not on our side.  You'll see............." 

Jesse Veliz

Music Director

Jesse Veliz is an actor, music director, and pianist with a BFA in Theatre & Piano Performance from Florida Atlantic University.  As an actor, he has been seen onstage as Eugene in Grease at MNM Theatre, Hunter in [title of show], and Henry in Next To Normal. Recently, Jesse has music directed Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Delray Beach Playhouse, Island Song at Measure for Measure Theatre, and played Keys 2 for Measure for Measure’s Carbonell recommended production of In The Heights.

Del Marrero

Choreographer

Del is a graduate of AMDA New York and a middle school Drama teacher. She has starred in and/or choreographed numerous productions for PPTOPA and other local theatres. Previous roles include The Wedding Singer (Holly), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary), Judgment at Nuremberg (Maria Wallner), How to Succeed…(Smitty), She Loves Me (Ilona), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Footloose (Rusty), Once Upon a Mattress (Winifred), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Hairspray (Tracy), Annie (Lily), Secret Garden (Martha), Brigadoon (Meg) and Bye, Bye Birdie (Kim/Ursula).

Wendy Marrero

Production Manager

Wendy, a lifetime lover of musical theatre, has worked on Urinetown, A Few Good Men, The Wedding Singer, The Best Little Whorehouse..., The Addams Family, Mousetrap, Seussical, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Judgment at Nuremberg, How to Succeed..., In the Heights, She Loves Me, Funny Girl, Young Frankenstein, Carousel, Mary Poppins, Gypsy, The Sunshine Boys, Les Miserables, Man of La Mancha, Joseph..., Hairspray, Charlie Brown, Annie, The Best Man, The Producers, The Secret Garden, The Gondoliers, Brigadoon, and Bye, Bye Birdie at PPTOPA.

 

 

Geoffrey Short

Producer

www.GeoffreyBShort.com

Geoff calls PPTOPA his second home. He has directed multiple productions here including The Wedding Singer, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, In the Heights, Disney's the Little Mermaid and Joseph and the Amazing technicolor Dreamcoat. Geoff has also appeared in and directed shows throughout South Florida including appearing as Javert in PPTOPA's hit production of Les Miserables and productions at Slow Burn, Marquee Theatre, Andrews Living Arts, Chicken Coop Theatre, Outre’, Evening Star and more.  Geoff currently serves as President of the Board at PPTOPA and also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Carbonell Awards. 

Geoff thanks his inspiration, his incredible wife Cindy.

 

Richard Weinstock

Assistant to the Director

As follow-up to his PPTOPA onstage introduction as Melvin P.Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Richard is excited to lend assistance to Director, Jeffrey Bruce, for Cabaret. Originally from Philadelphia, Richard has directed regional, mid-Atlantic productions of Man of LaManchaHow To Succeed In Business Without Really TryingYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Annie, Oliver! and Pippin. He thanks the entire PPTOPA team for welcoming him to the family! 

Mark Palazzo

Stage Manager

Mark is PPTOPA’s Chairman of the Board and President Emeritus. His credits include Urinetown, A Few Good Men, The Wedding Singer, The Best Little Whorehouse…, The Addams Family, The Mousetrap, Seussical, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Judgment at Nuremburg, How to Succeed, In the Heights, She Loves Me, Funny Girl, Young Frankenstein, Carousel, Mary Poppins, Gypsy, The Sunshine Boys, Les Misérables, Man of La Mancha, Joseph…, Hairspray, Charlie Brown, and Annie at PPTOPA. Mark hails from New York where he was a professional Musical Director and theater percussionist.

Michael Graham

Lighting Designer

Michael is extremely happy to be lighting his 10th show at PPTOPA, especially since Cabaret represents our return to stage shows.  Thank you to the cast, crew, and patrons of PPTOPA for supporting live theatre, and a special thank you to my family for your continued support. 

Samantha Palomino

Costume Design

Samantha is excited to be working with PPTOPA for the very first time! In addition to being a costume crew member for shows like Amparo with Juggerknot Theatre and The Magic Flute with Miami Orchestra, she is a full-time theatre teacher at Miami Arts Charter School in Wynwood Miami. She is grateful to be working with a great cast and director, as well as her fellow Designers and Crew members. She hopes the audience feels welcomed to the cabaret!  

John Blessed

Set Designer

Multimedia


Pablo Pernia as Emcee (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
The Kit Kat girls (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Pablo Pernia and Cast (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Gaby Tortoledo as Sally Bowles (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Gaby Tortoledo and Cast (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Colleen Pagano, Karen Cohen, Bob Ruggles and Geoffrey Mergele (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Colleen Pagano and Christopher Dreeson (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Gaby Tortoledo (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Sarah Gorfinkel (Photo by Norm Black Photography)
Lito Becerra, Pablo Pernia, Meagan Nagy (Photo by Norm Black Photography)

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