Cabaret to Take Center Stage at WJU

Cabaret, the musical based on the Christopher Isherwood novella ‘Goodbye to Berlin’, and the Druten play ‘I am a Camera,’ will be performed at Wheeling Jesuit University April 7-10.

The show is based on the 1998 version and is set in a nightclub in 1930’s Berlin just as the Nazi party begins its rise to power. The story follows American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, as he arrives in Berlin in 1929, on the eve of a new year and the new regime in Germany. Centered in the seedy nightclub, the Kit Kat Klub,

Cabaret follows Cliff and the 19-year-old English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, as they navigate their relationship, their dreams and their limitations in a world permeated by politics, economics and sexuality.

Cabaret 2
Wheeling Jesuit students will perform Cabaret for its annual spring musical. Shown are Sarah Sleevi, who plays Sally Bowles and Stephen Probert, who has the role of Clifford Bradshaw. Performance are April 7-10 at WJU’s Troy Theater.

Cabaret also follows the doomed romance between boarding house owner, Fräulein Schneider, and her suitor, Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor, who cannot seem to survive in the impending colder, terrifying Germany. The Emcee oversees the action at the Kit Kat Klub, as well as the parallel journey as Nazi Germany rises to power.

cabaret 1 (1)
Members of the cast of Wheeling Jesuit’s production of Cabaret are: (front row) Samantha Herrington, Halli Richards, Sarah Sleevi, Sean Shields, Bernadette Tirador and Samantha Shingleton. Back row, left to right include: Jessica Pontis, Haleigh Poch, Katie Munhall, Megan Steele, and Anna Marie Marsilio.

The cast of Cabaret includes:

Subscribe to Weelunk

Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)-Sean Shields, Cincinnati Ohio

Sally Bowles- Sarah Sleevi, Hastings, Mich.

Clifford Bradshaw- Stephen Probert, Frederick, Md.

Earnst Ludwig- Seth Holcomb, Rupert, W.Va.

Fräulein Schneider- Becca Rodgers, Bethel Park, PA.

Fräulein Kost– Sam Shingleton , Parkersburg, W.Va.

Herr Schultz-Stephen Hansknecht, Detroit, Mich.


The Kit Kat Girls:

Rosie – Bernadette Tirador, Hyattsville, Md.

Lulu- Samantha Herrington, Bethel Park, Pa.

Frenchie- Katy Munhall, Newark, Ohio

Texas – Haleigh Poch, Rayland, Ohio

Fritzie- Megan Steele, Williamstown, W.Va.

Helga –Halli Richards, Rayland, Ohio


The Kit Kat Boys:

Victor- Anna Marie Marsilio, Aliquippa, Pa.

Max- Alejandro Brillembourg, Caracas, Venezuela

Bobby- Jess Pontis, Aliquippa, Pa.


Production Staff                                                    

Musical Director/Conductor – Robert Troeger

Choreography – Cheryl Pompeo, director of Oglebay Institute School of Dance

Stage Manager/Production Assistant. – Kelsey Zimcosky ‘15

Stage Manager – Mo Stohlman

Stage Crew – Anne Frankovitch

Stage Carpenter/Technical Director – George Bell


Performances are at 8 p.m. April 7-10, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 10. All performances are free and open to the public. Box office opens one hour before curtain. For more information, call 304-243-2000.


Cabaret contains mature subject matter, adult language, and is not intended for children. Parental discretion is advised.


Cabaret is s presented by arrangement with TAMS WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10022.