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McHenry County College to Present "Cabaret" in New Black Box Theatre

[Monday, February 17, 2014]


Sally Bowles, played by Laura Power, kneels in front of her Cabaret girls as they carry as the emcee, played by Bill Daniel. Pictured from left to right, back row, Em Rademaker, Jessica Miller, Tiffany Mazur, Trace Gamache and Heather Bilecki. MCC will present "Cabaret" in the new Black Box Theatre. Show opens at 7 p.m. March 6 and continues March 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. A 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 16 is also featured.

McHenry County College will present "Cabaret" as the inaugural production in the new Black Box Theatre.

Set in 1931 in Weimar Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, this legendary landmark musical is based on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.

"Cabaret" is based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood and features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.  It is directed by Jay Geller of Kildeer with musical direction by Mike Hillstrom of Woodstock, choreography by Maggie McCord of Crystal Lake, lighting design by Rick Amundsen of Woodstock, costume design by Tish Lyon of Woodstock, and set design by Sue Lewis of Crystal Lake. In addition, the musical includes musical conductor Paige Lush, Ph.D. of Marengo, stage manager Katy McCord of Crystal Lake and technical direction by Kent Wilson of Sleepy Hollow.

The cast includes a strong variety of MCC students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community including Tim Vance of Carpentersville, Nathaniel Miller of Cary, Bill Daniel of Chicago, Laura Power, Gary Mackowiak, Jameela Huq, Heather Bilecki, Kendall Natrop, Daniel Philpot, Trace Gamache, and Damian Zayes, all of Crystal Lake; Tiffany Mazur of Lake in the Hills, Jessica Miller of Marengo, Greg Waldyn of McHenry, Ariana Wasik of Trout Valley, and Tim Curtis, Em Rademaker, Nora Brown, all of Woodstock.

"Cabaret" will open on Thursday, March 6 and continue March 7-8, 13-16, 20-22. All performances begin at 7 p.m., except for the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 16. Tickets are $10 for students, faculty/staff, seniors and alumni and $15 for general public.

The previous site of the Black Box Theatre in Building D was renovated to expand advanced manufacturing classroom and lab space in the areas of Computer Numeric Controls (CNC) and Robotics, supporting the county’s manufacturing workforce development needs.

The new Black Box Theatre is located in the first floor corridor between Building D and Building E on the main campus at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake.  For reservations and more information, call (815) 455-8746 or send an email to 

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