Deerfield Valley Players bring ‘Cabaret’ to Memorial Hall

WILMINGTON — The glamour and sophistication of Broadway return to the Deerfield Valley on Aug. 1, 2, and 3 with the Deerfield Valley Players' production of Cabaret, one of the edgiest and most acclaimed musicals of the 20th century.

The production, in Memorial Hall, will replicate a Berlin nightclub of 1929, complete with a special area for audience members who would like to be part of the show.

For this production of Cabaret, six tables will be set up on the floor below the stage, for those who want to “play the part” of nightclub patrons and enjoy a more intimate interaction with the cast. In addition, all theatergoers are encouraged to dress in 1920s-style clothing.

“Our cabaret seating and 'dress-up' option will enhance the audience's experience of this amazing musical,” Barbara Lipstadt, the show's musical director, said in a news release.

Lipstadt, who is well-known to Valley audiences from productions such as Guys & Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and Man of La Mancha, says this new production will return Memorial Hall to its heyday as a venue for full-scale Broadway musical productions.

Cabaret is the perfect musical for our unsettled time,” she said. “It has comedy, gripping drama, and of course, fabulous song and dance numbers.”

In addition to the audience participation option, Cabaret also offers traditional theater seating. Pricing is uniform for all regular seats ($15 each). The “cabaret patron option” is $30 per seat ($120 for a table of four) and includes a glass of wine or other beverage for each guest.

“We expect that local businesses and groups of friends will enjoy having their own tables and being part of the show,” Lipstadt said.

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