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Student-led Roial Players sing and dance toward opening night of “Cabaret”

March 15, 2024
<p>MSU's student-led theatre group Roial Players rehearses in the Snyder-Phillips RCAH Theater on March 14, 2024 for their Cabaret show. </p>

MSU's student-led theatre group Roial Players rehearses in the Snyder-Phillips RCAH Theater on March 14, 2024 for their Cabaret show.

Photo by Brianna Schmidt | The State News

For the past week, environmental studies and sustainability senior Delaney Hudson has spent her nights cooped up in the RCAH Theater at Snyder Hall, working alongside a cast and crew entirely composed of MSU students to put the finishing touches on their production of “Cabaret.” 

From coordinating what happens onstage with light and sound effects in “cue-to-cue” runs, to running through the entirety of the show in dress rehearsal, members of MSU’s student-led theater group, the Roial Players, have worked relentlessly to have their production ready for opening night.

“Tech week can be pretty brutal,” Hudson said, who has the dual responsibility of performing in the ensemble as well as being one of two costumers for the production. “The fun part is figuring out how to work (these moving parts) together. What’s really hard is the long hours that process can take.”

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MSU's student-led theatre group Roial Players rehearses in the Snyder-Phillips RCAH Theater on March 14, 2024 for their Cabaret show.

Set in Berlin during the final years of the Weimar Republic, “Cabaret” centers on the shady Kit Kat Klub and its various patrons, exploring its characters while simultaneously commenting on the rapid rise of the Nazi Party during this time

Although the original Broadway production won the 1967 Tony for best musical and has been reproduced dozens of times across the world, english sophomore Micah Prince, one of the co-directors of the student production, said they’ve never doubted the cast’s ability to step up to the occasion.

“Our cast has been awesome,” Prince said. “Since auditions, we knew that we were going to have a really good show because we just have so much talent in this club. It never fails to amaze me.”

When arts and humanities junior Eddie Eichenhorn, a member of the executive board of Roial Players, decided that the club would do a production of “Cabaret,” he immediately knew he wanted to audition for the show as well.

“I hadn’t been in a musical since high school and I had been missing it a lot,” Eichenhorn said, who plays the Kit Kat Klub’s master of ceremonies in the production. “The opportunity was there and it’s such a great, great show and there’s opportunities for really great parts like this one.”

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MSU's student-led theatre group Roial Players rehearses in the Snyder-Phillips RCAH Theater on March 14, 2024 for their Cabaret show.

While this final week of rehearsals has arguably been the busiest for members of the cast and crew, the students involved have been preparing for opening night since the first days of the semester. For experience architecture sophomore Maren O’Connor, that heavy workload is part of the appeal of being a part of a musical production.

“I think that’s why a lot of people do it, it’s because it’s a lot of motion and effort and time and energy that we put into something and we give it our all,” O’Connor said, who plays Fraulein Schneider in the show. “We want to make it the best we possibly can.”

Eichenhorn said that when the curtains unveil on opening night, he’ll be hoping to show his friends and other guests the fruits of his and his castmates’ hard work.

“This is by far our biggest undertaking and I think it’s going to be super validating for all of us, for people from the outside who know we’ve been working on this ... to say ‘Wow, you guys stepped up’,” Eichenhorn said. “It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work and passion from so many different people.”

The Roial Players’ production of “Cabaret” will be shown at the RCAH Theater in Snyder Hall Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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MSU's student-led theatre group Roial Players rehearses in the Snyder-Phillips RCAH Theater on March 14, 2024 for their Cabaret show.

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