With opening night less than a week away, actors and crew are putting the final touches on the local production of Cabaret.
Sydney Galbraith, who is doing double duty as producer and lead female actor, says she can feel the buzz around the show growing.
“People are stopping me on the street all the time and they’re just really, genuinely excited and that makes me 8,000-times more excited,” Galbraith says.
She’s playing the role of Sally Bowles, a headlining British singer at a seedy nightclub called the Kit Kat Klub, where burlesque dancers entertain their audience with their sexy stage shows.
Backed by nine dancers for many of her solos, Galbraith says it makes her feel like a pop star.
“I’m like Rihanna up there — I don’t even have to move,” she laughs. “I just do three dance moves and they complete everything and make me look like I’ve been doing things … It’s really awesome.”
All the men and woman playing Kit Kat Klub dancers, with the exception of Galbraith, have extensive dance experience (“I can’t dance at all,” she claims).
And, because of some explicit sexual content in the show, all of the actors are over the age of 18.
“There’re less limitations and boundaries with an all-adult cast,” she says, recalling how she did a watered-down version of the show in her teens with the Capitol’s summer theatre program.
“It’s hard to believe this show was ever made family-friendly,” she says.
Cabaret opens at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, May 30 and continues Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. nightly. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on June 1 and a late night show on May 31 at 11 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults or $17 for students, available at the Capitol Theatre box office.