December 2, 2020

“Gender Bender” Cabaret auditions

The Surface Theatre recently had auditions for the first Cabaret show called, Gender Bender. The auditions took place Mon., Nov 14, in Emerson Library in the conference room at 6:30 p.m.
“The reason we choose the theme, Gender Bender, is because we want males to sing female songs and females to do male songs,” said Devin Woodall, artistic director of Surfacing Theatre and casting


director for the auditions. “This kind of theme is nothing new in Cabaret theatre.

The first to audition was wig and makeup design major, David Gray, who did a rendition of Marcy Heisler’s Taylor, “The Latte Boy”.

“I heard about the audition on Surfacing Theatre’s Facebook page and I love the concept of the show,” said Gray. “It gives people the chance to sing songs you would here anyone sing.”

Next up was Aly Chisum, a freshmen communications major performing her version of “Run Away With Me” from the Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown as an encore to “Tales from the Bad Years”, written by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk

“I love this song and it’s something a girl would never sing, but it’s a fun song to perform for this kind of show,” Chisum said.

Music turned sociology sophomore major, Katie Maxwell, performed “Run Away With Me” and her rendition of Jason Robert Brown’s “A miracle would happen.”

“It was Devin and Seanna Tucker, who wanted me to audition,” said Maxwell. “Even though I changed my major from music to sociology I didn’t want to lose my love for music.”

Maxwell said she also auditioned because she loves that Webster University is a diverse campus and accepts all people. Tucker and Woodall said that these, who made the first cut will be posted on Thurs., Nov 17. Those who are chosen will have a second audition in January 2012.

The official performance will be on Feb 8, 2012 in Sunnen Lounge at 9:30 pm.

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