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News Release

Salve Regina University Theatre Department


100 Ochre Point Ave
Newport, RI, 02840

Contact: Bradley Simpson (603) 785-0921 (cell)


Public Relations Associate Email: bradley.simpson@salve.edu

April 23, 2018 For Immediate Release

Salve Regina Theatre, Music and Dance Department Reaches New Heights with Recent
Production of Cabaret

Salve students and Newport theater-goers alike are eager for more after the unprecedented
success of the school’s production of Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret.

The Department of Theatre, Music and Dance at Salve cooperated to perform in one of
Broadway’s most iconic musicals, and the performances drew larger audiences than ever
before seen at the university.

Under the direction of Tom Gleadow, a theatre professor at Salve Regina whose directing
career there spans 11 years, the show sold over 500 tickets during its run. The reason for its
success is the theatre department’s new outreach to Salve alumni, Newport community
members, and students of music and dance. An alumni reception hosted on the second day of
performances gave current theatre students the opportunity to connect and network with
working professionals in the field. The orchestra for Cabaret consisted mainly of student
musicians, giving them valuable experience as well, playing in a pit band.

The theatre department has big plans to continue its involvement with the productions of the
music and dance departments, and to further its connection with alumni. According to Tom
Gleadow, “Next year’s musical will continue to include student musicians, and the theatre
department is also planning to get current and past acting students involved with the annual
Hunger Concert hosted by the music department.”

The production of Cabaret has proved to be a huge step forward towards giving students ample
opportunities to work with a large, inclusive group of peers and mentors.

“My experience as a whole was better than in years past,” said junior Madisyn Mugavero, who
just finished playing the lead female Sally Bowles. “I was presented with more opportunities for
self-exploration, more collaboration with the director, I was more comfortable and less anxious,
and it opened doors to things I didn’t know I could do as an actor.”
Through continued successes like Cabaret, the Salve Regina theatre, music, and dance
programs are working to provide students with new and unique opportunities to grow as
performers and professionals in their connection to the working world.
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About SRU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance provides students with individualized attention in
the creative disciplines of music, theater and dance. Students interested in music are fostered
with an understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of music through study, instrumental
and vocal training and performance. Students interested in theater explore the theoretical and
pragmatic aspects of theatrical productions through both analysis and performance experience.
Students in the dance program have the opportunity to study jazz, ballet and modern
technique. By graduating dance minors who are triple trained, our program prepares students
for any graduate school or dance company they wish to join. Whether they pursue their
interests professionally or recreationally, graduates possess the creative, collaborative and
analytical skills necessary for success in professional training programs, graduate studies and
careers in such fields as education and social services.1

For more information on all of Salve Regina University’s academic programs visit their website
at www.salve.edu.

To learn more about the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, contact Department Chair
and Senior Lecturer Peter Davis.
Email: davisp@salve.edu Phone (401) 341-2297

About Cabaret and this performance


With a book by Joe Masteroff, Music by John Kander, and Lyrics by Frank Ebb, Cabaret was a big
hit when it opened on Broadway in 1966. In it, cabaret singer Sally Bowles (originally played by
Jill Haworth) performs at the decadent Kit Kat Klub as the Nazi Party quietly takes hold of 1930s
Berlin. Unlike shows like Gypsy or Oklahoma!, classic musicals that have been repeatedly
revived with more or less unchanged books and scores, Cabaret has seen multiple dramatic
transformations in both its book, score, and staging as it was adapted for the screen and then
revived on Broadway three times. Each incarnation was groundbreaking for its time, but each
new revision also pushed the envelope further and further in terms of the authenticity of 1930s
Weimar Germany.2

Salve Regina University’s production is directed by Tom Gleadow with technical direction by
Pippin McGowan. It features Madisyn Mugavero, ’19, as Sally Bowles; Kenny Benell, ’18, as the
Emcee; Nate Flachs, ’18, as Clifford Bradshaw; Jillian Tereshka, ’19, as Fraulein Schneider; Zach
Bailey, ’20, as Herr Schultz; Danny Landino, ’20, as Ernst Ludwig; and Lea Carpanzano, ’18, as
Fraulein Kost.

1
Adapted from the description on the salve.edu academics website
2
Adapted from synopsis and semicentennial review by Logan Culwell-Block via Playbill.com