College of the Desert Musical Theater Program Returns with “Cabaret”

The College of the Desert’s musical theater program will perform its first live show on Thursday since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The University Department is pulling out all the stops for its comeback, staging a grand production of the Broadway musical “Cabaret” with carefully refined orchestration, costumes, and talent from COD students and staff.

‘Cabaret’ explores the life of a few Berliners in the Third Reich through the stories and songs of a cabaret show in the German capital in the 1930s.

“We have so many talented students and faculty working on this show. We’re thrilled to be back in person and sharing this cultural experience with the public,” said music director Scott Smith, who coordinated the program and will conduct the orchestra. .

“As human beings, we love stories, and to be told stories, [which] get us out of our universe,” Smith said, urging people to get out and visit the McCallum Theater, where “Cabaret” will take place, as the venue resumes live productions in 2022.

The McCallum Theater is located at 73-000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert and showings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. May 6 and 7 Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

COD’s Musical Theater program is designed for all college students, whether majoring in the performing arts or not, and creates a space to practice their skills and learn professional industry standards.

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC, “Cabaret” is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, screenplay written by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.

Guests will be required to bring proper identification and proof of vaccination to each theater visit. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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