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Another gem

Production after production, First City Players continues to build its reputation as presenter of engaging theater for Ketchikan.

The latest gem was “Cabaret,” featured in a one-week run that concluded Sunday at the Ketchikan High School auditorium.

“Cabaret” wasn’t a typical musical for First City Players, which successfully has staged any number of family friendly blockbusters from “Peter Pan” and “Mary Poppins” to “The Wizard of Oz” and “Oklahoma.”

Set in the desperate decadence of 1930s Germany as the National Socialist Party takes power, “Cabaret” simmers with mature themes of fluid morality and human frailty. Its advertised PG-13 rating is appropriate — it’s not a show for all audiences.

But it is a story well worth the telling, and First City Players told it well indeed.

Performances of particular note were by Paul Kortemeier as the Master of Ceremonies and by Heidi Poet as Sally Bowles. Poet’s rendition of the song “Cabaret” in particular was stunning and heartrending, all at once.

Moments like that, in shows such as this, remind us how good First City Players is in bringing quality art to local stages. We are not only entertained, we are challenged to think, feel and reflect. Not every community has a local theater company capable of such magic on a regular basis. We’re fortunate to have First City Players.