AP Literature Sees Book Come to Life


On November 1, students in English teacher Maria Wishart’s AP Literature class attended a production of Cabaret Poe, a musical interpretation of some of Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poems and stories. The students traveled to the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis for the show.  

The Fall of the House of Usher, The Masque of Red Death, The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart were just a a few of Poe’s works represented in the show. The show was created ten years ago by Ben Asaykwee, and it has been performed each October (and the first few days of November) ever since.

 After the students watched the production, they discussed more in depth about the different poems and stories portrayed in the musical.  

We discussed the narrative essentials in the play, the characterization, the challenges of transferring a story from page to stage, elements of technical production, what made particular actors stand out, and what was challenging about different roles,” said Wishart.

Story by Michael Hannon