Darien Arts Center adds Cabaret matinee due to popular demand
Due to popular demand, the Darien Arts Center has added a 2pm matinee of Cabaret on Saturday, May 12. Produced by DAC Stage in collaboration with The Lipstick Project, this production, the first-ever all-female production of Cabaret has been receiving rave reviews from audiences.
The show, produced by DAC Stage in collaboration with The Lipstick Project, also received a strong review by theatre review site, OnStage Blog. Chris Peterson, founder and editor in chief of the blog, attended the show on opening night and commented in his review, “Under the direction of Carin Zakes and choreography by Caitlin Roberts, this was a strong production with every bit the risque and reflection you'd want…” and commented on the lead roles, “Rachel Schulte turns in a career performance as Sally Bowles,” and “As the emcee, Julie Thaxter-Gourlay gives the character the right amount of charisma and darkness without going over the top.”
Peterson also commented on supporting roles in the show, “The relationship between Fräulein Schneider and Herr Schultz is equally adorable to watch unfold and heartbreaking for reasons revealed later on. McCready and Olsen have great chemistry between them,” and on musical direction, “Thanks to Dwayne Condon and his musicians, the score becomes a central character throughout the piece.“ Additionally, Peterson commented, “While the cast is all-female, the women playing the male roles, especially (Abigail) Henderson (Cliff) and Olsen (Herr Schultz), skillfully take on male posture and mannerisms that make the audience forget they're women.” Peterson’s full review can be found at onstageblog.com.
Producer of the DAC production is Darien resident Nova Hall and includes ensemble members Susan Helms, Holly Jespersen, Amy Rissolo, Amy Wade, and Kit Kat girl Hilary Webster, all from Darien. Also cast are Megan Kellogg as Fraulein Kost and Shelley Lepetich as Ernst, other Kit Kat dancers Claire Kenny, Christina Kompar, Ashley Mondestin, Kelly Nayden, Sarah Sherwood, Grace Simmons, Justine Weisinger, and ensemble members Dina Fleishman and Angela Jackson.
Cabaret takes place in a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close. A garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes audiences and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the Cabaret. With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”
Purchase tickets soon at darienarts.org, as shows have been selling out quickly. Tickets are $30 ($25 for students and seniors) for the musical produced by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall. For questions, please call 203-655-8683.