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Studio Cabaret Series

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PG - Parental Guidance Suggested
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Theatre Cedar Rapids
M-F 11am - 5pm
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Studio Cabaret Series

February 12, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Saturday and Sunday, repeating until February 13, 2016

An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Sunday, repeating until February 14, 2016

An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating indefinitely

An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating indefinitely

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Studio Cabaret Series Presents

heart & music

directed by lynne rothrock


What is Cabaret? I get asked this question quite often. People think it is associated with the Kander and Ebb musical called Cabaret or that it implies fishnet stockings and scantily clad women, or that it is a musical revue of show tunes. The actual experience of “cabaret” as a genre is much simpler and also much broader than any of these definitions. What we really mean when we talk about cabaret is this: using music as a medium of storytelling, with the primary goal focusing on emotional connection with the audience. Within the simplicity of that – the possibilities are endless! We can use any genre of music, we can inhabit any number of “characters” within a short amount of time. We can amuse, entertain, inform, take you by surprise, make you weep, make you laugh – all while singing a HUGE variety of music. Unlike most shows you might see at TCR, we were not handed a script and score to bring to life. Part of our preparation for this evening of entertainment was actually selecting and developing the material we would use. Each singer and I worked as a team to winnow down lists of possible songs that might work well in this format and also reflect their individual voices. As director, I want you to see as many facets of these performers personalities as possible – while also leaving you entertained. I hope that you see THEM in each of the songs they sing – as they open up their hearts and share themselves with you. Cabaret is a most intimate art form and we are thrilled to have you join us in this emotional and musical conversation.


Cabaret has its origins in 19th-century Paris, at Le Chat Noir, where musicians and poets performed in a casual atmosphere where people felt free to eat and drink. The word and descriptions of cabaret are derived from the French word meaning “wine cellar” to describe the small room where this form of entertainment was born. Over time, European cabaret evolved into a number of forms, including comedy, burlesque and sociopolitical satire. In America, cabaret was performed in speakeasies and other intimate nightclub venues and evolved into a much more jazz-infused style of performance. New York City nightclubs, like the Cafe Carlyle, feature singers associated with music from a genre known as the Great American Songbook. Today, cabaret is its own, identifiable art form, distinctive from musical theatre, nightclub singing or a concert. The most essential elements of cabaret are simple: a performer in a small room with an audience at close range – and an audience willing to participate into a direct, emotional conversation with the singer.

–Lynne Rothrock


Becca Hauschild

Jaymie McGrath

Bryan Mullen

Meg Norris

Kaitlin Oswood

Kara Ramirez

Media sponsors KDAT and Mediacom. Grandon Studio Presenting Sponsor is RBC Wealth Management.