So what is cabaret?
- Cabaret is fun: Laughs, gasps and good cheap thrills are the name of the game. Besides humour, music and lyrics lie at the heart of cabaret.
- Cabaret is not normal: That said, a good cabaret show isn’t just titillating – it’s transgressive, upending everyday ideas about art and bodies, politics and sex, provoking as well as pleasing. It loves you but sometimes it likes to see you squirm.
- Cabaret makes eye contact: There’s no fourth wall in cabaret – performers can see and hear you and will let you know it. The word ‘cabaret’ means ‘room’: what happens in a show depends on the dynamic between the performer and the audience in that place on that night.
- Cabaret needs your energy: That’s because, however talented, a cabaret artist is not merely a performer but the leader of a collaboration with the audience. They can push a boulder so far on their own but with your help they can lift it over the top. So be don’t be shy to get involved, and if you are shy, well, then reveal in the voyeurism of it all.
- Cabaret likes to socialize: A little social lubrication can work wonders in getting the collective juices flowing, especially in a sometimes buttoned-up culture like ours. And cabaret encourages walking around, talking, and meeting people you haven’t seen in a while as well as those you’re meeting for the first time, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
- Cabaret is like a fugue in music: When a cabaret show really flies, the feeling can be euphoric – everyone in the room has not just participated in but contributed to something special, something bigger than any one person. Collective, co:creation, community.
- Cabaret can change the world: This is cabaret’s secret power: it reminds us that what we do in any given situation has consequences. We all matter and we can all change things. And that applies outside the room as well as in it.
- Cabaret is community: Cabaret brings disparate communities together; it celebrates and interrogates the notion of community while providing a fertile ground for artists develop individually and as a community.
What is “CabaretSooke”?
“CabaretSooke” essentially springs out of the creative energies of many of the artists involved with the local theatre group Sooke Habour Players including Dee O’Connor, Melissa Curtis Perry, Tara Ceraldi Pugh, Ross Pratt, Derek Lewers, Christine McGuinness, Anthea Browne, Joel Hanson, Heather Gatland, Linda Green Abraham, Fran Nemeth. It was seen as a way for these artists to continue practicing their craft, honing and sharing their skills with each other, as well as encouraging new voices and divergent talents from the Sooke Community to come forth and join forces. The idea caught the imagination of many artists in the community and we were soon joined by incredibly talented people like Trina Titus, Christie Lacriox, Lilith Chameleon, Nicole Syrard, Paiton, Ruby Bird, Shannon B., Trina LaCroix, Marian Schols, Ron Larson, Miranda Wright, Sonya Miller, Tammy Bernard, and Annabelle Fortin.
In early January, we secured the support of Sooke Habour Players and began rehearsing dance numbers, pole, hoops, as well as musical numbers with ”THE BAND” led by Taylor Caspersen (organ, keys, and guitar) and Harry Somers (bass and band leader) and featuring Dave Gallant on guitar, Michael Hamilton on drums, and Gene Sibelius on slide guitar along with special appearances by Miranda Wright on accordion and squeeze box and Sonya Miller on harmonica and slide whistle and percussive instruments. Along with Jill Sweetin, the show’s creative director, Anthea Browne has worked hard with everyone on choreographing and directing many of the numbers; Marian Schols has also worked hard providing the vocal direction for the artists. And none of it would have been possible without the producing talents of Ross Pratt, Derek Lewers, Ron Larson, Jill Sweetin and a team of uber talented and dedicated artists.
The artists, musicians, and a dynamic production crew of featuring the talented Landon Kelly, Rowan, and Cameron Marentette are in the midst of putting the finishing touches on the production this week. So don’t be surprised if you see flashes of performers grabbed in fish net stockings or bow ties running in and out of the Community Hall this week. And get your tickets early, there will be a limited number for sale at the door but word has it that there aren’t many left at the local ticket vendors: The Stick in the Mud, Shoppers, and Kemp Lake Store. Also, don’t forget by wearing a costume to the show (top hat to dam circus/glam goth/steampunk and everything in between) you will get $5.00 back at the door for getting into the cabaret spirit !!
And it seems that everyone wishes to see it happen more often — like what about a yearly Harvest/Halloween Cabaret night right here in Sooke. But one thing at a time. We’re beginning with this one show.
Cabaret Boite Noire Sooke
- Where: Sooke Community Hall
- When: April Fri 10 & Sat 11 at 8pm
- Break out dance party to follow with DJ.
- This is a 19+ event; I.D. will be checked at the door.
- Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11, doors at 8pm
- Sooke Community Hall
- 2037 Shields Road
- Tickets: $20 + s/c (on sale March 7).
Tickets on sale at Kemp Lake Store Music Cafe, Shoppers Drug Mart Sooke, and Stick In The Mud Coffee House.