'Cabaret' Comes To The Caldwell Theatre In Boca Raton

By: Sep. 15, 2010


Comes to The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton

Second Production of Hot & Hip Entre'Acte Theatrix Will Run October 14-24 

(Leah Sessa Is Pictured)

"Come to the Cabaret, old chum, come hear the music play!" That's the invitation issued today by theatrical producer Vicki Halmos, founder of the Palm Beach Principal Players, who's new Production Company - the hot and hip Entr'Acte Theatrix - will be presenting the Tony Award-winning, Kander & Ebb musical CABARET, October 14-24 at the Count de Hoernle Theatre (Caldwell Theatre) in Boca Raton.

"Entr'Acte Theatrix plans to produce at least two musical shows each season that are edgier and more relevant than those traditionally presented by Palm Beach Principal Players," said Halmos. "CABARET" is the perfect show to follow our critically acclaimed production of "Hair" that wowed audiences at the Caldwell last June."

"While we had actors from around the country come to Palm Beach County to star in HAIR, for CABARET we cast young performers who were trained in South Florida along with some longtime local theater veterans," said Halmos. "This is the goal of Entr'Acte Theatrix - to give emerging talents from South Florida the opportunity to get those critical professional theater credits before contemplating a move to New York, or any other larger arena. Unfortunately, professional performing opportunities for these young artists are relatively scarce in our area, in comparison to other municipalities around the country." 

Accordingly, the upcoming production of CABARET will feature a large cast - many of whom are graduates of local high schools, colleges and universities - including:

+ Shane Blanford (Emcee)
Shane studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan and has performed all over South Florida. Favorite past roles include Pippin (Pippin). Dr. Frank-n-furter (Rocky Horror Show), Claude (Hair), Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), and Roger (Rent). During his extensive local and regional theater career, he has performed at the Lake Worth Playhouse and the Lyric, Minack, Stagedoor and Willow Theaters, as well as at The Public Theater of South Florida.

+ Leah Sessa (Sally Bowles)
A member of the "tribe" in the rock musical Hair, the inaugural production of Entr'Acte Theatrix, Leah Sessa is graduate of the Theater Department at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a veteran of several productions by Palm Beach Principal Players, including lead roles in Bye Bye Birdy, Little Shop of Horrors and How to Succeed. Ms. Sessa has worked at the Crest Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Delray Beach Playhouse, Coral Springs PAC (My Catskills Summer directed by Kimberly Dawn Smith) and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and has appeared in TV commercials.

+ Ryan Michael Owens (Cliff Bradshaw)
Ryan Owens has appeared in numerous theatrical productions in Martin County, including shows at the Shiloh Theater, Starstruck Productions, the Barn, Indian River State College, and the Lyric Theater. He has also performed frequently in Summer Stock at the Mac-Hayden Theater in New York.

+ Jeanne McKinnon (Fraulein Schneider)
Jeanne grew up in a dance studio and taught dance until she graduated to the theatre. She danced in the chorus of many shows such as Gypsy, Will Rogers Follies, and Cabaret before she began landing leading roles in 42nd Street, Singing in the Rain, Sweet Charity and Bye Bye Birdie. She has worked at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training and Lake Worth Playhouse. Ms. McKinnon also teaches dance and theatre to children at Standing Ovation Performing Arts and dance/fitness to residents at Palm Isles. 

+ Greg Halmos (Herr Schultz)
A graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University's Department of Theater, Greg Halmos has been a visible presence within the Palm Beach County theater scene for more than a decade, primarily in productions by Palm Beach Principal Players, for which he is associate producer. Among the shows in which Greg has appeared are Fiddler on the Roof, How to Succeed, Les Mis, South Pacific and Miss Saigon at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. Greg also has performed at the Rinker Playhouse, and at the Crest, Eissy and Harriet Himmel Theaters.

Just like the recent production of HAIR. CABARET will be directed and choreographed by Kimberly Dawn (KD) Smith, a protégé of the late Broadway wunderkind Michael Bennett.

With music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, the Entre'Acte Theatrix production of CABARET will be closer to the darker and more erotic 1998 Broadway version which included songs like "Maybe This Time" and "Money" from the Oscar-winning1972 movie (directed by Bob Fosse) that were not part of the original 1966 production.

Dates of Performance:
This production of the smash hit musical CABARET will run for 12 performances at the Caldwell Theatre, located at 7901 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton:
+ Thursday, October 14 - 8 p.m.
+ Friday, October 15 - 8 p.m.
+ Saturday, October 16 - 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
+ Sunday, October 17 -- 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
+ Wednesday, October 20 -- 8 p.m.
+ Thursday, October 21 - 8 p.m.
+ Friday, October 22 - 8 p.m.
+ Saturday, October 23 - 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
+ Sunday, October 24 - 2 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each for Center Circle seats and $25 for all others. If available, a special $10 Student Rush price will be offered on day of show. For groups of 15 or more, the price per ticket is $20, with the 16th ticket free.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Caldwell Theatre box office at 561.241.7432 or online at www.caldwelltheatre.com or at www.entractetheatrix.org.

Entr'Acte Theatrix is a brand new offshoot of the Palm Beach Principal Players, which started 10 years ago and targeted high school and college students interested in musical theater but who had limited opportunities to perform. Over the last decade, Principal Players has presented 16 different shows featuring more than 200 young people, many of whom have gone on to professional careers or top educational programs. Because these young but "seasoned" performers still need opportunities to work with top professionals and begin their professional careers with impressive resumes and a network of industry contacts, Entr'Acte Theatrix was formed. The company's goal is to produce shows aimed toward a young, hipper audience and present them at some of the finest professional houses in Palm Beach County, exposing the young performers to both sophisticated audiences and the staff and management of these venues. Entr'Acte Theatrix is a subsidiary of the Peter and Vicki Halmos Family Foundation. Neither organization is affiliated with the Caldwell Theatre Company. For more information, please visit www.entractetheatrix.org.


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