‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’ in a historic setting

Stage Door Productions hosts 6th cabaret followed by Triple Threat Extreme

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Stage Door Productions will be presenting its sixth ‘‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’’ Oct. 12-13 at the Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge.

-Messenger photo Stage Door Productions will be presenting its sixth ‘‘Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre’’ Oct. 12-13 at the Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge.

Stage Door Productions will be presenting its sixth ”Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre” this fall at the Ringland-Smeltzer House in Fort Dodge.

The show will be held Oct. 12-13 at the home at 1019 Second Ave. S. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. each day, with the show beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person.

“Holding our Cabaret in the Ringland-Smeltzer House is, in some ways, a tribute to the history of Fort Dodge,” said Susan Ahlers Leman, a spokeswoman for Stage Door Productions. ”It is where Jeannie Ringland-Smeltzer would hold a variety of musical and cultural experiences. She, and others, brought an appreciation of arts and culture to our area in the early days of Fort Dodge.”

During the evening, audience members will be able to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere the house provides, while snacking on appetizers prepared by Joel Hamlow, owner of Tru Bleu Catering. Soldier Creek Winery wine and Shiny Top Brewing beer will also be available.

Audience members will be able to hear a wide variety of musical theater selections with some familiar songs and songs guests have never heard before. Shelly Bottorff, musical director, selects the songs the singers perform, and since the singers are from all walks of life, many will be exposed to music they have never done before.

“I absolutely love choosing music for this particular show,” Bottorff said. ”It is really fun to expose the audience members and the singers to a variety of new musical theater productions and their stories. I also have a great time working with the singers throughout the rehearsal processes. We are prompted to have this type of show to highlight the talent in our community, and sometimes life is just too busy to commit to rehearsals involved in a full scale show. Cabaret provides an alternative to that.”

There will be returning faces to the stage as well as some new ones. The fall Cabaret will feature Ahlers Leman, Jennifer Brown, Malaney Butrick, Anna Cummings, Hallie Ehn, Zoe Fiddelki, Nate Gibson, Josh Kraushaar, Esther Laupp, Cameron Nelson, Robert Paton, Daniel Peet, Ann and Buzz Powers, and Shad Prichard.

Tickets will be available for purchase at First American Bank, 1207 Central Ave., or at the door on the night of the show. Due to limited seating, it is recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time.

Following the fall Cabaret, on Oct. 14 – 15, Stage Door Productions will be offering a Triple Threat Extreme Workshop by the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Broadway Dreams, established in 2006, seeks to empower aspiring young artists through performing arts training, with a focus on acting, voice, and dance disciplines.

Over the past decade, Broadway Dreams has worked with students in such U.S. cities as New York; Los Angeles; Aspen, Colorado; Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Omaha; Park City, Utah; Philadelphia and Sacramento – and internationally in Brazil, Russia and Canada.

Bottorff has been on the staff of Broadway Dreams for several years. She has traveled the country with them as accompanist and musical director, including in New York City, Philadelphia, Aspen, and Omaha.

Triple Threat Extreme is a weekend immersive experience that sharpens skills and emphasizes core values learned through the Summer Intensive.

This 16 hour immersive experience will sharpen skills and emphasize three central Broadway tenets: deliver lyrics and dialogue with an organic truth; tell a powerful story with exceptional vocal quality; and master movement techniques with grace and style. Guided by a team of elite educators, students will take part in a series of demanding exercises that pushes their talents and abilities – illuminating the skills and stamina necessary to be a successful stage professional.

To register for the Triple Threat Extreme Workshop visit the website broadwaydreams.org. It costs $250 per person and is recommended for youth/young adults who already have experience in musical theater and want to take it to the next level. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 14-15 at United All Stars, 214 S. 13th St.

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