Stage Door Productions presents SPRING CABARET A Night of Musical Theatre

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"Spring Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre" will be performed at the historic Ringland-Smeltzer House, 1019 Second Ave. S., on Thursday and Friday.

Stage Door Productions is set to perform “Spring Cabaret: A Night of Musical Theatre,” its latest offering, at the historic Ringland-Smeltzer House May 16 and 17.

Shelly Bottorff, the show’s director, is grateful to be able to host the production at the Ringland-Smeltzer House, located at 1019 Second Ave. S. in Fort Dodge.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to host this event,” said Bottorff. “Bill Griffel (president of the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust) is always great to work with and welcoming to our group.”

The history of the house and of the family’s contributions to fine arts in Fort Dodge is something that is highlighted at each cabaret by emcee Steve Kersten. Bottorff said the cabaret is one of her favorite events with Stage Door Productions.

“It is a way to highlight some of the amazing talent in Fort Dodge and in the area,” she said.

The cabaret will feature both veteran performers as well as some newcomers. New Stage Door performers include Elizabeth Chavez, Laura Kline and Paul Bloomquist.

The cabaret will include music selections from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” “Cry Baby,” “Hamilton,” “Book of Mormon,” and a mash-up from the hit show “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Additional performers in the show include Sean O’Connor, Melaney Buttrick, Alaina Porter, Cameron Nelson, Maggie Breitenkamp, Nate Gibson and Josh Kraushaar.

“I’m so thankful that people have been so willing to participate and help put together a great show,” Bottorff said. “It’s been fun to learn how to piece something together like this. Finding the right song for the right personality and character. Finding the right balance of ballads and up-tempo pieces and putting them in an order that is interesting for the audience. It is sort of a formula now.”

In addition to the great musical theatre songs throughout the evening, hors d’ouevres and drinks will be available for the audience.

“We love having Shiny Top beer, Soldier Creek wine, and True Blu Catering on board,” Bottorff said. “This year we have added some desserts by Jolene Messerly. Please come and enjoy this fun evening with us.”

Advance tickets for the May 16 and 17 performances are available for purchase at Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way office, by emailing Stage Door Productions, or at the door on the night of the show. Due to limited seating, it is recommended to purchase tickets ahead of time.

The performances will be at 7 p.m. and doors will open at 6:15 p.m.


Stage Door Productions also has some upcoming shows it is excited about.

• The summer children’s production, “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” will have auditions on May 12 and 13 at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. 10th St. Audition materials are available on its Facebook page, but Stage Door will also provide PDF materials via email upon request.

• Camp Creamery Musical Theatre Camp is also coming back to Fort Dodge June 24 through June 29. Camp Creamery is for children ages 7 and older. Campers will be performing “The Legend of Blackbeard’s Gold” on June 28 and 29. Registration fees are $75 for the first child and $50 for each additional sibling.

For more information, email stagedoorfd@gmail.com for advanced tickets for the cabaret, information on “The Little Mermaid Jr.” auditions, or Camp Creamery registration forms.


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