Monthly Archives: March 2011

“The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding” opens this Friday!

You are cordially invited to the wedding event of the season! Peoria Cabaret Theatre is proud to present the World Premiere of our original interactive comedy The Lebanese/Redneck Wedding April 1,2, and 8,9.

THE SHOW: In the style of Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding and building upon PCT’s wildly successful AWESOME 80’s PROM, THE LEBANESE / REDNECK WEDDING is an original interactive, improv comedy. William (Billy) Couri is a junior congressman having just been elected to the House of Reps. His bride Trina (Not short for Katrina) Mott is a weekend on location reporter for WHOI-TV. Hilarity ensues when Billy’s traditional Lebanese family (a pillar in Peoria) and Trina’s gun toting, NASCAR loving, camo wearing kin mix!  

Admission is $35 per person and includes tax and a BUFFET DINNER featuring a mixture between traditional Lebanese dishes and American foods along with wedding cake for dessert.

Doors open at 5:45pm, Ceremony is at 6:30pm SHARP, Dinner is at 7:30pm. Dancing begins at 8:30pm.  Call (309)494-9100 for reservations, or make your reservations ONLINE HERE

UPDATE:  Tickets for all four performances are SOLD OUT!  Call (309)494-9100 to get on the Cancellation List for potential openings.

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Don’t Miss Our Final Open Mic and Carmen McCarthy!

Tonight is our FINAL scheduled Musical Theatre Open Mic Night of the season!  Don’t miss your last chance to sing all of the roles you’ve always wanted to play! Just bring yourself and some music (or check out ours!), and we’ll supply the accompanist. For those of you needing a “shot” of courage, the bar will also be open. Come perform your favorite show tunes in a friendly, supportive, fun environment.  Doors open at 10:15pm after the performance of “Master Class” and the madness begins at 10:30.  ADMISSION IS FREE!

Our Late Night Cabaret series concludes on Saturday, March 12th  with Carmen McCarthy: A Semi-autobiographical Kind of Cabaret. Doors open after the Main Stage show at 10pm. Shows start at 11pm on Bar Stage. $5pp admission. Bar is open until midnight!


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Peoria Live Theatre League Sings the Praises of “Master Class”

We received a stellar review of our current production of Master Class from The Live Theatre League of Greater Peoria’s website!  Here are some of the highlights…

Review of Master Class
Peoria Cabaret Theatre
March 4, 2011
By Douglas Okey

 Even theatre-goers who do not know opera know Maria Callas.  Comparisons to Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan stretch the point, but to some degree Callas was a bad girl in her day.  Scandal and controversy seemed to trail La Divina, as she was sometimes called.  Most familiar to many Americans might be her long-time dalliance with billionaire Aristotle Onassis, who later put the “O” in “Jackie O.” 

The Maria Callas at the center of Terence McNally’s 1995 play Master Class,directed by Andrew Driscoll for Peoria Cabaret Theatre at the Waterhouse, has long since put most of the eyebrow-raising behind her.  The story is inspired by a series of master classes in opera that Callas conducted at Juilliard in the early 1970s.  This Callas very much plays the diva with her students and support staff, but McNally’s play explores the complex demands placed upon an artist in the public eye.   

In the story, Callas, played here by Susan Somerville Brown, addresses the audience as she prepares to work individually with students coming in to work with the legendary soprano.  She interacts with the classroom accompanist, Manny (a subtle performance by Anthony Roberts) and a stagehand played by Ed Peck.  In these dealings, Callas behaves with an air of entitlement that would make Naomi Campbell proud, but a warm sense of humor blunts the point of her sting.  Still, the students—two sopranos played by Rebecca Meyer and Elisabeth Richter and a tenor played by Jarod Hazzard—stand suitably in awe of her fame and talent.  These accomplished singers each bring out a different aspect of Callas’s personality, and those aspects are not always flattering.

…Somerville Brown’s Callas demands our attention from the moment she takes the stage.  She demonstrates the ability to capture and control; she captivated the opening night audience at several key moments throughout the play.  It’s easy to imagine how small one might feel under that steely gaze for too long, so we can sympathize with the students.  As she gradually reveals bits and pieces of her past, always with the dismissive, “But that’s another story,” we begin to understand how the eye of the public took its toll on Callas herself… It is a gripping performance in a daunting role… 

Playgoers note: though opera is the subject, no special familiarity with either the music or the industry is required to enjoy this fine performance

 You can read the full review HERE.

 Master Class continues this Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12 at The WaterhouseReservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 309.494.9100 or ONLINE HERE. The doors will open at 6pm for cocktails and a three course plated dinner is served starting at 6:30pm. The show will begin promptly at 8:00pm.  Admission is $45 with a portion of every full price admission donated to Opera Illinois League.

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“Master Class” Opens This Friday!

Peoria Cabaret Theatre proudly presents MASTER CLASS March 4, 5, 11, 12 to benefit Opera Illinois League.  A Tony winner for Best Play, MASTER CLASS stars Susan Somerville (courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association) as Maria Callas. The cast also includes local opera favorite Elisabeth Richter as Second Soprano (Sharon), the role that won a Best Supporting Actress Tony for Audra McDonald. Rounding out the cast are Jarod Hazzard as Tenor (Tony), Rebecca Myer as First Soprano (Sophie), Anthony Roberts as Accompanist (Manny) and Ed Peck as the Stagehand.

 THE STORY: MASTER CLASS is Terrence McNally’s Tony winning masterpiece about Maria Callas. Inspired by a series of master classes the great diva conducted toward the end of her career, this drama puts Maria Callas at center stage again as she coaxes, prods, and inspires students into giving the performances of their lives while revealing her own. Dazzling theatricality comes from Callas’s cunning wit, her emotional explosions, & the soaring music as each student sings an aria that exposes the Divina’s vulnerabilities …and her genius.

 Admission is $45 per person (tax included) for dinner and show.  A portion of every full price admission will be donated to Opera Illinois League! The evening features a THREE COURSE PLATED DINNER. 1st Course: Regina Salad with choice of house creamy citrus or balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 2nd Course: Your choice of Prime Rib au jus or Herb Crusted Salmon with twiced baked potato and spring vegetables. 3rd Course: Tiramisu. 

 Reservations can be made by calling The Waterhouse office at 309.494.9100 or ONLINE HERE. The doors will open at 6pm for cocktails and dinner is served starting at 6:30pm. The show will begin promptly at 8:00pm.

Listen to the radio commercial for MASTER CLASS

Read Gary Panetta’s Peoria Journal Star Article on MASTER CLASS

Andrew Driscoll and Susan Somerville discuss MASTER CLASS on 1470 WMBD

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