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101 C   J. Michaels Lane
Jeannette, PA 15644
724-527-7775
jcabaret@comcast.net

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Latrobe, PA 15650
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  WARNING:    This website  expresses an unapolagetic    love for  theatre...and in particular for The Cabaret Theatre.  Because we are determined to provide our company with a permanent home, we  will make every attempt to  get you to make a donation--large or small is irrelevant.  You have been fairly warned, so either click away or scroll on.  In either case, we wish you well.

News Flash: 
Sprinkler Campaign Begins
Check out the GoFundMe link: 
​www.gofundme.com/q7btj3rk

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History:  2015--Building Purchased--Opening Date Set--June 2016
June 2016--Informed of NFPA13 Code Requirement:  Sprinklers Needed
Cost:  Currently between $118,000 and $138,000
Despite performing a full season in the Latrobe Art Center and despite establishing The Neighborhood Arts Troupe for Homeschoolers, we are still trying to find the funding for the Sprinkler System.  
WE HAVE THE BUILDING.
WE HAVE THE TALENT.
WE HAVE THE DREAM...
...AND THE COURAGE TO CREATE IT

WE NEED YOU...
...AND THE RESOURCES TO INSTALL OUR SPRINKLER SYSTEM.
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Sharing is caring.  As much as I have mocked that little statement over the years, today I am relying on it to help our theatre company (yours and mine) to overcome the latest hurdle thrown into our path.  Here are two significant numbers that might be of some use:  4,443 and 33.  At last count, 4,443 is the number of Facebook people so far who have seen what I posted shortly after discovering that the law firm of Nakles and Nakles representing the Greater Latrobe School District had formally sued the Westmoreland County Board of Tax Assessment Appeals and our Cabaret Theatre.  (As you now know from that posting, GLSD wants our 501(c)(3) tax exempt theatre company to pay property taxes.)  The second number, 33, is the number of people who “shared” the posting.  4,443 and 33 were the numbers that popped into my mind when I was reflecting on our most recent meeting in our quest for the Community Block Grant funding we need to get our theatre up and running.
 
On Tuesday June 26, we met with Dottie Staffen (State Senator Kim Ward’s District Representative) and Jason Rigone & Janet Thomas from the County’s Community Development Division and Ann Powell (City Code Officer).    The take-away from the meeting was that, while access to government funds for our sprinkler system is possible, there is a time element involved in refining our  Business Plan and getting it approved by various entities, including the federal agency that allots the funding.  The process will further delay opening for an undetermined length of time—certainly longer than we ever anticipated.  It was not the outcome we expected, and I was dismayed.
 
It wasn’t the need for strict accountability that bothered me.  I fully understand that formal business plans, open bidding processes, and detailed applications are all necessary when dealing with taxpayer money.  What dismayed me is the time element involved.  If I were 36, I’m sure I wouldn’t be as concerned about time as I am now at age 73, soon to be 74. Those of us who are closer to the end than to the beginning have a real appreciation for the phrase “time is of the essence.”  Let me be frank.  I want to establish a theatre company that is dedicated to developing local talent, presenting professional-quality theatre productions of the finest plays from world dramatic literature, and doing it in an atmosphere that respects the art, the artist, and the audience.  Doing this will take time and the less time we take in getting the theatre open means more time to do our real work.  That’s what dismayed me and opened my eyes to the numbers 4,443 and 33.
 
Question:  While we are fulfilling the time-consuming tasks of applying for a Community Development Block Grant, is it possible to do enough fundraising to get our project started, so that we can use the Block Grant to complete it? 
Answer:  4,443 and 33.  The translation of those numbers is “yes.”  Here’s my proposition.
 
If I can convince half of the 4,443 people I reached with my last posting to contribute a little, the result would be a lot. And if I can convince half of the 4,443 to “share” the post with their Facebook friends, there’s no telling how big the “lot” would be.  It’s the “power of the penny,” so to speak. 
 
Check this out.  Half of 4,443 is 2221.5.  Let’s round to 2,222.  If we could convince those 2,222 people to contribute a little ($5, $10, $25), I’m betting we could have enough to pay for the first step, getting the required drawings done by our local Greensburg companies AFP, AFC, AFS (Approved Fire Protection, Advanced Fire Company, Advanced Fire Suppression).  The cost of generating these drawings is approximately $38,000.  I think we can do this.  And doing it will, I believe, activate the “bandwagon effect.”  You know what that is.  It’s what happens when a few courageous people get the wagon rolling—demonstrate that a project will be a success.  And the process of success is what entices other people to “jump on the bandwagon.” 
 
I believe that once we get this wagon rolling, there will be no stopping it.  I believe it, because my life experience has taught me never to  underestimate the power of people working together.  Rich or poor doesn’t matter all that much. What matters is the “working together” to get a job done.  Whether it’s a church festival, fireman’s fair, or save-the-playground campaign, you can bet that success always depends on “working together.”  That’s what gets positive results and that’s what I’m asking you to do—to pitch in together with us.  If we do, I’m certain that we WILL reach this goal, we WILL open The Cabaret Theatre, and each of us will be able to say with pride, “I helped that theatre get started.”
 
But what's in it for you?  What's the reward?  Of course, there’s the 501( c)(3) tax deduction, but we have something more for you and I think it’s much better than a handsome coffee mug or a shopping bag with our logo on it.  Here it is. 
 
CURTAIN TIME will be the Cabaret Theatre's version of PLAYBILL.  The program for the current show will be in the center section, but the outer shell will remain the same for  an entire  year.   If you look at the draft of the front page, you will see  the beginning of a string of names which will continue throughout CURTAIN TIME.  When we open, these will be names of all who have donated to us during this current drive as well  as the names of those who have previously donated to us in any other way.  The names will be listed alphabetically and not according to the size of the donation.  Every single person who comes to The Cabaret for a show will see the names of those donors who stepped up when we needed them to.  This "honor roll" program will run for at least one full year.  When that time has expired, these names will be engraved on a plaque that will be prominently displayed in our lobby.  Why?   Because these people who stepped forward when the need was greatest... will always be remembered and warmly cherished. 

 
 
 
 




























Well, that's my pitch.  Sharing is caring.  I would like to close by reminding everyone that this project is not about me; it is about my deep belief that the Arts (and in particular theatre arts) are absolutely essential to the general health of the individual and the community.  It is about my belief that it is important for us artists to hold a mirror up to society so that we can clearly demonstrate what a special gift it is to be a human being.  And it is about my belief that if enough people recognize the dignity of the individual, the world can change.  And that's what makes this a very worthwhile project. Local artists need a place to work and grow, and the communities we serve need to see and hear and experience what we have to say.
 
There are many ways to be a part of this project.  One is by sending your donation to: The Cabaret Theatre—101 C  J. Michaels Lane—Jeannette, PA 15644...another is to access GoFundMe.com and donate that way.  (GoFundMe link:  www.gofundme.com/q7btj3rk
 
Oh, and one last thing.  Please check the website (www.thecabarettheatre.com).  I've re-done the whole site and if you want a more detailed description of how The Cabaret Theatre will be different from just about every other theatre in the country, it's all there.  And besides, there are other fundraising opportunities outlined and you may want to spearhead one of them.  Take a peek.
 
                                                                             Thank you,
                                                                             John  
 
 
 
 
 
    

                                               


                                                                                  
 

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This is a sprinkler head.

We need 347 of them and

2,042 feet of steel pipe 
and

many aluminun fittings
and

bunches of other stuff 
to make us safe from...

fire!

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​YOUR
Center for the Arts

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and ourselves.

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Jeannette, Pa 15644

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Want to know WHY we want to do this?  Read on, Macduff!

Let's open  a theatre TOGETHER!
Is that insane, or what?  Are we mad to want to do this? Way, way out our minds?  And crazier yet, we want YOU to jump onto the band wagon with us?  What kind of crazy dream is that? Well...


"If you ain't got a dream, you ain't got nothing."  --MILL CREEK
                                                                                                   

​​Well...We've Got Something...

Yes...We've Got a Dream!

Is it Madness?
to start a theatre?
Are we mad to do this?
What about YOU?
Are you mad, too?
  

John Michael
JC

Is it madness to want to make the world a better place?  Or is it 
madness to accept the world  as it is and not strive to make it what it should be?  When Cervantes created  the character "Don Quixote", he knew the answer.  Watch Peter O'toole deliver it in  MGM's 1972 movie, Man of La Mancha.

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We believe in the power of theatre to change individuals, communities, and the world!  We believe that THE CABARET THEATRE can make that kind of powerful theatre in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, and the entire region.
​Be a part of it!

But why?  Why should you want to join us in this mad adventure to start a theatre?  Because good Theatre can make a difference. If it's very good theatre, it can make a very big difference.  Don't you want your life to have made a difference?  Good theatre reminds us of our tremendous potential as human beings.  "Oh, the things you can do that are good for you."  (Thank you, Dr. Seuss.)  We human beings have done some pretty amazing things...and some pretty shameful ones, too.  Theatre exists to remind us of that...to remind us of our mistakes and to inspire us to accomplish even more good.   Isn't that how we make the world a better place? That's the kind of difference the CABARET THEATRE wants to make.   We are going to produce VERY GOOD THEATRE.  And we're willing to bet we'll make a very big difference.  Let's adventure together!
                                                                                                                                                                        --John Carosella, Artistic Director 

OK...Exactly who is the WE we're talking about?


WE ARE...a group of theatre practitioners who are passionate about becoming better and better at our craft.  We are writers, directors, actors, designers, builders, electricians, decorators, singers, dancers, composers, choreographers, and technicians of every sort.  We are proud of our love for theatre and even prouder of the fact that we are able to produce professional-quality productions while making our living in other areas.​​














WHERE WE ARE...Currently we are nowhere and anywhere that we can mount a show.  For over a year we produced at The Latrobe Art Center in Latrobe, PA and before the end of this year, with your support, we hope to be producing in our own venue located at 227 Main Street In Latrobe PA.  Having a home...a place to be...allows us to concentrate more on making better theatre than on how we are going to fit a stage into an unsuitable room.  











WHY WE ARE...We exist because we believe in the transformative power of theatre.  We believe that for those who produce it and for those who experience it, theatre affects change.  Because of this, we believe it is our responsibility to produce the kind of plays that comment on what it means to be a human being.  We produce comedies, dramas, and musicals--contemporary and classic. We exist to hold a mirror up to ourselves and our audiences, so that we can make the world a better place...leave it somehow different because we lived.

If you think that's just too, too...pie in the sky, you're not alone.    Nobody really wrote the letter below, but we know that a lot of people would if they had a chance...and we would answer it if it ever came.  Check it out.​​

QUESTION: 
Dear Cabaret Theatre:  

      OK.  So I'm guessing all of this "be a part of it" stuff means that you want me to donate somehow.  You don't have to club me over the head with it.  I get it. But what I don't get is what's so special about this thing called "theatre" anyway?  Can't I just stay home and watch T.V.?  Doesn't that make a difference, too?

​                                                                                             -- Charlie Couch-Potato    



ANSWER:       

Dear Charlie Stay-at-Home: 

          Yes and No.  Yes, there's some really good stuff on T.V. these days, but you have to surf through nine  hundred forty two channels to find it.               (OK, I admit that's an exaggeration.)  But even the few very good programs can never   duplicate what happens inside a theater.   Theatre isn't "canned."          I mean you don't get the same show every time.               Every performance is different and the audience is a big part of making it different.  When YOU in the audience get involved in the story and laugh                      or cry              or get really quiet so you don't miss a word, the actors         FEEL that, and they get better and better. That can never happen with T.V.   And there's the suspense of being in an audience.   Will the tenor hit the high note?           Will the set fall down?  Will the  gun go off or the telephone ring          when  they're supposed to?   With theatre, there's a constant tension and it's exciting.    Theatre is...well, it's....    Look.  We found a video that says it pretty well.  But this time next   year  we'll have our own video on this site, but this one on YouTube is pretty good.  It's by a Canadian Theatre Company and yes, we got their permission to use it.  Click on it and see what you think. 
 --John Carosella, Artistic Director




 





















Charlie, the Stay-at-Home Potato

  Hello John
 
Thank you so much for writing and seeking permission to incorporate our YouTube video for your presentation. Of course you can use it, I would only ask that you attribute the video to Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, Canada, as you suggested.
 
The more people we can convey the power of theatre to, the better we will ALL be….

Cheers,
Dianne Goodman, Producer
Alberta Theatre Projects

 
 

Nice, huh?  And what's really nice is how most theatre companies go out of their way to help each other, as this one did to permit us to use the video.    They want to see us succeed, because they believe (as a very wise theatre man once told us when we began way back in 1979, "Good Theatre is good for theatre."   We intend to make very good theatre.  

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