The Cabaret Theatre, Inc.

Office Contact:
Phone: 724.527.7775
Email: jcabaret@comcast.net
Address: 101 C J Michaels Lane
              Jeannette PA 15644

a Pennsylvania Non-profit Corporation

Peformance Venue:
227 Main Street
​Latrobe , PA 15650

 Regional Entertainment Center

A Place to Belong

"...and the Cabbie goes to...."

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Thanks to all who supported The Night at the Races!  It was a good evening...a lot of fun!


​WELCOME!

WHO WE ARE...We are are 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 have produced at The Latrobe Art Center in Latrobe, PA and within the year we hope to be producing in our own venue located at 227 Main Street In Latrobe PA.
WHY WE ARE...We exist because we believe in the transformational power of theatre.  We believe that for those who produce it and for those who experience it, theatre affects change.  We believe that this change occurs because 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 musical--contemporary and classic.

"Life is a cabaret, old chum.  Come to the cabaret!"

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A YEAR IN REVIEW


KUDOS, KUDOS, KUDOS  to all who helped in any way to make  The Cabaret Theatre's first year in Latrobe a HUGE success!  We began in September with the delightful two-man one-act "We Never Made It Big" presented in the  Main Gallery of The Latrobe Art Center and we ended with  an hysterically funny production of the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  in the THIRD gallery of the Center.  In between was the center room and yes, we performed there as well.  FIVE one-acts, FIVE full-length plays, TWO musicals and ONE  teen production are the result of a lot of people doing a lot of work with a lot of cooperation from The Art Center.  Scroll through the website for  a remembrance of these  productions and be sure to check soon for our upcoming WEBSITE NOMINATIONS for the most memorable moments and performances of the year!  Coming Soon!

"They Never Made It Big"
"A Life's Work"
"Night Vision"
"Bang Bang You're Dead"
"Sometimes the Heart Sings"
Celibacy
ART
Man of La Mancha
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Miracle Worker
The Glass Menagerie
"Confessions of Lost Girls"
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

2015--2016  ONE-ACT PLAYS

ADELPHOI GIRLS PRODUCE

          

The girls--DENISE, JEN, JOE, KAYSHAE, MELISSA ANN, and TAY--developed the original script which was based on their personal experiences.  Under the direction of John Carosella (Cabaret) and Melissa Hoak (The Ketterer School) these six girls experienced first hand the power of theatre.  KUDOS, GIRLS.  A JOB WELL DONE!

On Novembe 3, six girls who are in residence at Adelphoi Village took to the Cabaret Theatre stage inside The Latrobe Art Center and presented "Confessions of Lost Girls."  They produced the script as well as the songs within the one-act, one-night-only presentation and the result was a powerful and emotionally moving expeience for the full-house audience.

THE CABARET THEATRE is very proud to be developing a partnership with the Ketterer School on the Adelphoi Village campus.  Both organizations believe in the the possibility of transforming individuals and communities.  "Confessions of Lost Girls" is tangible proof that transformations are, indeed, possible.

Night Vision

September

They Never Made It Big

October

NIGHT VISION is a play about the the qualities that hold a marriage together for nearly fifty years, as revealed in the loneliness that ensues after one of the couple passes.  Directed by Joe Milliren, this piece reaches directly into the heart of anyone who knows anything about the way that love always seems to place "the other" in the center of everything.  David Seremet and Kathleen O'Halloran  delivered a moving performance. 
​​The Cabaret Theatre pur-chased 227 Main Street on August 13, 2015. In September, David Seremet and John Carosella mounted "They Never Made It Big" at The Art Center.  Beautifully supported by the original songs composed and performed by Lauren Condon, the show was well received and, more importantly, itembodied the philosophy of the theatre company:  two old actors reveal why they chose to stay local and provide good theatre to their local community.

Lauren Condon...David Seremet...John Carosella

A Life's Work

November

It is the 1950's in Pittsburgh and the Conroy family has been displaced because the city is going to build a park where their longtime home has been. There is bitterness in the memory of how it was done and sweetness in the memories that made their house a home. A Life's Work pulls no punches.  In a brief span, the play explores which bonds hold a family together and which do not .  

        Bang Bang You're Dead

​Featuring Joel Basenbach as Josh
with
Maddy Kae Gressman, Addie Hildebrand
Bridget Malley, Christopher Robin
Justin Watts

October

Shirley
Ratner
Christopher
Robin
John
Carosella

Powerful Theatre!

Brilliantly written by William Mastrosimone, this little play explores what made the teenager Josh shoot his parents and five students who were in the cafeteria of his school.  It is a moving and thought-provoking piece of theatre!

Sometimes the Heart Sings

December

Mr. Donaldson is the town's curmudgeon and his grumpiness is legendary.  It seems futile to try to deliver him some "Christmas Spirit" by caroling outside his house, but forces beyond human control convince a young couple otherwise.  In the course of the play, everyone discovers that singing isn't always heard by everyone.  Sometimes only the heart hears the most special songs.  

Tobitha Sasso... Christopher Robin... Jennifer Woodling
Jerry Woodling... David Seremet... Music Director Aaron
Gray...Post Show Soloist, Javier Ferrer    
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Thanks to all the actors, directors, techies and musicians who made the  "One-Act Season" a success!

2015--2016 FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

By John Carosella

Fr. Jeremy #3 (Tom Sarp) at Latrobe Art Center

The Seton Hill ​Celibacy Set

Fr. Jeremy #2 (Nate Newell)
at Olde Main Theatre

Fr. Jeremy #1 (Mike Crosby) & Fr. Joe (David Seremet) at Seton Hill University

David Seremet

Celibacy is a work in progress.  Written by Artistic Director John Carosella, it provides a glimpse into the loneliness of the celibate lives of Catholic priests.  THE CABARET THEATRE is interested in producing new work as well as classic and contemporary theatre.

​JANUARY

The Crystal Ballroom Celibacy Set

Kaleb Yandrick as Yvan
David Seremet as Marc
Patrick Conner as Serge

By Yasmina Reza

What would you pay for a white painting?  Would it matter who the painter was?  Would it be art?

These 3 actors warmed up a very cold month when their arguments made sparks fly!

​F   E   B   R   U   A   R   Y

Ask these three excellent actors...or any actor, for that matter...about the value of a good stage manager and they will most probably answer in unison:  "PRICELESS."  'ART' boasted not only a Stage Manager but also an Assistant Stage Manager.  They worked the entire season, but we honor them here with one of the rare times we were able to get them to interrupt their work for a photo. Thank you, Cori and Krystal.​​

David Seremet

Kaleb Yandrick

Patrick Conner

Asst. Stage Manager
Krystal Modecki

Stage Manager
Cori Beredino

When we discovered approximately two weeks before the opening that we would not be performing on the "big" stage and instead would have to shrink our work to less than half the size, did it frighten us?  YES! Did we make the adjustment anyway and do the show in a space less than half the size?  In a way, we REACHED THE UNREACHABLE STAR!  

JUNE

Book by Dale Wasserman
Music by Mitch Leigh
​Lyrics by Joe Darion

The Set by John Michael

​Music Director Aaron Gray directing

Aldonza (Cindy Baltzer) and Muleteers

​Carolyn Jerz (praying) and Prisoners

Sancho (Ann Cruzan) & Don Quixote (David Seremet

JULY

Puck (Carolyn Jerz), Oberon (Dennis Jerz) and sleeping  Demetrius (Mitch Farrell)

​By William Shakespeare

SHAKESPEARE doesn't frighten us.  Nothing does.  If we feel we have the people to do a show well, we'll give it a shot! We believe that if we challenge ourselves with challenging material, we will get better at our craft! 

The "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set by John Michael

With some judicious cutting here and there, some spirited blocking, and a willing cast, this production turned out to be a dream in the most delightful way!

Pamela Lee
​as Annie Sullivan

A U G U S T

Carolyn Jerz
as Hellen Keller

Craig Soich
as Captain Keller

Katya Shaffer
as Kate Keller

Dolores Love
as Aunt Ev

Mr. Anagnos
and Blind Girls:
John Carosella
Jessica Evans
Sarah Barkley-Mastalski
Kaycie Miller
Mia Paluzzi
Tessa Paluzzi

​By William Gibson

Noah Telford
as James Keller

Will Beddick​
as Percy

Jennifer Woodling
as Viney

Natalie Estok
as Martha

Jerry Woodling
as Doctor/Handyman

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt within the heart."
--Helen Keller

Was there enough space to do the show?

How can we do the fire escape?

Do we need a special permit to burn candles?

Will the audience react to cigarette smoke?

Will anyone come to see the show?


October

When serious questions arise with respect to mounting a show, only a competent and creative company can meet the challenge.  Directed by David Seremet, the cast and crew created a beautiful production.  Kudos to them for making it work and providing our audience with a strong production of this American classic.


The Glass Menagerie

​by Tennessee Williams

​Set by John Michael

Luke Chamberlain as Tom...Margie Griffin Hillebrecht as Amanda...Becky Ziegler Shirey as Laura ...Noah Telford as Jim O'Connor

N  O  V  E  M  B  E  R

Jacob Lubic

Morgan Hartley

Reed Demangone

Brian Jinks

Addy Hildebrand

Rachel Nicely

Peggy Bryan

Jim Mikula

​Aaron Gray

A FIVE-STAR
PRODUCTION

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