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Latrobe, PA 15650


The Cabaret Theatre sends condolences to the family of Liz Jacobsen.  

Liz and I first met when we were both seniors in college.  She was at Seton Hill and I was at Saint Vincent.  We met at the auditions for KISMET, and we were both cast:  she played Marsinah and I played her father Hajj.  It was a good production.  After college, as often happens, there was a long gap of time when we were not in touch.  When she returned to the area not so long ago, she called and we had lunch and caught up on our lives.  It was a long lunch.  Not long after, she appeared at general auditions for our first show, MAN OF LA MANCHA.  As if to honor our friendship, she sang "And This Is My Beloved" from KISMET.  She got the role of "the housekeeper" and she did very well in it.  Her passing comes as a surprise to me, and a reminder that life is short and should be lived as fully as we can.  She did.  

You were a joyful singer, Liz...and now...may the angels sing you into Paradise.

                                                                                                                                --John J. Carosella, Artistic Director

The following is the obituary published in The Tribune Review—February 18, 2018.  

Elizabeth "Liz" Susan Jacobsen, 69, of Greensburg, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, while undergoing treatment for leukemia at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh. Elizabeth was born Nov. 18, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio, the first born child of William and Madeline (Gallagher) Koeth.

At an early age, the family moved to Lorain, Ohio, where Liz grew up with her brother and two sisters. Liz graduated from Lorain Catholic High School, received her bachelor's degree from Seton Hill in Greensburg, and her master's degree from Governor State University in Illinois. Elizabeth excelled at two careers. First as a computer programmer and systems analyst, where she went on to establish herself as an excellent instructor in computer languages, eventually incorporating under her own company, ThinkTronics Inc.

Later in life, after receiving her master's degree, she taught high school math and then moved on to teaching computer science and math at Joliet Junior College in Illinois, College of DuPage in Illinois, Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., Westmoreland Community College and, for the last couple of years prior to retirement, she taught at her alma mater, Seton Hill. She was proud and honored to be invited back to teach at Seton Hill.

In addition to her career outside of the home, she was an accomplished musician and vocalist. She was a pianist and organist who had accompanied and cantered Mass since she was in high school. Liz was a member of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and, up until she recently got sick, she continued as a choir member and cantor at the cathedral. Liz was a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, giving freely of her time as the spiritual advisor for the Blessed Sacrament Conference, as well as working at many of the volunteer events, including the monthly food pantry at Our Lady of Grace Church.

At an early age, Liz taught herself to sew, knit and crochet. Many of her family members and friends are the proud recipients of a blanket, sweater or quilted purse made especially for them by Liz. When she would paint a room a new color, instead of buying new furniture in a color to match, she would find material of the correct color and make a slip cover for that furniture. Liz loved to decorate for Christmas and open her home to family and friends for the holiday.

Liz met her husband, Tom, in November 1979, while they were living next to each other in Harrisburg. They married in November 1980 and, throughout the past 36 years of marriage, have remained the proud parents of three wonderful young men. Nathaniel, of Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan, of Greensburg, and Adam, of Greensburg. When asked why she agreed to marry Tom, she always said he was different from other men she dated, he had a job. When you ask Tom why he pursued Liz, he will tell you he used to catch her looking out her window every time he drove up in his Corvette.

Liz was preceded in death by a young son from a previous marriage, Jamison Zubrick; and by her brother, Dennis Koeth.

Liz is survived by her husband, Tom; her three sons, Nathaniel, Ryan and Adam; her parents, Bill and Madeline Koeth, of Lorain, Ohio; a sister, Judy (Sam) Robles, of Lorain, Ohio; and a sister, Jennifer Koeth, of Lorain, Ohio; as well many nieces and nephews. Liz and Tom really expected to grow much older together, but it is clear that God had other plans.

Her presence here on Earth is truly missed by many. Yet, we who miss her know that she is at rest in the grace of God and happy to be reunited with her son, Jamie and her brother, Dennis....

In remembrance of Elizabeth Jacobsen, those who wish to make contributions may do so to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Blessed Sacrament Conference, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, 300 N Main St., Greensburg, PA 15601. For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.

Cabaret Theatre Seeking "Chairperson or people"

We know there are some great "planners" out there, and we could really use a few right now.  Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising...they tell me that fundraising can be FUNraising as well, if it's done properly.  Are YOU the one to provide some FUN while raising some FUNDS?

Anyone want to take over planning a KARAOKE NIGHT?  We have two very capable people to DJ(?) the event (Jen and Jerry Woodling), but we need an organized planner to do the groundwork and work out the when-where-how details! 

Anyone interested?  Call JC at 724-527-7775 or email jcabaret@comcast.net

The Cabaret Theatre 
Neighborhood Arts Troupe

Homeschoolers invited to join Latrobe-based theater troupe
The Latrobe-based Cabaret Theatre recently joined with a group of homeschooled students and their families to create an affiliated theater organization called the Neighborhood Arts Troupe.

The troupe is now inviting other area homeschoolers in grades K-12 to participate in a spring semester of weekly classes that will culminate in May performances of “Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

Classes are from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Tuesdays in the Latrobe United Methodist Church, 440 Main St. Performances are planned for May 18 and 19 in the church, according to organizer Jennifer D'Souza of Murrysville.

The classes include acting, singing and dancing. Fee for the semester is $200 per child, with a discount for families enrolling more than one child.

There is no geographic restriction on membership, D'Souza says. While most students are from Westmoreland County, one family travels from Punxsutawney.
Plans are for yearly spring and semester classes.

D'Souza says that she and Kathleen Essig of Ligonier came up with the idea for the theater group as a means of providing their homeschooled children and others with practical theater experience to increase self-esteem and self-confidence.

The inaugural fall 2017 class included 18 students who in December performed “The Stranger,” an original Christmas play by John Carosella , founder and artistic director of the Cabaret Theatre.

Following the production, D'Souza and Essig approached Carosella and John Horanic, Cabaret Theatre's chief financial officer, with a proposal to be incorporated within the theatre's structure. Carosella and Horanic agreed as long as D'Souza and Essig continued as producers for the troupe and to conduct its business.

Carosella will teach the classes and direct the May production, along with vocal instructor Cindy Baltzer and choreographer Nicole Paluzzi, who also were involved in the fall classes and December production.

“We wanted to come up with a program where everyone's time was used well and effectively in a safe but fun environment,” D'Souza says. “John is just as enthusiastic as the kids, but so professional as a teacher and a director. He senses when they have more to give and gently but firmly draws it out of them.”

For information or class registration, contact D'Souza at 724-448-0765 or kell.jt@gmail.com, or Essig at 724-995-8264 or celticquad@comcast.net.

(article reprinted from The Tribune Review.)

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

From the Artistic Director

Dear Homeschoolers...

     Your faith in the kind of theatre training we can offer is much appreciated and it is an honor now to have you as an official part of The Cabaret Theatre.  Working with you, I can see that each one of you is striving to your absolute best when it comes to a production and that attitude fits in perfectly with the Cabaret philosophy.  I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with you.

                                                                                                                      John Carosella, Artistic Director