Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! A brilliant and daring musical set in the strange playground of 1931 Berlin, where the seedy Kit Kat Club reveals a tale of love in the ruins, of hope and ultimately of loss. Cabaret features unforgettable characters and musical numbers that are both cheeky and chilling. A theatrical experience not to be missed, Cabaret won eight Tony Awards for its original production, four more for a subsequent revival and was adapted into a major motion picture which won eight Academy Awards. Life is a Cabaret, old chums – come to the Cabaret!
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John van Druten
Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Co-directed & Choreographed by Rob Marshall
Directed by Sam Mendes
Audience advisory – mature content
Willkommen, Bienvenue and Welcome to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and our production of Cabaret. As with every production here, we strive to provide an evening of great entertainment. Perhaps with Cabaretyou will be in store for a bit more. It is a brilliantly constructed book, full of laughs, silly bits, naughty bits, but also be prepared for an emotional journey. The underbelly of one of mankind’s darkest times is featured in Cabaret. It had huge Tony-winning success on Broadway in 1966 and again in 1987, was revived on Broadway in 1998, and is playing there again in present day. This show famously holds no punches in its depiction of pre World War II Germany, and is infamous because of it. We have the great pleasure of bringing back Mayfield Directing favourite Ron Ulrich to lead this production. Ron was the Artistic Director at the Mayfield (in the last century, as I remind him) and when he left to go to Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Cabaret was his first production there. I had the pleasure to go out and do that show with him and it has always been in my mind to bring this amazing show to the Mayfield stage. Here we are,15 years later along, with the three leads from that production, Pamela Gordon, Christian Goutsis and Nicola Lipman, leading an uber talented cast to tell this amazing story. “Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you (and don’t be afraid to give her back when you are finished with her)….Cabaret.”
I am currently Artistic Director of Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton Ontario. Through the course of my career, I’ve been Artistic Director of Neptune Theater in Halifax, Executive Director of the Mayfield Dinner Theater, Artistic Director of Stage West, Artistic Director of Huron Country Playhouse, and Artistic Director of the Muskoka Festival. Among the favourite shows I’ve directed here at this theatre are Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Tuesdays with Morrie starring Jamie Farr, Driving Miss Daisy with Michael Learned, The Foreigner with Gary Sandy, Double Act with George Segal, The Rocky Horror Show, The Last Night of Ballyhoo with Joyce DeWitt…oh, heck, the list goes on and on. But one of the great joys is still coming back here to the Mayfield. This is a terrific theater that does terrific work and I love being a part of it.
Thank you to Marty, family, friends, Van, Ron, the teams at Mayfield and Theatre Aquarius, Talent House, this wonderful cast and crew and to the Universe for the gifts of abundance. Create your life. Follow Jeff Dimitriou on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. www.jdxentertainment.com
Christine last appeared on the Mayfield stage in Top Of The Pops – A British Invasion and has appeared in many other shows here including Chicago, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, Hair, Gypsy and Jesus Christ Superstar. Other favorite performing credits include Rent (Mirvish and US National Tour), Oliver, West Side Story and Cabaret (Citadel Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar and Victor, Victoria! (Stage West Calgary), The Merry Widow (Opera Ontario), Damn Yankees (Drayton Festival) and Featherland (One Yellow Rabbit). Choreography credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (Citadel Theatre), It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s Superman! (Plain Jane Theatre), Hello…hello (Kill Your Television), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Neptune Theatre), Rent (Montreal, Mexico City and Barcelona) as well as sixteen productions here at the Mayfield. Thanks for supporting live theatre in Canada and thanks to my glorious family and friends for supporting me.
Naomi is thrilled to be making her Edmonton theatre debut at The Mayfield. She has performed in 7 seasons at the Stratford Festival in over 14 shows, most recently as Ann Reilly in 42nd Street and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance. Other favourites include Janet Van de Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC and Theatre Calgary), Mary Poppins (u/s), Brooke in Legally Blonde, Roxie in Chicago and Cassandra in Cats (Neptune), Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph, Mandy in Shady Business, Ursula in Sweet Charity, and Norma in Victor Victoria (Stage West). Naomi is excited to revisit this classic show having played Rosie at Stratford and Sally Bowles at the Segal Centre. Recent TNB premiers include David Adams Richards’ play Beaverbrook and the beautiful new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol (Assoc. Dir/ Choreographer) written by Michael Doherty and Caleb Marshall.
Theatre (Selected): Sherlock Holmes (Royal MTC), Having Hope At Home (Neptune), Cabaret, The Mousetrap, Legally Blonde, Full Monty (Aquarius), Spamalot, Peter Pan, Run For Your Wife (Drayton), Lies My Father Told Me (Segal), Visiting Mr Green (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Altar Boyz (Toronto Premiere – Angelwalk), Wild Guys, A Christmas Carol, The Secret Garden (Grand Theatre), I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (Showboat Festival), three seasons at Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Chalmers Apprenticeship Award). Film/TV: Canadian Made (History), Caesar and Cleopatra (CTV/Bravo), Goosebumps (YTV). Training: Ryerson (BFA With Honours), Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training (Stratford). Aidan is thrilled to be making his debut at the Mayfield and would like to thank his awesome parents, family, friends and Billy.
Mayfield Theatre: Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion, History of Rock ‘n Roll: Stars & Stripes, Chicago, The British Invasion, Rockin’ Vegas, Country, Rock and a Whole Lotta Soul, 2000 – A Rock and Roll Odyssey, Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Rock and Roll Reunion and Hair. Other Theatre: Citadel Theatre; Oliver, West Side Story, Grease, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors; Theatre Aquarius; Legally Blonde, Top of the Pops; Neptune Theatre; CATS, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret; Theatre Calgary; West Side Story; Jubilations Dinner Theatre; Pirates of the North Saskatchewan III; Norwegian Cruise Lines. Film/T.V.: Halo (2005 release), voice work for the X-box video game Jade Empire. Et Cetera: Pamela is a Sterling award nominee and recipient. Pamela would like to dedicate these performances to her husband and co-worker Brad, and to her very supportive group of friends and family. Have a great time tonight and enjoy the show!!!
Christian is happy to be back at the Mayfield working on this great play, with great people. Over the past 22 years, Christian has worked across Canada, the US, and abroad as an Actor, Director, Dsigner, and Teacher. Previous Mayfield shows include; Top of the Pops, The British Invasion, 2000: A Rock ‘n Roll Odyssey, Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes, Discovering Elvis. Selected Acting credits elsewhere include: Charlotte’s Web, Drama: Pilot Episode, The Romeo Initiative, Heartbreaker, The Clockmaker, Amadeus, The Boys own Jedi Handbook, Strawberries in January, Pageant, The Drawer Boy, A Guide to Mourning, Grace, The Heart as it Lived, Tolstoy’s Wife (ATP); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wars, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, Counsellor-at-Law, Dangerous Corner, Candida (Theatre Calgary); The Ends of the Earth, Vintage Hitchcock, The Woman in Black, The Mousetrap, Murder on the Nile, Wait until Dark (Vertigo Theatre); The Clockmaker (Tarragon Theatre); The Producers, Master Harold and the Boys, Cabaret (Neptune Theatre); Grease, Richard III, The Music Man (Citadel Theatre); Two Weeks with the Queen (Globe Theatre); Kung-Fu Panties, Evil Dead: The Musical, Little Mercies First Murder, John Doe; Jack Rabbit, Pervert, The Jedi Trilogy (Ground Zero Theatre); Anything That Moves (Belfry Theatre); Avenue Q (Stage West); Speed Dating for Sperm Donors, The Surrogate, Life After Hockey, Dad’s in Bondage (Lunchbox Theatre); Mesa UK Tour 2006, 2008 (Ghost River Theatre); Touch Me (Forte Musical Theatre); Equivocation, Hamlet (The Shakespeare Company). AWARDS: Three Betty Mitchell Awards, Two Calgary Critic Awards, One Anvil Award.
Making his way up from Calgary, Alberta, Danny is thrilled to be making his debut performance with The Mayfield Dinner Theatre. He has spent much of the last seven years touring Western Canada in different productions with Jubilations Dinner Theatre. Before turning his love of acting into a full-time career, Danny traveled the world as a member of Team Canada claiming national recognition in the world of trampoline and tumbling. Now retired from competition, Danny trains recreationally in circus arts and acrobatics. He would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting the dream! Enjoy the show!
Jeff is in his eighth season as Teatro La Quindicina’s Artistic Producer. Recent appearances include Happy Toes, Lucy and Mr. Plate, which he also co-wrote, Eros and the Itchy Ant, Cause and Effect, Witness to a Conga, and The Exquisite Hour. Jeff is a five-time Sterling Award Winner for acting, most recently for Witness to a Conga. He’s a core company member of the live, improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, which plays every Monday night through the end of May. He is also the Director of programming at Teatro and Die-Nasty’s home, The Varscona Theatre, where he and his colleagues are in the middle of a long awaited multi-million dollar rebuild. Jeff is thrilled to work with Ron Ulrich again, having started out with Ron in The Rocky Horror Show back in ’87. He has appeared a number of times at the Mayfield since, some favourites being Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Dial M for Murder. He is a self-confessed musical theatre junkie.
Cheryl is thrilled to be performing at the Mayfield, in one of her bucket list shows, and with such a talented group of artists! Favourite credits include: Her Mark, The Best Little Newfoundland Xmas Pageant…Ever! (Whizgiggling Productions); The 4th Graders Present; An Un-named Love Suicide (NLT) – Sterling Award; Marked (Awesome Handsome Pressure); World’s Wife (Irmengarde Productions). She would like to thank her sisters for the years of laughter, her Dad for coming to all her dance shows for the past 30 years and Justin, Taj and Trinity for their incredible love and nightly dance parties. She would like to dedicate this show to her Mom, who surely has the best seat in the house.
Shelley is thrilled to be making her Mayfield Theatre debut in Cabaret. Performance credits include: Semele (BAM/COC), Return to Grace (Mirvish/RGA), Mary Poppins (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Dance Legends (Grand Theatre), Tales of Hoffmann (Canadian Opera Company), Cats (Rainbow Stage), Happy Days (Stage West), Scrooge The Musical, Broadway Gold 1 & II (Rose Theatre), Encore (Tokyo Disney), Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines, Canadian Forces Show Tour (Alert). Film/TV highlights: Reign (CBS), Warehouse 13 (Syfy), MMVA’s (Psy), Give Me The Music (Eva Avila), City TV NY’s Bash (Suzy McNeil). Shelley is proud to share her talent and love for the arts as a dance educator and choreographer. Thanks to her amazing family, friends and The Talent House, for their support. Upcoming: Singing In The Rain (Capitol Theatre).
Recent selected credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Les Mis, Boeing Boeing (Jessie award), High Society, Another Home Invasion, and Black Comedy (Jessie award) for Arts Club; Let Me Call You Sweetheart at the Belfry Theatre; All The Way Home with Electric Company (Jessie award); No Great Mischief, Scorched, Humble Boy, and Simple (Dora) at Tarragon; December Man, a Citadel/Canadian Stage/Centaur co-pro; and Doubt for Theatre Aquarius. Also various other theatres include ATP, Theatre Calgary, Globe, National Arts Centre, Mulgrave Rd, MTC, and Neptune. Niki is a graduate of UBC and the National Theatre School of Canada.
Lindsi can’t be more excited as this is her first time performing with the Mayfield!
Starting dance at a very young age, Lindsi has taken her talent and built it into a career. She has trained locally, in Los Angeles, and in Calgary and loves all the styles she learned. Her incredible training has shaped her into the dancer she is today. When in Alberta Lindsi teaches dance and choreographs for many dance studios and schools. She also performs as an independent artist and has performed for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Boonstock Music Festival, Heineken Promotions, Avicii, Borgore, and Bro Safari. Lindsi works as a freelance guest teacher, adjudicator and choreographer. When not working on stage or in the studio Lindsi enjoys music, travel, fashion, and snowboarding! She has a great appreciation for all forms of art, and would like to thank her family for all of their support.
Brian has appeared in, written or directed over 250 productions in Canada and the U.S., from Alaska with Les Miserables (part of the National Tour) to the Charlottetown Festival (11 Seasons), The Stratford Festival (4 seasons) and to Broadway (for Director Hal Prince). He has appeared in virtually every theatre in Canada and many in the United States. He was twice nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and twice for an ACTRA Award for his work in television, winning it once for Best Variety Performance. Brian has been a guest artist with 8 Canadian Symphonies including Toronto’s. He is a former associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax and the Artistic Director of Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, and founding and Artistic Director of the Carousel Playhouse in Sarnia, Ontario.
Lucas is thrilled to be back in his home province to be a part of Cabaret. Select credits include: Mary Poppins, Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius), Vigilante, The Wizard of Oz (Citadel), Jack in Into the Woods, Mowgli in The Jungle Book (Neptune Theatre), 9 to 5, Rolf in The Sound of Music (Drayton Entertainment), 9 to 5 (Mayfield), Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre), Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (TNB), West Side Story (TSJ), The Sound of Music (Persephone), Canada in Love (Smile Theatre). Film/TV: Boy-band leader Danny T. in Odd Squad (PBS/TVO), Warehouse 13 (SyFy). Huge love and shout out to Ron, Van, Jeff, Bruce, TalentHouse, Mom, Dad, and Aaron. Enjoy!
For the Mayfield: Penny in Hairspray, 9 to 5: The Musical, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Wedding Singer, The Super Groovy 70’s, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, Footloose, The Golden Age of Rock, Pop & Doo Wop, and The Golden Age Rocks On. Elsewhere: Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Stage West); Emmy in Jailbait and Victoria in Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen, The Oedipus Project (Northern Light Theatre); Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The Innocence and The Porterettes in: Find Me A Primitive Man (Leave It To Jane); Alice in Drat The Cat! and Little Fish (Plain Janes); and Les Feux Follets (The Charlottetown Festival).
Chelsea is thrilled to be working with such an amazing cast, crew and creative team on her fourth show with the Mayﬁeld. Selected theatre credits include: Spamalot (Citadel Theatre), One Touch Of Venus (All Star Productions, Off-West End), Hairspray, Chicago and The Wedding Singer (Mayﬁeld Dinner Theatre), and Bells Are Ringing (Plain Jane Theatre Company). Selected performer/choreographer credits include: The Hoof and Mouth Advantage (Teatro La Quindicina), Friends of the Forties (Kaybridge Productions, co-choreographer) and Letters and Words (Synaethesis Dance Theatre, associate choreographer). Chelsea is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts Program. She is originally from Vancouver Island where she studied at the Parksville Ballet School and then continued her training on the mainland at the Richmond Academy of Dance. Love and thanks to her incredible family!
Benjamin is thrilled to be returning to the Mayfield! Benjamin’s past credits include: Andrew and Andrea, Mavra and La Tragedie de Carmen (Assistant Director – LTO), Gideon Glumb in The Soul Collector (Catalyst Theatre). Paul in That Summer (Theatre Northwest), Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and James and The Giant Peach (ProjectX), Chicago (Mayfield), Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Footlight) Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, Barefoot in the Park, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (RRT), Bobby Child in Crazy for You, Odysseus in The Odyssey, (CCPA). Thank you Ron, Jeff and Van, the Cast and Crew, Family, Friends and LN. Follow the antics! @wardlally
Brad is excited to be returning to the Mayfield to work on such an incredible show! His most recent appearances here on our stage were as a variety of artists in Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion, as ‘young Elvis’ and a mix of other artists in The History of Rock n Roll: Stars & Stripes and as Dwayne (Dolly’s Husband) in 9 to 5. You may also have seen him in Ghostbusted or as Captain Nobeard in Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 3 at Jubilations Dinner Theatre. Other recent credits include Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius) and if you happened to be in Europe, S.E. Asia or the Middle East in the last decade you may’ve seen him perform with his band Earthbeat. Brad would like to thank his family and lovely wife Pamela for their support, enjoy the show!
One of the most respected and in-demand drummers in Western Canada, Stephen performs and records with numerous national and international artists. Known for his versatility and keen musicianship, Stephen is looking forward to performing again with the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.
Multi-instrumentalist Paul Lamoureux was born here in Edmonton. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music from North Texas State University, and a diploma in Performing Arts from Grant MacEwan College. Paul has performed with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas (“O” at the Bellagio), and the Tommy Banks Band. Mayfield Dinner Theatre productions include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Full Monty, The Wedding Singer, 9 to 5: The Musical, Hairspray, Folkswaggin’ and Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion. He has backed up Robert Goulet, Mickey Rooney, Red Skelton, and toured with Grammy-nominated Christian rock acts Degarmo and Key and DC Talk. Fluently bilingual, Paul was Musical Director of CBC French radio’s Gala Albertain de la Chanson for 8 years and was Musical Director for Theatre Francais de Toronto’s musical retrospective Et si on chantait… in 2008. Paul has recorded 4 CDs of his own pop/jazz music on his own label. When not working in theatre, Paul travels the world as a musician with Princess Cruises, playing saxophone, woodwinds, piano, and piano/vocal.
Lisa’s music has taken her around the world with such greats as Rita MacNeil, Roger Whittaker, and Molly Johnson, to name a few. With a busy touring schedule, Lisa considers herself truly fortunate. Selected theatre credits include Le Cage Aux Folles, Elf, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Flying On Her Own, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Annie, Chicago, The Sound of Music, Evita, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast and most recently Mary Poppins (Neptune Theatre, Halifax); Nashville Icons, Super Groovy 70′s parts 1 & 2, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, History of Rock ‘n Roll, Folkswaggin’: Music of the People and Top of the Pops (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). Lisa is happy to be back in Edmonton and is currently working on a new solo album. Enjoy the show!
Jennifer is thrilled to be back for her 9th Mayfield show. Past shows include WEDlocked, Dark Star: The Life and Times of Roy Orbison, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, Four Lad Who Shook the World – The Beatles Story Part 2, 9 to 5: The Musical and Hairspray. Jen is a graduate of the Music Composition and Piano Performance programs at MacEwan University. As an accompanist, she has played for the Kokopelli Association, the Citadel, MacEwan University, numerous high schools, and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. She frequently collaborates with Bridget Ryan on various cabarets and theatre shows. As a vocalist, Jen has lent her talents to Kokopelli, Òran and ‘Nuf Sed from Edmonton. She was a guest soprano with the internationally renowned a cappella group Sixth Wave, from Los Angeles. She sings for various vocal jazz and choral publishing demos, has been a featured recording vocalist for Universal Studios Tokyo and has been heard on CBS’s hit television drama: Hawaii Five-0. She has recently moved permanently back to Edmonton after living part time in Los Angeles and enjoys life with her husband and brand new baby girl.
Derek grew up in a musical family and learned piano from his mother. He also learned fiddle, mandolin and guitar from his father. He studied bass and banjo on his own and started gigging in venues as a bassist with his father when he was 14 years old. He moved to Alberta when he was 18, leaving his Manitoba farming roots behind, and began a musical career playing mostly the electric bass. He wanted to learn ‘what those smart guys knew’ so he enrolled in the GMCC Jazz program in 1990 and learned to read the ‘little black dots’. For more than a decade now he has been employed at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre playing musical revues and Broadway musicals. He also has a home studio where he teaches, writes, records and produces and plays as many of the instruments as he can on the recordings. I know, I know…yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah – boring but true! He loves and respects the music of Cabaret and is grateful and honoured to play this show and work with a bunch of old and new friends. He dedicates this show and it’s funds to his girls Pam, Emily and Ashley. Derek is always delighted by the opportunity to write about himself in the third person.
Excerpt from Mark Miller’s “The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada”: “Born in Calgary, Bob Tildesley played in R & B bands there before moving to Edmonton at age 20 where he quickly emerged as the city’s leading jazz trumpeter – and indeed one of Canada’s finest – through his work in the late 1970’s with pianists Tommy Banks and Bill Emes and saxophonist P.J. Perry, all associations that would continue into the 1990’s. An expressive soloist, particularly skilled with mutes, Tildesley showed himself to be as adept playing bebop with Perry on the LP Sessions and the CD Quintet as handling blues and swing on two CD’s recorded in Edmonton by the legendary Kansas City pianist Jay McShann, Hootie’s Jumpin’ Blues and Still Jumpin’ the Blues.” He has played several shows for the Mayfield Dinner Theatre including War Brides, Wizard of Oz, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Chicago. Bob is thrilled to be part of the orchestra for Cabaret.