A Cabaret Showcase
Supervised by: Dr. Arthur J. Beer
April 12, 13, 19, 20, at 8:00 p.m.
April 14, 21, at 2:00 p.m.
SURPRISE APPEARANCES AND ALUMNI HEADLINE UDM’S CABARET SHOWCASE
DETROIT, MI- The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company may not have a theatre of its own, but it has an asset even more significant: the devotion of its many talented alumni. This devotion has transpired into a unique cabaret showcase that will close the company’s 42nd season. The Theatre Company will transform the Grounds Coffeehaus in the student union building on the UDM McNichols campus into an intimate 140-seat performance space featuring A Cabaret Showcase. Running April 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m. and April 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m., A Cabaret Showcase will feature successful Theatre Company alumni who will perform in musical numbers, short plays, monologues and Improv comedy.
“It will be a different show every night, with fresh surprises and some of the most exciting talent from our 42 year history” says Dr. Arthur J. Beer, who is supervising the event. Award-winning surprise guests are flying in from New York City and Los Angeles to perform and remind us of the great things the Theatre Company has produced over the years.
The idea for A Cabaret Showcase began to develop during the Theatre Company 40th anniversary celebration as faculty and alumni revisited the company’s history. These conversations have come to serve as the inspiration for an evening of entertainment that features the work of alumni along side of current students in the program.
A Cabaret Showcase will feature local alumni including Greg Trzaskoma who has nine feature films on his resume. Local favorite and Six time Best Actress Awardee Mary Bremer will be among the performers as well as Mary Callaghan Lynch, founder of the Michigan Lyric Opera and Opera on Wheels. Harry Wetzel and Eric Maher both with directorial and design credits as well as full time jobs as technical directors will return to their acting roots to perform at our Cabaret.
Our list of performers also includes James Mio, Conor Draves. Drew Parker, Dax Anderson, Patrick Cronin and Ryan Carlson. Also performing is Karen Kron, Robin Lipnicki Mewha, Sarah Mertz Galloway, Maggie Wysocki, Yasmine Jaffri and Mary Vinette.
And there is more! Not only will the graduating seniors of the program show off their talents but there will be surprise video appearances from current Broadway and Hollywood performers! You won’t want to miss this Cabaret Showcase! Each performance will be similar in material but we promise to have a few surprises along the way.
Supervised by Dr. Arthur J. Beer, A Cabaret Showcase’s production team is rounded out by Stage Manager Mathew Lira, Scenic Designer and Production Manager Melinda Pacha, Technical Director Rudy Schupebach, Director of Marketing and Management Greg Grobis and Box Office Manager Lisa Rybak.
Patrons attending A Cabaret Showcase are encouraged to enter the University of Detroit Mercy campus via the Livernois entrance. Once through security, patrons should turn left, follow signage and park in faculty and staff Lot A. Follow signs to the entrance of Grounds Coffeehaus in the Student Union Building.
Individual ticket sales are now on sale. Admission is $20 for adults and $17 for Seniors, Donors, Alumni, Detroit Residents and UDM and Marygrove Faculty and Staff. Student individual tickets are $10. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more by contact Lisa Rybak at 313-993-3270.
The UDM Theatre Company’s box office on non-performance days is located in Reno Hall room 43 on the University of Detroit Mercy campus (4001 W McNichols Rd, 48221). Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. On performance days the box office will open 60 minutes prior to curtain at the Grounds Coffeehaus (4001 W. McNichols Rd, 48221 – Use Livernois entrance). To subscribe, or for more information, call the theatre box office at (313) 993-3270, or reserve tickets online at theatre.udmercy.edu.
Special events with A Cabaret Showcase:
Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. – Opening Night
Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. - Alumni Afterglow: Held immediately following the performance in the Student Union Building. Food and drinks are provided through our generous sponsors. Connect with UDM Alumni Donors and Theatregoers. Everyone is welcome!
Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. - Talkback: A talkback is a post-show discussion where the audience meets with members of the artistic staff and cast. This is a chance to ask any questions about the show or artistic process and gain more insight into the author’s work. Everyone is welcome!
Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can
Saturday, April 20 @ 8 p.m. Livernois Corridor Community Night: Created to bring together neighbors in the Livernois Corridor. Following the performance the audience is invited to mingle at the 1917 American Bistro on Livernois Ave. Jazz music, hors d’oeuvres and discount drink specials will provide a great after party! Everyone is welcome!
A Cabaret Showcase will run in the Grounds Café in the lower level of the UDM Student Center Building.