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All performances of Cabaret are sold out.
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Darien Arts Center Stage, in collaboration with The Lipstick Project, is producing the first ever ALL FEMALE cast of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret

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Julie Thaxter-Gourlay as the Emcee in the production.
Photo by Kevin McNair Photography.    

April 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8 PM
April 29, May 6th at 2 PM

Director: Carin Zakes
Producer: Nova Hall
Musical DIrector: Dwayne Condon
Choreographer: Caitlin Roberts
Book: Masteroff, Music & Lyrics: Kander & Ebb

MC -  Juiie-Thaxter-Gourlay 
Cliff -  Abigail Henderson 
Sally - Rachel Schulte 
Fraulein Schneider - Betty McCready 
Herr Shultz - Marilyn Olsen 
Fraulein Kost - Megan Kellogg 
Ernst - Shelley Lepetich 

Kit Kat Dancers 
Claire Kenny
Christina Kompar 
Ashley Mondestin (Bobby) 
Kelly Nayden 
Sarah Sherwood 
Grace Simmons 
Hilary Webster 
Justine Weisinger (Victor) 

Dina Fleischman 
Susan Helms 
Angela Jackson (Max)
Holly Jespersen
Amy Rissolo 
Amy Wade 

(If you have a request to sit with someone at a performance, please email producer, Nova Hall at

Cabaret debuted on Broadway in March 1998 and had a successful six year run. It has had a revival, been made into a movie, and has been performed in community theaters all over the country. 

Cabaret takes place from 1929-1930, a time when Berlin, in the midst of a post-World War I economic depression, is transitioning from a center of underground, avant-garde cultural epicenter to the beginnings of Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the rise of the Nazi Party. Into this world enters Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer looking for inspiration for his next novel. On his first night in Berlin, Cliff wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and an utterly lost soul. Sally and Cliff begin a relationship, which blossoms unexpectedly into a dream-like romance. As time passes, however, the situation in Berlin changes from exciting and vital to ominous and violent; Ernst, Cliff’s first German friend, turns out to be an up-and-coming member of the Nazi Party, and Herr Schultz, a fellow boarder at Fraulein Schneider’s guest house), is the victim of an Anti-Semitic hate crime. With a distinctly Brechtian dose of provocation and a score featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical that pushes the boundaries of the form and literally holds “the mirror up to nature.”

Our partner, The Lipstick Project, is an all female acting troupe, hailing from Darien and surrounding towns.

We are happy to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal of $3100 through The Impact Vine for this production! 
Many thanks to The Impact Vine and our generous donors:

Ally and Eric Cormier 
Matt and Pat Gourlay 
Dana H. Fead
Cecil and Amy Wade 
Shelley Lepetich
Andrew Frank 
Hilary Docimo 
Pam Heckel 
Nova Hall 
Deborah Burke 
Amy Allen 
Raymond G. Michaud 
Matt B 
Alex and Denny 
Jodi Haven 
Susan and John Wilson 
Amy Rissolo 
Philip Hahn 
Jean Marie McCormick
Jenny and Victor Maso 
Susan Rauh
Uncle Jack Jasper
Lauren Gulliver
Alex Theo
Kelly Kilmer
Carin Zakes

Please contact us at (203) 655-8683 or email us at if you are interested in volunteering for upcoming DAC Stage productions.


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