Andy Pratt plays the piano and sings with Matt Stoddard during a rehearsal for Cabaret.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Andy Pratt plays the piano and sings with Matt Stoddard during a rehearsal for Cabaret.

'Professional' parodies

Cabaret celebrates 25 years of making jokes at 'Boat's expense

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Cabaret, presented by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

  • Thursday, May 15, 2008, 7 p.m.
  • Steamboat Mountain Theater, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $55

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Tickets to the 25th anniversary of Cabaret sold out in nine days. That's 1,000 seats for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's annual sketch comedy fundraiser at the Steamboat Mountain Theater, gone in just more than a week.

"Comedy is a hot ticket in this town, and that's no joke," said Michael David, who will co-host the show with Steamboat Mountain Theater owner Kelly Anzalone. The show's popularity comes from the comedic prowess of those involved, David said.

"In the last 10 years with a core group of about 15 people, comedy in this town has been elevated to an almost professional level - OK, a professional level," he said. He gives partial credit to Anzalone, who will close the doors on his Ski Time Square venue after the Cabaret curtain drops on Saturday, May 17.

"Kelly's absolutely one of the funniest people I've ever met in my life. When he gets on a role, there's no stopping him, and that's the truth," David said. Along with David and Anzalone, a cast of Cabaret regulars shared their thoughts - and the perspectives of their characters in this year's show - on life in Steamboat, and the show that makes fun of it.

Cast interviews

Gina Wither

Appearing as Babe, performing in the "Tango Steamboat" and acting as a historical figure:

1. Describe your character in 50 words or less.

Voluptuous showgirl.

2. What is your favorite Cabaret memory?

The melodrama with RALF (the Regional Affordable Living Foundation).

3. How do you prepare for a Cabaret show?

I talk about how I'm such a star.

Andy Pratt

Appearing as Professor Pratt in We're Not Clowns and performing in the "Tango Steamboat":

1. Describe your character in 50 words or less.

I'm a professor at Phippsburg University, in the physics of juggling department, with experiments in teaching primates to juggle and digital manipulation. I hold a degree in hyperbolic topology, and I'm in speech classes for my speech impediment.

2. What is your favorite Cabaret memory?

"Alien Gonzalez." (see Anzalone's explanation of "The Oak Creek Boys.")

3. How do you prepare for a Cabaret show?

Cover myself in mayonnaise. (Also, attend rehearsals).

4. What would you like the audience to take away from your contribution to Cabaret?

Sexual liberation.

Kelly Anzalone, co-emcee:

1. Describe your character in 50 words or less.

An '80s prom co-host singing emcee kind of guy : I only need half a brain to co-host, so I think I've got it covered.

2. What is your favorite Cabaret memory?

The first year I was in Cabaret, we did a skit called "The Oak Creek Boys." We were making fun of the Elian Gonzalez situation - our kids floated the Yampa from Oak Creek to Steamboat for a better life.

3. How do you prepare for a Cabaret show?

For me, being that Michael David is the co-host, it's just not letting anything bother me : People just like it when we have fun, so there's no mistakes. I just roll with the punches, improvise and make fun of people.

4. What would you like the audience to take away from your contribution to Cabaret?

From the theater owner's perspective, just that they had a good time. With Cabaret being the last show at the theater, it's almost like being Michael Jordan going out on the top of his game. To go out with Cabaret is going out with such a strong, well-rounded show.

Michael David, co-emcee:

1. Describe your character in 50 words or less.

Master of ceremonies standing next to the other master of ceremonies.

2. What is your favorite Cabaret memory?

Too many.

3. How do you prepare for a Cabaret show?

Show up and don't stop talking.

4. What would you like the audience to take away from your contribution to Cabaret?

That they liked my tux.

Matt Stoddard

Performing in the "Tango Steamboat":

1. Describe your character in 50 words or less.

Clueless.

2. What is your favorite Cabaret memory?

"Follow the Yampa Core Trail" (to the tune of "Follow the Yellow Brick Road").

3. How do you prepare for a Cabaret show?

I let Gina shave my back.

4. What would you like the audience to take away from your contribution to Cabaret?

My clothes.

Patty Zimmer

Cabaret director, appearing as Hillary Clinton and performing in the "Tango Steamboat":

1. Describe your character in 50 words or less.

As the director, I am the cheapest therapist in town. As Hillary Clinton, I'm hopeful to persuade those losers who are supporting my opponents to vote for the experienced previous co-president. As "Tango Steamboat" Mama, I love it here. How much can I get for my house?

2. What is your favorite Cabaret memory?

During the Spa skit, when Kelly's (Anzalone) character uttered this prayer: "I pray for a big-boobed sex maniac who owns a liquor store."

3. How do you prepare for a Cabaret show?

Meditation and medication.

4. What would you like the audience to take away from your contribution to Cabaret?

My night sweats and gray hairs.

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