Cast members, from left, Michael David Bauk, Kelly Anzalone and Kris Hammond return this year for the 27th annual Cabaret comedy production at 7:30 p.m. May 6 to 8.

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Cast members, from left, Michael David Bauk, Kelly Anzalone and Kris Hammond return this year for the 27th annual Cabaret comedy production at 7:30 p.m. May 6 to 8.

Cabaret show in Steamboat continues tradition

Annual variety show fundraiser opens Thursday at Strings

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Kelly Anzalone, left, and co-emcee Michael David Bauk take a bow at the end of the 2008 Cabaret.

If you go

What: “No Strings Attached,” annual Cabaret fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council

When: 7:30 p.m. May 6 to 8; band starts at 7 p.m. each night

Where: Strings Music Pavilion

Cost: $30

Call: 879-9008

More: Tickets are available in advance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Depot Art Center. Tickets also are available by phone by calling 879-9008 to order. Proceeds benefit the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

— On Wednesday night at the Depot Art Center, Cabaret cast member and writer Pamela Turner was leading a cast of golf-club-wielding dancers through a skit.

Mixing dance moves with threatening motions, Turner and her dancers were channeling a jilted lover in their satirical song aimed at a top-of-the-news sports celebrity. It’s one of many musical numbers featured in the 27th annual Cabaret, a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The annual collection of jabs at local, national and international issues is at 7:30 p.m. May 6 to 8 at Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets are $30; proceeds benefit the Arts Council. The Cabaret band will start playing at 7 p.m. before each performance.

Now in her second year as a Cabaret cast member, Turner — a dancer and singer — said she got involved for the opportunity to dance, after missing last year’s Steamboat Dance Theatre concert.

Lynn Finkbohner — one of the dancers in Turner’s skit and a 20-plus-year Cabaret veteran — said the show offers a release after a year of hard work. Throughout the years that Finkbohner has participated in Cabaret, the show has become a bigger production, making the most of a limited rehearsal period for a product that still has spontaneous energy, she said.

Returning emcees Michael David Bauk and Kelly Anzalone plan to feed off a similar kind of spontaneous energy as they lead the show, which includes about 40 cast members and more musical numbers than in past years, they said.

“Just like construction is going on in town, we’re constructing Cabaret right up until the last minute,” Bauk said.

Touching on anything that upsets everybody, the all-volunteer collection of locally written skits is slightly trimmed down from recent years and includes returning skits such as Kris Hammond’s mailman, who offers short quips about local news items.

As a fundraiser for the Arts Council, Cabaret will help support programming such as the nonprofit organization’s singer-songwriter series, dramatic productions and visual arts shows, said Anzalone, who also is president of the Arts Council board.

Proceeds also will support nine weeks of children’s summer arts programming, according to a news release from Arts Council board member Jessica Craft. Arts Council affiliates including Steamboat Dance Theatre, The Great American Laughing Stock Co. and the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym will participate in the children’s programs, according to the news release.

Tickets are available for every Cabaret performance, Arts Council Program Manager Rachel Radetsky said. To get tickets, stop by the Depot from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call the Arts Council at 879-9008.

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