Kelly Anzalone shows off his tuxedo with fellow master of ceremonies Michael David at the beginning of Cabaret 2008.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Kelly Anzalone shows off his tuxedo with fellow master of ceremonies Michael David at the beginning of Cabaret 2008.

Steamboat's ‘Cabaret’ variety show finds new venue at Strings

Annual variety show and fundraiser scheduled for May 6 to 8

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A new venue promises to offer more space for “Cabaret,” the annual show featuring locals poking fun at other locals.

The variety show fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will take the stage at Strings Music Pavilion from May 6 to 8. Performances are set to start each night at 7:30 p.m., with a half-hour set by the house band before the curtain comes up, Arts Council Program Manager Rachel Rad­etsky said.

Tickets for this year’s show, “No Strings Attached,” go on sale at 8:30 a.m. March 11 for Arts Council members and 8:30 a.m. March 12 for nonmembers. The tickets, priced at $30, will be available at the Depot Art Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday once the sale starts, Radetsky said.

With a seating capacity of about 550 and benefits such as a permanent stage and sound system, the two-year-old Strings Pavilion offers more space than previous venues, Radetsky said.

“It is definitely bigger than any other venue than we’ve been able to be in before,” Radetsky said.

In 2009, the Arts Council held “Cabaret” at The Steamboat Grand; with the setup used, about 400 seats were available to each show, Radetsky said. For a few years before that, the show was held at Steamboat Mountain Theater, which had a seating capacity of 180.

Auditions for the show are at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Depot. The production crew is looking for skits, songs or other performance pieces that are “funny and well-prepared,” said “Cabaret” director Patty Zimmer. Skits should be no longer than five minutes. The best-received material sticks to parodies of local events, issues or people, Zimmer said. Anyone who wants to be involved in the show but does not have material ready should come to one of the audition nights ready to read from sample skits, she said.

“Already we have some wonderful, incredibly funny stuff planned for this year, so it’s going to be another really good one,” Zimmer said.

“Cabaret” is a fundraiser for the Arts Council, a nonprofit organization providing services for more than 30 affiliate arts organizations. Learn more at www.steamboatspringsarts.com.

“A Cabaret Rerun,” an interactive film featuring favorite skits from past “Cabaret” shows, is scheduled to screen at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at the Depot. The Arts Council’s annual members meeting is the same day at 5:30 p.m. at the Depot.

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