CAPTAIN LOUIE Inspires Stephen Schwartz Cabaret This Friday and Saturday at 8pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 29, 2012

David Coate of The Pack Rat has loaned us military apparel and equipment for everything from The Red Badge of Courage (Civil War) and All Quiet on the Western Front (WWI) to U.S. in ’45 (WWII) and Miss Saigon (Vietnam War). I don’t know if you’ve been up to his shop at the top of Boot Hill, but it’s like A. Schwab’s on Beale Street in Memphis, whose slogan is “if we don’t got it, you don’t need it.”

This could be said of The Pack Rat as well. David Coate loaned us the perfect vintage aviator’s cap for Captain Louie. His knowledge of all things military is boundless, and he is more than willing to share his expertise with all comers. Do take some time to at least see his collection of memorabilia.

The course in miracles is a heavy tome, but in spite of that, I ploughed through it some years ago. The publisher touts it as divinely inspired. That may or may not be the case, but it is a deep well to fathom, one which can be distilled into a single idea: “to be able to see the miracle.”

I knew we needed a small red biplane for Captain Louie, so I had fretted over where and how to find one. I thought of the ones you can purchase at Cracker Barrel, but I would need to spray paint it red, and if not, there may be one at Toys-R-Us.

The time to make the search was not overwhelming, but promised to be very time-consuming. But while on a visit to the Downtown Market, out of the corner of my eye I spied a miracle — the perfect red plane, and it had the inaccurate four propellers that I had drawn on a sketch.

Cabaret is a musical by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. Our production garnered so many letters to the editor that the newspaper had to stop printing them, and we sold out. As Oscar Wilde said, there is no such thing as bad publicity. A cabaret is something else entirely. It is a musical revue, usually loosely tied together by a theme.

Our theme is the music of Stephen Schwartz. Our coterie of performers (Josh Bernaski, Jama Bowen, Ryan Bowie, Hannah Church, Kaitlin Doughty, Regan Featherstone, Humberto Figueroa, Erin Keas, Travis Kendrick, Ashley Laverty, Sean Ormond and Rob Rodems) will sing selections from their songbooks, all centering on the music of Stephen Schwartz — Godspell, Wicked, Pippin, The Baker’s Wife and, of course, Captain Louie.

Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz will be performed for four nights only — at 8pm tonight and tomorrow, as well as July 6 and 7 — on the terrazzo in the intimate setting of the Roxy’s lobby. A limited number of tables and chairs will be available, and seating is general admission. Tickets are $20 (including a beverage) or $30 for both the 6pm performance of Captain Louie and the 8pm musical revue.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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