Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Miss Vero is here hunnies! And not with any namby-pamby, can't spell an actors name correctly review, no! Miss Vero is here with 10 very good reasons why y'all should see The Vero Beach Theatre Guild's production of Cabaret.

#10. So we should never forget.
The history lesson of the time period, leading up to the Nazi reign in Germany and the human emotions - pride, fear, indifference, is a lesson that unfortunately needs to be reinforced and remembered. In a short interview with actor Greg Harris, he recounted how an elderly woman came up to him after the show sobbing, with her memories of that time resurrected. Yes, this production is that powerful.

#9. The lighting team of Cabaret.
Perfectly guides and shadows the actors, through gut emotions, nightclub hilarity and frequent venue changes in a seamless and vibrant way.

#8. Choreography and Costumes.
Broadway worthy, sharp, professional dance routines. Honestly, they are that good.
Costumes that make the dancers look comfortable through some difficult moves. Not to mention the integrity of the historical pieces and essential details.

#7. Miss Caitlin Harris.
Remarkable presentation when she belts out the highly emotional "Tomorrow Belongs to Me", first as an innocent Edelweiss Fraulein and later as a corrupted Third Reich recruit, the transformation is amazing.

#6. Mr. Greg Harris.
For his eleventh hour, save the day, step into the lead role of character Cliff Bradshaw without missing a beat. As Mr. Harris so humbly put it, "The show must go on".

#5. Mr. Robert Johnston.
Adorable and naughty, just the way we like 'em. Now we can't imagine any one else in the role as the Emcee. Joel Who? One day, when he is very famous and we tell folks that we saw him in a little ole play in Vero Beach, no one will believe us. We are sorry we didn't get his autograph, because this boy is going places.

#4. Miss Danielle Ferretti.
Lucky for Vero Beach that Miss Ferretti's marriage moved her here. Otherwise hunnies, you'd have to go to New York or Las Vegas to see her incredible talent. Lucky for us indeed. When she sang the title song we got a little teary eyed and swore she was channeling Miss Liza, until we recognized her own voice in the number. She brings a welcomed freshness to a familiar character.

#3. The Meet and Greet.
One of our favorite things about a Vero Beach Theatre Guild presentation is that on your way out, y'all get to meet and greet the entire cast and thank them for their hard work! This is what reminded us that it's community theater, because the quality of the production made us forget.

#2. Mr. Mark Wygonik.
For bringing an adult play to this timid little town, must we elaborate? Really, must we?

And the #1 reason to go see Cabaret? Because it will be performed during Thanksgiving weekend and if y'all need a great place to take the visitin' kin (or escape from them) this is the must do event of the week.

Tickets are still available, but hurry, call them now! 772-562-8300 or visit their website, because after the 29th, y'all will be kickin' yourselves for missin' it.

"I used to have a girlfriend
known as Elsie

With whom I shared
Four sordid rooms in Chelsea

She wasn't what you'd call
A blushing flower...
As a matter of fact
She rented by the hour.

The day she died the neighbors
came to snicker:
"Well, thats what comes
from to much pills and liquor."

But when I saw her laid out like a Queen
She was the happiest...corpse...
I'd ever seen.

I think of Elsie to this very day.
I'd remember how'd she turn to me and say:
"What good is sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
Come to the Cabaret.

And as for me,
I made up my mind back in Chelsea,
When I go, I'm going like Elsie."

The Tao of Miss Vero, wouldn't y'all say?



Anonymous said...

Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Thanks for a great post. Love the show and will go have a look! Ed from Get Fit At Home.

Jethro Bovine said...

Miz V,
The folks at the Theatre Guild always do a good show, but Cabaret is a standout! All of the performers were excellent. Patty Carreau-Souza (Fraulein Schneider), Jim Mitchell (Herr Ludwig), and Jim Daly (Herr Shultz) were also OUTSTANDING!
Live is a Cabernet! er.. Cabaret