Archive for Cabaret

Seeking Acts for St. Anthony’s KC Variety Show

Posted in Hot Off The Press with tags , , , on March 9, 2018 by Ringer

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May 2018

The Knights of Columbus of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Westbrook announced plans for a variety/talent show to be held in the church hall on Saturday, May 12th at 6:30 PM, and are seeking interested acts.

“AN EVENING WITH EMELIA & FRIENDS” will feature an array of performers of all ages and experience levels in a family-friendly cabaret setting.  The show continues a string of annual KC-sponsored musical variety extravaganzas held in prior years that enjoyed much success as community-building events and fun showcases for local talent.

This year’s host is 13-year-old Emelia Bailey, a dedicated young member of the St. Anthony’s music ministry team, an up-and-coming opera singer and an all-around musical-theater enthusiast.

Emelia is a 7th grader at Gorham Middle School who, at her young age, has already performed in numerous musicals in southern Maine and in operas with Opera Maine at Merrill Auditorium.  She is a past winner of the NATS musical theatre singing competition and Gorham’s Got Talent.  She currently sings with the University of Southern Maine Youth Chorale and has worked in conjunction with the college and Opera Maine to help write the upcoming chamber opera Girl in Six Beats that will be performed this spring at USM.  She enjoys liturgical singing and is a cantor at St. Anthony’s Church in Westbrook.

Participation is open to children, teens, adults and seniors from the pews and from the community at large.  Interested acts are invited to obtain a sign-up sheet by contacting Louis Philippe, who is coordinating the acts:  857-9002 or reindeer@maine.rr.com.   Deadline to sign up is April 1st. Acts will be limited to five minutes and confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Self-contained acts preferred, but piano accompaniment and/or soundtracks may be available.

Proceeds of the evening will benefit Greater Portland Family Promise, an affiliate of the national Family Promise program, dedicated to addressing the needs of families facing homelessness in the Greater Portland, Maine area.  Through an interfaith network and connections with existing community resources—which includes St. Anthony’s parish, Family Promise provides housing, meals, case management and community for children and their families experiencing homelessness.

Tickets for the show will be $10 (with age discounts) and will be available after all Masses beginning the weekend of April 14 & 15.

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AUBURN CHURCH TO REPRISE POPULAR CABARET NIGHT

Posted in Hot Off The Press with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2018 by Ringer

February 2018

Back by popular demand, Sacred Heart Church in Auburn is bringing back CABARET NIGHT in celebration of its on-going parish-wide pipe organ fundraising campaign which is nearing its first milestone goal.

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Mark the date:  Saturday, February 3rd at 7 PM for the second annual fun-filled musical variety show for all ages, once again being hosted by guest entertainer Louis Philippe.

CABARET NIGHT is just one of many events the parish has undertaken as part of the overall fundraising drive launched in 2015 to help purchase, refurbish and install a 1954 Casavant Opus 2277 Pipe Organ which, through a donation to the parish, was acquired from the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio.

The secondary goal of the Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund for Sacred Heart Church is to provide education and training programs to parish organists, choirs and cantors, as well as subsidized organ lessons for deserving and talented young people.

Thanks to the generosity and enthusiastic support of parishioners, volunteers and the community at large, the parish is close to reaching its primary goal for the organ installation sometime this year, according to Carol DeRoy, Fundraising Committee Member and Cabaret Night Production Coordinator.

I believe that this endeavor has brought our community closer together in sharing a mutual dream,” DeRoy said, acknowledging the many gifts made in recognition of family and friends or in memory of loved ones.

Committee Member Roland Bergeron, in charge of Finance, agrees.  This project has lifted us up, and brought unity among our parishioners,” Bergeron stated, adding: “We are prayerfully grateful to be much closer to our goal in getting the pipe organ installed and creating beautiful sacred music for generations to come.”

At age 86, Sister Elizabeth Platt, C.O.C., currently serves as Pastoral Associate, and has dedicated over 30 years of service to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in religious education and the RCIA Program.  A period of her life she often speaks about with great fondness is her years of ministry teaching children to sing the parts of the Mass.  She also worked with the Boys’ Choir in Boston before coming to Maine.

Pam Vaillancourt, a familiar talent from the L-A area, began singing in the church choir since her elementary school days. She’s now Music Director at Sacred Heart Church (since 1994), a well-known advocate of music and ministry, and will once again serve as Stage Manager for this year’s event in addition to performing duets with Louis Philippe (Patsy Cline medley and a gospel medley).

“After our first Cabaret Night, there was so much positive feedback that we knew we had to do it again,” Vaillancourt noted.  “The cast and volunteers have worked really hard in bringing this show to our stage and much closer to our goal.  I hope that everyone who came to last year’s sell-out Cabaret Night will come back and see this one.”

This year’s line-up of diverse acts—guaranteed to entertain everyone— includes:  Ben Daigneault, Emma Daigneault, Rabbi Sruli Dredsner and his wife Lisa Mayer, The Noddin Boys (Lee and Bruce),  Philippian Troubadours (Dick Dubois, Bruce Geoffroy, Jim McConnell, Bob Morin and Conrad Vaillancourt), “Mr. Ray” (Ray Marchessault), Magician Mark Vaillancourt, Alana Gagnon and Pam Vaillancourt.

The Sacred Heart Parish Hall is in the basement of the church, located at the corner of Minot and Western Avenues in Auburn.  Tickets are $12/adults and $6/students.  FMI, contact the IHM office at 782-8096.

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AUBURN PARISH GETS ITS ACT TOGETHER FOR CABARET NIGHT

Posted in Hot Off The Press with tags , , , , on January 31, 2017 by Ringer

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February 2017

Stars of Auburn’s Immaculate Heart of Mary community will shine on Saturday, February 18th at 7 PM as the parish presents a fun-filled night of music and laughter to raise money for its pipe organ project.

A parade of talented performers from the Sacred Heart-St. Philip cluster will grace the stage at CABARET NIGHT, hosted by guest entertainer and local favorite Louis Philippe in a show he says is “reminiscent of the old days when parish halls were the center of social and family life and talents shows and variety shows were held regularly.”

The emcee and singer will present an array of his own trademark songs in the program which will also feature a wide variety of individuals and groups who have all stepped up to show their support for the Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund for Sacred Heart Church.

Featured acts include:  The Noddin Boys (Lee and Bruce), Alana Gagnon, Chicks With Sticks Steel Drummers (Jill Longstaff, Deanna Kersey, Diana Mawhinney and Josh Caron), Ben Daigneault, Emma Daigneault, Foothills Jazz Trio (Jim Perkins, Siiri Stinson and Dan Perkins), Shelley Harris and Rita Gagnon, Mark Vaillancourt, Ernie Gagne, Lorraine Cote and Pam Vaillancourt, Tony Lajudice, George Harris and Julie Chasse, and Neil Marchessault.

Carol DeRoy has been spear-heading the creation and development of the pipe organ effort and is also Production Coordinator for CABARET NIGHT, responsible for lining up the talent and working with the Committee to transform an ordinary parish hall into a live Cabaret setting with glitz and pizzaz.

The experience of working with so many musicians and singers (many professional) willing and eager to perform gratis for this cause has been a high note for DeRoy.  “The reception and excitement this event has stirred up in our community is truly amazing,” she said, noting “there is a demand for this type of entertainment, for an enjoyable and inexpensive evening filled with music, laughter and camaraderie.”

One person who is also excited about the event is Sacred Heart’s Music Director Pam Vaillancourt who began her journey in Music Ministry with the Children’s Choir in second grade.  With her years of experience in music and theater, onstage and backstage, she has been instrumental in developing the singing congregation.

“Music is very important and helps elevates one’s thoughts,” says Vaillancourt.  “I love how everyone gets involved and participates in the Mass, and I love hearing everyone singing along with the choir.”

In addition to singing in CABARET NIGHT along with her mother Lorraine Cote, Vaillancourt will wear the Stage Manager’s hat, tending to the needs and easing the nerves of the performers. “Hopefully this will be the first of a series of events that will showcase the incredible talents we have in the Lewiston/Auburn area.”

The Sister Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund for Sacred Heart Church was established in 2015 to highlight the richness and significance of the church’s liturgical celebrations through sacred music and inspire active participation within the community.  At age 85, Sister Elizabeth Platt, C.O.C., currently serves as Pastoral Associate, and has dedicated 30 years of service to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in religious education and the RCIA Program.  A period of her life she often speaks about with great fondness is her years of ministry teaching children to sing the parts of the Mass.  She also worked with the Boys’ Choir in Boston before coming to Maine.

All proceeds from CABARET NIGHT will go to the Sr. Elizabeth Platt Pipe Organ Fund for the purpose of refurbishing and installing a used 1954 Casavant Opus 2277 Pipe Organ which, through a donation to the parish, was acquired from the Sisters of Notre Dame in Toledo, Ohio, after their chapel closed.

In addition to helping defray expenses for the purchase, relocation, and installation of the new instrument as well as on-going maintenance and improvements, the fund will provide education and training programs to parish organists, choirs and cantors, as well as subsidized organ lessons for deserving and talented young people.  David E. Wallace & Co. LLC of Gorham has been selected for the design work which is expected to be completed soon, DeRoy reported.

“There’s a noticeably inspiring energy at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish,” Philippe noted.  “Having been involved with Music Ministry for over 40 years, I know how important good music is to the Liturgy and I know that music can be filled with His anointing. So when a church invests in its music program, it opens the door for the Spirit to work,” the singer added.

Tickets are $12/adults and $6/students.  FMI, contact the IHM office at 782-8096.

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STARS TO SHINE IN LEWISTON! CABARET

Posted in Archive Press Releases with tags , , , on April 13, 2011 by Ringer

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“Come to the Cabaret old chum…” and expect a lot of song, laughter and razzle-dazzle.

LEWISTON! CABARET illuminates the stage of the Franco-American Heritage Center’s beautiful new Heritage Hall on Saturday, April 30, 7:30 PM featuring a wide array of stage performers young and old assembled for one night of great entertainment by Lewiston’s ever-popular Cabaret host Louis Philippe.

Enjoy the great atmosphere created by FAHC Producer Richard Martin, along with light foods and cash bar as starry performances fill the newly-renovated performance venue.

Admission is $18, including light foods and a cash bar.  FMI, contact the Franco American Heritage Center at 689-2000, or visit http://www.francoamericanheritage.org.

Step out and see the stars:

LAURA HURD WHITED

Laura grew up in Portland, but has a deep family connection to Lewiston: her father and grandmother (and great aunts and uncles and 2nd and 3rd cousins) were all born and raised in this remarkable city!

Trained at the Boston Conservatory, Laura has performed in many cities around the country most regularly in The Best of Broadway, a fundraiser for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Merrill Auditorium. She is on hiatus from that show in order to sing here tonight and also with the cast of There’s Nothing Like A Dame, a revue of women singing men’s songs at Anthony’s Dinner Theater this past April and again this June. Last summer, Laura had the opportunity to play the part of a lifetime–Judy Garland in the one-woman show The Property Known as Garland, a fictional backstage account of the legendary singer’s final concert appearance. She will revive her “Judy” as a special guest with  “The Rat Pack” at Anthony’s in July. Great fun!

Special thanks to husband, Jess and children, James and Emma for taking care of things at home so Laura can go out and play! And to Louis …I mean Father Frenchie…for his friendship and guidance. Now, On With The Show!

LOUIS GRASSI

Born-and-bred Mainer, 23-year old Louis Grassi has always possessed a desire to entertain.  At the age of 15, he carried out that innate wish when he started taking guitar lessons.  After being encouraged to utilize his vocal talents more publicly, this young singer-songwriter quickly established himself as a passionate, multi-dimensional musician.

In 2009, Louis released his debut recording, “Mystery of Myself” which  featured four of his own compositions.  A year and a half later, he released two more EPs, which gave way to his first full-length album entitled “Manifestation.”

Early 2011 marked the start of a national radio campaign that promoted his endearing single “Scrap Paper.”  The song became a staple on internet radio of the Americana genre, and averaged 200+ spins a week.

TERESA DYER

Ever since she was a little girl she’s been smitten by the glamour and excitement found in the world of the theater.  She often gets cast to play the roles of royals…from Countess Aurelia in Madwoman of Chaillot to Lady Olivia in Twelfth Night to the white witch Queen of Narnia.  The world of Cabaret is only a stone’s throw from that of the theater, and although stripped of sets and costumes, the Cabaret stage allows Teresa the chance to make magic with the lyrics and melody of a well loved song.  She thanks Louis Philippe for the opportunity to appear in his hometown of Lewiston in one of his famous cabarets.

THOMAS FERENT

Appearing in Cabarets is a fun thing for this resident of Naples and veteran of community theater.  He has appeared in productions at Deertrees in Harrison, Eastern Slope Playhouse in North Conway, NH, Sebago Schoolhouse in Standish, Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts (OHMPA) in Norway and at the Denmark Arts Center in Denmark.

Among his favorite roles have been Mr Biggley in How to Succeed, Ragpicker in Madwoman of Chaillot, Horton the Elephant in Suessical, Miles Gloriosus in Forum and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night.

Cabarets are a fun thing for Tom because they allow him to sing songs that he never has had a chance to perform in musical theater.

When not on the boards, he can be seen performing daily as Mr Lakefront selling Maine lakefront real estate to the world.

LAURIE SIDELINGER

Laurie’s passion for singing first blossomed at the age of four. She attributes her vocal and performing abilities to her very talented parents and family. Their unending encouragement over the years helped her gain confidence and a love for various styles of music. For almost two decades she performed with the Lewiston based band Horizon, has traveled from Canada to Boston singing her “songs from the heart.”  Most recently, Laurie has collaborated with five other female vocalists from the Lewiston -Auburn area–Kathy Haley, Deb Morin, Bonnie Edwards, Bette Sanborn and Jeannie Martin–to perform in The Girls of L-A: The Divine Divas Of Song for two sold out concerts at the Franco American Heritage Center.  Aside from her time spent in various recording studios working on jingles and projects, Laurie enjoys singing for weddings, wedding planning, performing for community events, and has been employed for 21 years with the administrative staff of International Paper.

MARC MAILHOT

Marc was born on April 5, 1951 in Batavia, NY, moved to Westbrook, Maine in 1954, and has lived there ever since. He began his musical career in September 1957 at age six formally studying piano under the late renowned Maine teacher Louis Sirois for 11 years…and played his first formal public performance in a Piano Recital in May 1960.  He began playing drums in 1964 inspired by his father playing drums before him and the British Invasion beginning with The Beatles. Marc continues playing and performing on both instruments today.

During his career, Marc has performed literally thousands of gigs with pioneering Maine Bands Love, Inc. and Pegasus in the 1960’s and 1970’s and currently performs with The Chapparals and as a Solo Artist.  Marc has also written, recorded, toured extensively, and produced.

Marc served on the teaching staff at Starbird Music in Portland in the 1960’s and early 1970’s and continues teaching privately. He is also a Piano Tuner and a proud member of the Maine Arts Commission, Portland Music Foundation, New England Songwriters Guild, The Maine Songwriters Association and the North American Music Teachers Association.

An alumni of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT who also attended the University of Southern Maine, Marc is the Founder and President of Marco Polo Music.

ELLEN TUCKER

Ellen is originally from NYC and has performed in theaters on the East Coast from Florida to Maine State Music Theater, including numerous productions at Portland Lyric Theater and Portland Players.  She plays the guitar and recently performed her songs in New York City and at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.   She is thrilled to be reunited with Father Frenchie and this talented cast of stars.

Ellen is most proud of her two children— Tucker, a senior at Ohio State University, and Aleka, a graduate of NYU Tisch School of Performing Arts, who is now living and performing in NYC.  She is an RN and works for AMEDISYS Home Care of Portland.

FATHER FRENCHIE

Father Frenchie is the self-proclaimed Ambassador of Goodwill who brings his message of hope and love to everyone of all denominations.  He officially became a recording star in 2008 with the release of his first CD, “Father Frenchie Comes To Lewiston.”

Typically, one can find Father Frenchie making his rounds to a myriad of nursing homes, health care facilities, retirement communities, etc.   On many occasions, he’ll be asked to share his wisdom and insight for church functions or senior citizen groups, and even variety shows.

Complete with broken French accent, misused language, double entendres and colorful characters, he shares typical everyday lifetime experiences as a traveling Catholic priest here in Maine.

DEBBIE POULIN & PAUL JALBERT

Paul Jalbert was born and raised in Auburn and takes pleasure in singing on a daily basis.

He is a local barber whose many musical accomplishments include performing in various plays for Community Little Theatre and singing in local churches.  He was also affiliated with Magic Pops Chorus for several years and is a current member of the “Just Us Entertainers”.

Debbie Poulin was born and raised in Lewiston.  She is the mother of three and has one grandson who is her greatest treasure.  She always sang her children to sleep at bed time and music was always on in the house.  As a child she was blessed to have been exposed to music from every decade.

Debbie has always enjoyed singing but never performed in front of an audience until her debut in the late 90’s when she became affiliated with the “Magic Pops Chorus.  In 2000 she was asked to become a member of the “Just Us Entertainers” and at the present time she continues to enjoy performing with them.

Paul and Debbie have known each other for more than 25 years and have been singing together for approximately 8 of those years.  They can be seen in two upcoming performances of the “Just Us Entertainers” to be held on Friday, May 13 at the Multi-purpose Center which is a fund raiser for the Senior Citizens and again on Friday, June 3 at the Heritage Center for the Festival Franco Fun.

DON SPEAR

– Maine Humorist, Raconteur, Oral Historian and Occasional Song and Dance Man – is known as “The Pondering Pundit.”

A native of Bath, Maine, Don began his stage career in 1943 at the Boy Scout Camp in Raymond and continued developing his stagecraft at Morse High School before going on to graduate from University of Maine and Georgetown Law School.  After serving two years in the Army, he was employed as an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the Commerce Department in Washington, DC.  In June of 1959, he married the boss’s secretary and returned to Bath to enter private law practice.

His career highlights include: Prosecuting Attorney for Sagadahoc County, Executive Director of the Bath Urban Renewal Authority, Boardmember of Bath Memorial Hospital, The Bath Area YMCA, Salvation Army, the Patten Free Library, the Old Ladies Home and Plant Memorial Home; Founding Trustee of Hyde School and Maine Maritime Museum; Bath Rotary Club President and Chairman of the Bath Savings Institution Board of Trustees.

A performer with many hats, Don is armed with a variety of entertainment arsenal that he presents in public and private performances around the state.

KATHLEEN PETERSON

Kathleen began her many years in local theater at Windham Center Stage Theater in Oliver…but only after being coerced by a few cocktails to get onstage to audition.  She went to portray many roles for WCST, and also Portland Lyric Theater—Funny Girl and Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.

She served in many capacities for Reindeer Theatre Company, from being on stage in any role that needed to be filled or singing in any music revues that needed voices to producing, directing, and any and every area of backstage or tech crew work.  Her favorite role was Baby Snooks in RTC’s Golden Days Of Radio.

She admits she is more comfortable in the background than the spotlight, but still enjoys doing a few shows here and there…and hopes you enjoy some good old country music classics.

GABRIELLA LATINI

Gabriella is a 14-year old artist who plays guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, and bass…and loves to sing. Recently, she was acclaimed as winner of the Westbrook Idol competition—the youngest contestant to make it to the Finals—and was the official entertainer for the 2010 Maine Breast Cancer Walk, singing for thousands of people in Portland’s Monument Square.

Gabriella shares her talent with her church choir and her own band, and also sings with the Westbrook Jazz Band, recently receiving the top score at a music festival.  She has sung at The Sea Dogs games and also for many funerals and weddings.  “I love to be on stage and in the spotlight and hope I get many more opportunities to do so!”

REINDEER ANNOUNCES MID-WINTER SLATE OF R.A.M.P. FUNDRAISERS

Posted in Archive Press Releases with tags , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2011 by Ringer

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Reindeer Group announced a slate of upcoming community shows to bring awareness and raise money for R.A.M.P., Reindeer’s Alternative Music Program.

The mid-winter series will be held at The American Legion Hall on Dunn Street in Westbrook and will feature an array of local “stars” and theater friends, including several high school singers and musicians.  The audience will be invited to sing-along and share the spotlight, and guests are more than welcome to bring their music or soundtracks and jump in—impromptu style (Reindeer’s trademark).

Fri, Jan 21 – CABARET open-mic, with Louis Philippe at the piano.  Guest performers include Kathy Ball, Josephine Cooper, Nancy Durgin, Teresa Dyer, Tom Ferent, Casey Hutchinson, Kyah Morrisette,  Molly Olsen,  Andrew Shepard, Emily Silver, Johanna Stanley, and Abigail Worthing.

Fri, Feb 4 – COFFEE HOUSE, featuring acoustic performances by singer-songwriters Joel Carpenter, Louis Grassi, Nate Harvey, Izzy Jorgensen, Gabriella Latini, John Malloy, Egor Mossalev and Xander Nelson.

Fri, Feb 18 – CABARET open-mic, with Louis Philippe at the piano.  Guest performers include Ellen & Mark Munson, Kathleen Peterson, Themia Raymond, Rita Smith, cast members from past musical revues, and more.

Each show begins at 7 PM and all ages are welcome.  Admission is free, but reservations are suggested by calling 857-9002.

R.A.M.P was created a year ago by Louis Philippe who also conceived and produced the highly popular Rock-Off competitions since 1983.  Philippe’s goal is to create, produce and implement a music industry-based curriculum whereby Maine’s Alternative Education students can earn academic credit for studying subjects such as Songwriting, The Recording Studio Experience, Marketing, Live Event Production and Music Video Production.

Reindeer Group has launched a campaign to raise $145,000 to establish this unique project as an ongoing educational opportunity for AltEd communities across the state.  Donations in any amount and program inquiries are welcome, as well as requests for speaker presentations.

For more information about R.A.M.P. and the affiliated Off-Ramp statewide high school band competition, visit www.keepMEcurrent.com/arts_and_entertainment/off-ramp.

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