European CabaretDeveloped by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Langford & Jim Prosser
In 1930s Europe, cabaret clubs became the beehive of Bohemian artists and intellectuals. They fiercely challenged social mores of the era.
European Cabaret celebrates the sophisticated sounds and subversive ideas that exploded from this sub-culture. Artists of the era included Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and many others.
TARA BRUNO Florida Studio Theatre debut! Since graduating from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Tara has toured nationally with Barbie Live! (Original cast recording) traveled throughout Europe, South America, and Africa while performing on Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II, and bared it all in NYC for Broadway Bares XVII: Myth Behavior benefiting BC/EFA (Denis Jones, dir.) Favorite Regional Roles include Norma (Victor/Victoria), Polly (Crazy For You), and Lily St. Regis (Annie).
ALAN GILLESPIE is thrilled to be back in Sarasota after appearing as Chris in Miss Saigon and Steve Baker in Showboat at the Van Wezel (both National Tours). Selected credits: Frankie in Forever Plaid (Casino Niagara) (New Provincetown Players), The Specialist in The Who’s Tommy (Tokyo, Japan), Stride u/s in Jekyll &Hyde, (Robert Cuccioli, Dir) (WBT). Alan is also a guest artist at Carnegie Hall.
JIM PROSSER This is Jim’s eleventh season in the FST Cabaret, for which he has developed and performed in numerous shows, including The British Invasion, The Flip Side, Piano Men, Three Friends, GI Jive, and Too Darn Hot. He has also worked extensively for FST’s Education programs, writing scores for the WRITE A PLAY programs, children’s shows, and most recently The Princess and the Pea. In addition, Jim enjoys playing “on the spot” for the FST Improv Troupe.
STEPHEN HOPE Broadway- Joseph...Dreamcoat, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Off Broadway - Ascension, Fairy Tales, Anyone Can Whistle, Dames at Sea, Rabboni. Regional- Camelot, My One and Only, Man of La Mancha, Paint Your Wagon. FST audiences have seen Stephen in numerous productions including The Exonerated, Ruthless!, The Flip Side and Laughing Matters...Too!.
FORREST RICHARDS most recently received rave reviews for her portrayal of Sally Adams (the Ethel Merman role) in Call Me Madam and as Vern in Bingo, the Musical at the Golden Apple. She previously appeared on the FST Mainstage in It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, And The World Goes ‘Round (Sarasota Magazine's Best Actress in a Musical award) Roleplay, and in the Cabaret with the zany political/satirical revues License to Bash and On the Road. Most memorable roles include Guenevere in Camelot opposite David McCallum, Virginia in Patent Leather Shoes with Megan Mullally, Sally in Me and My Girl, and as Agnes in I Do! I Do! in Singapore.
Director & Choreographer | Dennis Courtney
Music Director | Vince DiMura
Costume & Scenic Designer | Marcella Beckwith
Lighting Designer | Colleen Jennings
Stage Manager | Dean Curosmith