||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
'The Century in Review'|
MAILED: Jan. 7, 1999|
A singing and dancing extravaganza may be the best way to describe the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 1999 Cabaret, the annual event sponsored by the department of music and theatre arts in cooperation with University Centers and Programs.
The theme of UW-Eau Claire's 21st annual Cabaret is "The Century in Review."
Cabaret performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22-23 and Jan 28-30, with matinees at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30. All shows will be in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
"The best thing about performing in Cabaret is seeing the smiles on the faces of the people in front of you when you're performing," said senior performer Heather Gausman, McFarland. "That you're able to draw them into what you're doing."
Cabaret is a 10-month project with an operating budget of $15,000. The event has generated more than $120,000 for scholarships, awards and departmental activities.
Several choral ensembles from the department of music and theatre arts will present the extravaganza. Those slated to perform include Concert Choirs I and II, the Women's Concert Chorale and The Singing Statesmen, as well as members of the University Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ensembles.
Student directors select the music, arrange the score and prepare the music with their ensembles. Student directors for Concert Choir I are seniors Jennifer Young, Racine, and Bob Schlidt, Hartford. Senior Katie Kelly, Brooklyn Center, Minn., and sophomore Toby Yatso, Ashwaubenon, will direct Concert Choir II. Directors for the Women's Concert Chorale are senior Katie Berglund, Chisago City, Minn., and sophomore Holly Olson, Portage. Junior Josh Countryman, Colfax, and senior Ben Hafemen, Algoma, will direct The Singing Statesmen.
"It's a super entertaining show," said senior copyright coordinator Erika Erlenbach, Superior. "Since there's such a variety of music and a variety of entertainment, there's something that will please everyone."
Copyright issues are the most significant challenges organizers face in staging the event, said Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music and executive director of Cabaret. Copyright permission must be secured for each composition in the program, which consists of music from genres such as Charleston, Motown, country, disco, Euro rock, swing, gospel and the 1980s.
"To get permission, all the publishers or copyright holders must be contacted and then we try to work out a contract with them," Erlenbach said. "Some we pay for while others are gratis."
In addition to the shows, optional buffet dinners will be served at 6 p.m. in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center before 7:30 p.m. performances. A deli and dessert cash buffet will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. for evening performances and at 1 p.m. for matinee performances in the Council Fire Room.
Show-only tickets are $14 for the public and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, $8 for people 62 and over or 17 and under, and $7 with a student ID. Tickets for the dinner and show are $26.50 for the public and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, $20.50 for people 62 and over or 17 and under, and $19.50 with a student ID.
Advance tickets can be ordered by mail or by submitting an order form to the University Service Center in Davies Center. All orders will be processed and returned on a first-come, first-served basis. Window sales and telephone orders will be accepted beginning Jan. 11. Telephone orders must be accompanied by payment with MasterCard or Visa (a $3 processing fee will be charged). An additional $3 handling fee will be charged for telephone orders.
For an informational brochure and order form or for ticket information, contact the University Service Center at (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 13, 1999