by Tom Alvarez, Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner
October 14 & 15, 2011
“He’s the Spielberg of musical theater,” said managing and artistic director Shannon Forsell when she introduced composer, lyricist and playwright Jason Robert Brown at Friday’s opening night of a two-day run of The Jason Brown Songbook at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis.
A “Wicked” Cabaret with Broadway’s Stephanie J. Block
Annual Fundraiser and Performance to Benefit The Cabaret
There will be no tricks, just treats this Halloween weekend as one of Broadway’s most relevant and versatile leading ladies, Stephanie J. Block, brings her spellbinding one-woman show to Indianapolis to benefit The Cabaret. This special one-night only event will take place on Friday, October 28th and will help support the artistic and educational programs of The Cabaret.
Managing and Artistic Director Shannon Forsell was showcased in this article by David Hoppe from Nuvo in January 2011.
Since I sang in the class last week, I had this week of and was observing the rest of the class participants. The singers had everything to work on from comic timing and interpretation, to making the audience believe them, to song and intensity build-up.
This week at the class, everyone has a chance to perform their selected piece in front of everyone. At the beginning of the class we talked about presenting your piece. An important aspect of Cabaret is story-telling and the spoken aspect of the show. Shannon talked about creating an introduction for the song, including contextual information like the composer, show, and context of the piece. She said “ you have to know where you are coming from, to know where you are going.”
"One of Indianapolis' most fashionable downtown nightspots..."Tom Alvarez, Examiner.com