Have you ever spent a night out at the theatre, looked at the playbill and wondered: “Who are these people, really?”
The second annual Impromptu Cabaret Festival is your chance to get a closer look at the characters behind the characters. The festival runs from Wednesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 13 at the Havana Theatre in Vancouver.
The festival is made up of the same performers you see on the region’s stages playing a variety of carefully rehearsed characters – only this time, they’re telling their own stories. Each night features a lineup of performances, back to back, as each performer takes you on a journey through the challenges and triumphs they’ve experienced in their own work in Vancouver’s performing community – set to a soundtrack of their favourite songs.
“Take an unfiltered and ‘impromptu’ backstage tour through the minds of your favourite local performers and experience the stories that have built their ‘character,’” says a write-up about the show.
New Westminster talent is a big part of the festival, as local performer Peter Jorgensen serves as one of the organizers and is also set to perform on Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m.
Cecilly Day, a new resident of New West, is on the program for Saturday, April 13 at 4 p.m., while veteran New West performer David Adams appears on Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
Fifteen-year-old local resident Elizabeth Irving is also featured in a Tuesday, April 9 show – the new Young Artist Cabaret Series, alongside Julia MacLean, Jamie MacLean and Toby Verchere.
The Havana Theatre is at 1212 Commercial Dr.
Tickets are $20 per show, or $15 per show for a doubleheader (multiple shows in one day). Festival passes, for all days and 10 shows, are available for $100. For all the details about the festival or to buy tickets, see www.impromptucabaret.com.