Theatre 8’s new cabaret promises Geraldton a night of local talent and fun

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
Theatre 8's Club Cabaret performing One Night in Bangkok.
Camera IconTheatre 8's Club Cabaret performing One Night in Bangkok. Credit: Geraldton Guardian/Edward Scown

If you want to see all your favourite musical numbers performed in one place, Geraldton’s own theatre club has you covered with its latest production.

Theatre 8 and its 10-piece cabaret troupe are now presenting Showbiz, a two-hour performance directed by Doreen Howells, of fan favourites from musicals like Wicked, The Greatest Showman, Chess and the Blues Brothers.

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Sarah Kingdon & Brianna Randall performing Popular from the musical Wicked.
Camera IconSarah Kingdon & Brianna Randall performing Popular from the musical Wicked. Credit: Midwest Times/Phoebe Pin

The Geraldton Guardian attended the second night of opening weekend, and it would be fair to say the entire cast brought their A-game to the stage.

From hard-hitting vocals by Brianna Randall and Sarah Kingdon to choreography by Jane Smith and Elise Van Aken, which had the whole crowd tapping their feet, the show had something for everyone.

The talent of the cast was only elevated by pianist Louise Van Herpen, although I wish her musical prowess was incorporated into more of the show.

Each performer was given an opportunity to shine during emotive solos, with Sharon Cole, Hiede Jupp, Sheldon Long and Mila Krippner proving they were more than capable of owning the stage.

Werner Laubscher and Jaden Thomas performing You and Me (But Mostly Me) from The Book of Mormon.
Camera IconWerner Laubscher and Jaden Thomas performing You and Me (But Mostly Me) from The Book of Mormon. Credit: Midwest Times/Phoebe Pin

But it was the ensemble performances that really got the audience grooving, with Jaden Thomas and Werner Laubscher stealing every scene when they shared the stage.

I would have liked to have seen more of these whole company pieces, as the cast really brought out the best in each other when they appeared as a group.

There are still four more chances to catch this local show, with performances running this Saturday night as well as the following Friday and Saturday night.

I’d suggest bringing some snacks and going with mates who are not afraid to brave the front row, where performers frequently strutted their stuff.

For those who have an early bedtime, there is also an afternoon matinee show on Sunday, November 21.

Tickets and further details are available through the Theatre 8 Facebook page.

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