Cabaret Allsorts was a series of comic vignettes, showcasing some very good performers in a light hearted setting.
Julia Jenkins, a delightfully smooth jazz singer played somewhat of a narrative role, opening the show and then remaining on stage to punctuate each scene change with an appropriate segue.
Clint Strindberg kicked off the proceedings, and even the hilarious culinary compositions in multiple languages couldn’t disguise his spectacular and highly trained operatic vocal quality. He continued his skit playing multiple characters in a scene about the difficulties one encounters in audition situations.
Nick Maclaine and Laura Djanegara then took over and created something of a sick love story between two people who found themselves in a support group for animal cruelty offenders. With a blend of pop music and original input, Nick and Laura shared their secrets and made sordid discoveries, which ultimately resolved in a twisted but compatible meeting of minds.
The final vignette featured Caitlin Cassidy who shed her serious image as an opera singer and embraced the alter ego of a German tutor on a desperate search for companionship, and with a penchant for her younger student, Edward (played by Strindberg).
With each member of the cast having such great vocal ability, I would have loved to see more group arrangements. We were teased a little at the beginning when the other four performers provided backup vocals to Jenkins’s opening number, Desperado, then were not treated to anything similar until the group closed the show with The Muppets movie theme, Life’s a happy song.
Cabaret Allsorts seemed a good title for this show as it presented a little bit of each flavour.
Counter Productions presents
Venue: The Treasury Cabaret | Corner St Georges Tce & Barrack St Perth
Dates: 6 – 8 Feb, 2012