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July 31 A Cabaret Night

July 31 @6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$40.00

Enjoy an evening of showtunes with talented artists from the Dunes Summer Theatre!

Bring your family and have dinner and drinks at the beautiful Friendship Botanic Gardens. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, although there will be chairs available for use. Directed and produced by Steve Scott accompanied by Music Director Andrew Flasch and his live jazz trio. Tickets are $40/adult. Under 18 is free admission. Please use our Liberty Trail entrance and park in the Liberty Trail parking lot. 

If you are affiliated with a senior living group or church group, we have special deals for you – pricing is listed below! To pay, please go to our “Donate” tab, give us a main contact, inform us which organization you are from, and what night you will be attending. If you have any questions, please call us at (219)-878-9885. 

Groups of 5 or more $30 each
Groups of 10 or more $25 each
Senior (over 62) price $35 each

This event is in collaboration with the Dunes Summer Theatre. 

These tickets are only valid for the July 31 performance.

Meet Steve Scott! 

Steve Scott is an Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and was the Goodman’s producer for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2017.  His most recent Goodman directing credits include The Santaland Diaries; Ah, Wilderness; and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.  He has directed nearly 300 productions at theaters locally, nationally and internationally; his most recent productions include King Lear at Redtwist Theatre, where he is a company member; Why Torture Is Wrong, or the People Who Love Them at Eclipse Theatre (where he has been a company member for 20 years); The Cake at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; Working 2012 at Dunes Theatre in Michigan City, IN; and The Legend of Georgia McBride at Nebraska Repertory Theatre.  Mr. Scott has been a member of the faculty of the Theatre Conservatory of the College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University for more than twenty years; he has also taught at Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, and the Theatre School at DePaul University.  He has also served on panels for the National Endowment of the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, US Arts, and the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative/PEw Charitable Trust.  Mr. Scott did his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas (where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa), and graduate work at the University of Denver.  For his work as a director, he has received six Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, an After Dark Award, and numerous Broadway World nominations; for his work in the Chicago theater community he has received the 2017 Special Jeff Award and the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Chicago Theatres. (Courtesy of Dunes Summer Theatre)

 

Meet Andrew Flasch! 

Andrew Flasch is a music director, vocal director, keyboardist, composer, arranger, and music educator currently based in Chicago, IL. He is thrilled to be returning to Dunes Summer Theatre after music and vocal directing Working in 2019 with director Steve ScottSince composing original underscoring for a trio of plays at Chicago Street Theatre in high school, Andrew has found a home in musical theatre where he can combine his varied musical background with his love for story. Other MD/VD credits include The ProducersJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatSondheim on Sondheim, and Little Shop of Horrors for which he won a NIETF award for Vocal Direction. In addition to musical theatre, he currently runs an online piano studio with an emphasis on jazz and music theory. (Courtesy of Dunes Summer Theatre)

 

 

 

 

Meet Andrew Turner!

Native of Tacoma, WA, tenor Andrew Turner is a versatile multidisciplinary artist whose engagements span the genres of opera, musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. An advocate for innovation across industries, he utilizes his cross-genre performance experience in bringing together diverse styles of artistry to one stage. Recently, Turner debuted the role of Tchaplitsky in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades and covered the role of Tobias Raggs in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with the Des Moines Metro Opera. He was also featured as a resident artist with Virginia Opera and Opera Iowa in the spring of 2021. In 2020, He was featured as a special guest with up-and-coming composer Allen René Louis in his virtual production of The Music of Allen René Louis: Musical Theater Edition. He was also featured as himself in A Long way from Home, a stay-at-home documentary/concert created by Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood, WA. Other engagements in 2020 included his role debut as Tamino in The Magic Flute with Opera Iowa, touring performances as Ranger Dudley in Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, and concert appearances as the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vivaldi’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra.

 

 

Meet Sophia Byrd!

Sophia Byrd is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Lyric Theatre program. They began their career singing with the Chicago Children’s Choir where they were able to perform Otello and Carmina Burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti. They have performed alongside artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Hudson, Kurt Elling, and Chance the Rapper. Their song, “I See the Light,” was featured in the Spike Lee original motion picture Chiraq. Sophia made their New York debut in the world premiere of Ted Hearne’s Grammy nominated Place, followed by Tony Award nominee Heidi Rodewald’s The Good Swimmer at the BAM Next Wave Festival. They were featured in Lyric Theatre @ Illinois and Krannert Performing Arts Center’s production of Crazy for You and placed first at Chicago NATS 2019 for college women, second year. Sophia was Woman 1 in Lyric Theatre @ Illinois’ production in Songs for a New World and Eve in Rev23 at the New York Prototype Festival. In 2020-2021, they played Geraldine in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, was the music director for Illini Student Musical’s Little Women, and directed and choreographed Lyric Theatre @ Illinois’ Freshman Showcase. Sophia recently became a 2021 Grammy Nominee for their collaborative work on the “Original Cast Recording of Place”. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sophia developed their debut solo album to be released in August of 2021.

 

 

 

 

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