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‘Come to the Cabaret’ in Delano Saturday
March 12, 2012

DELANO, MN – Delano’s musical talent will explode on stage at the Saturday, March 17 fundraiser, “Come to the Cabaret,” at the Delano Senior Center.

Tickets for this elegant dinner and spectacular show are available at the Delano Senior Center, 234 Second Street, or by calling (763) 972-0574. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, and $10 for children under 12.

Appearing in the production will be a wide variety of local musicians, both vocal and instrumental. The performers include students at Delano public schools, members of local church choirs and community ensembles, and professional performers.

Here is a brief glimpse of the performers:

Claire and Kate Bruhn

The joy of singing and the thrill of performance have filled the lives of these middle school students from the time they learned music was much more than talking. Katie and Claire display their lovable and charming personalities, along with their father, Brad, their grandfather, Clarence “Deacon,” and uncle, Greg. They have recorded jingles in a professional studio and perform in the middle school choir and community theater productions.

Linda Eckman

Linda is a devotee of musical theater and performance. She has performed in Buffalo Community Theater performances, and most recently, in a city of Plymouth musical review. She sings with The Leagueaires and the Minnetonka Choral Society. She has served as an arts advocate for Delano public schools, and collects vintage sheet music for historical purposes and for performance.

Joe Henry

Joe has made an imprint on the music scene in Delano as music director for the Delano Catholic Community. He is also an adjunct instructor at Concordia University, and an enlisted member of the US Army Reserve. Joe has undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a doctorate in vocal accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently completing a doctorate in organ performance from the University of Minnesota.

Peg Janisch

Her love of musical theater has made Peg a popular presence on the local and regional entertainment scene. In addition to her one-woman show, “Some Other Girl,” credits include Agnes in “I Do!, I Do!,” Sister Amnesia in “Nunsense,” Aunt Polly in “Pollyanna,” and Amahl’s mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Her musical talent has charmed audiences far-and-wide, and Peg is recognized for her commitment to the performing arts.

Rich Kubista

Rich has entertained audiences locally and in the metro area for 20 years. His experience in a wide variety of performance venues has given him an opportunity to do what he loves – create roles that capture the gamut of human experience, from “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and the prestigious St. Paul Schubert Club.

Dennis McKee

Dennis started his interest in music in fourth grade, when he picked up a drum, and he has never looked back. In college, he expanded to choral music, and has sung in church, seminary, and community choirs ever since. A high point in his career was appearing with his daughter in community productions while living in Liverpool. His favorite role was Freddy Eynsfold-Hill in “My Fair Lady.”

Brad Pappas

Fresh from his leading role in the 4 Community Theater production of “Oklahoma!,” Brad has been interested in musicals since his introduction to live theatre in high school. His stage credits include performances in “West Side Story,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Cabaret,” and “The Fantasticks.” His wife and four children are greeted most mornings with Brad’s lively shower concerts.

Mark Reitan

Mark has been active in theatre since high school. He has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and theatre from Concordia College. He enjoys singing in the Wells Fargo Chorus and is involved in his church music programs, along with his wife, Gale, who is pastor of Lyndale Lutheran Church. Mark isn’t the only family member who will appear in “Cabaret.” His son, Oliver, sings with the Sound Revolution.

Mike Schaefer

Since the age of 10, Mike has used his vocal talents to entertain and inspire. He is a choir member and cantor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano, where his interpretation of liturgical music inspires parishioners. He has also performed professionally in choral groups in the metro area. For 11 years, he performed with the Minnesota Opera, and has also sung with the distinguished Minnesota Choral.

Soul Sisters

A lifelong love of music and a zest for the stage have brought together five Delano women in a spirited quintet that entertains audiences and uplifts the human spirit with song. Meagan Phillips, Sheri Steinmetz, Sara Triplett, Kathy Kurtz, and Becca Schaffner met through the music program at St. Peter’s Church, and have expanded their repertoire to include popular, jazz, doo-wop, and swing numbers. Their a cappella sound is filled with rich intonation and rhythmic vitality.

Sound Revolution

Savanah Bettin, Amanda Goedeke, Drew Hamer, Alexander Huss, Amanda Keranen, Makenzie Kirk, Emma Kopp, Matthew Kraus, Mackenzie Krause, Joshua Lawman, Amelia Lax, Danielle. McKay, Nicholas Meyerson, Brady Nieman, Nicholas Niesen, Benjamin Nolan, Serena Petersen, Ryan Pinoniemi, Oliver Reitan, Dabrina Rolf, Ellie Schmidt, Victoria Schaffner, John Stanek, and Peter Swenson – their names tell a bit about Sound Revolution.

From the minute they step on stage, these talented musicians explode with energy and excitement. Comprised of 24 Delano High School students, this mixed chamber ensemble performs varied musical genres. A prominent presence in the community, Sound Revolution has appeared at the Christmas tree lighting, the Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration, and school assemblies. A highlight of their performance schedule was an appearance at a Minnesota Twins game, singing the national anthem. Director Andrew Beard is choral director at Delano High School.

Katie Stevens

Katie is a senior at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, where she has a double-major in music and math. She plays piano, organ, and harp, and feels she is blessed with opportunities to utilize her musical gifts by playing for church services, accompanying the college choir, and volunteering for various events.

Alyssa Trautman

With a sparkle in her eye and a song in her heart, Alyssa has entertained audiences for most of her young life. A sixth-grader at Delano Middle School, Alyssa has appeared on stages as varied as Target Field and St. Mary’s Basilica. Her love of music has taken Alyssa to a variety of venues, and has made her a popular entertainer throughout central Minnesota. She has twice performed the lead role in “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” and has appeared with the Kenny Kiser Show, and in many roles at Delano Middle School.

Kailyn Warne

At a young age, on her great grandmother’s piano, Kailyn’s fascination with music and performing began, and it has never stopped. Taking lessons since first grade from Trish Hurd-Paczkowski, and now teaching piano to neighborhood children, this ninth-grader at Delano High School shares her keyboard talents with school and community. Kailyn’s goal is to play professionally. Her classical training and growing experience lead her in that direction.

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