Absent Friends puts on Rocky Horror spectacle

They’ve done the time warp again. Ottawa’s Absent Friends Shadow Cast performed for the seventh year in a row at the Mayfair Theatre’s Halloween screening of the 1975 film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to a sold-out crowd. Shadow casts, comprised of a group of actors, perform the movie live along with the film. Sam Kellerman, director and lead performer of the Absent Friends, said he was excited to have brought his own troupe to the Mayfair once again for the spooky season. “There’s been very little rehearsal process,” explained Kellerman, who played hyper-sexual scientist, Dr. Frank N. Furter. “Most of the actors have been playing with me from anywhere between two to six years. We all pretty much know […]

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Review: Carleton Musical Theatre Society’s Cabaret

Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, where troubles disappear as scantily-clad girls and boys prance on stage, and alcohol intoxicates the senses. But beware of what sinister realities the painted smiles and flashy costumes conceal at Carleton Musical Theatre Society’s (CMTS) production of Cabaret. The year is 1929, when American writer Clifford Bradshaw (Kyle Villeneuve) arrives at a Berlin boarding house in hopes of finding inspiration for a new novel. He is promptly distracted by the city’s vivid nightlife, exemplified by the Kit Kat Klub, a racy cabaret headlined by the vainglorious yet charming British performer Sally Bowles (Kelsey Lee). But all is not well in Berlin—with the rise of Nazi politics, the carefree lifestyle is compromised as tensions rise […]

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Cabaret shines spotlight on musical theatre society

The Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS) opened their production of Cabaret on Feb. 3, their first show as a Carleton club. Cabaret follows the story of a young man as he moves to Berlin at the start of the 1930s and experiences the world of seedy nightclubs and constant partying. According to Madie Jolliffe, one of the club’s co-founders and director of the show, Cabaret was “the perfect choice” for  CMTS’ first performance. “The musical director, Chris Santillán, who’s also the [club’s] co-founder and co-president and [is] producing the show, he saw Cabaret a couple times on Broadway when he was there and said ‘Madie, we’ve got to do Cabaret,’” Jolliffe said. According to Sam Kellerman, a local actor who […]

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