HILLSBORO, OR – A Tony Award winner, an internationally acclaimed Musical Theatre Director, a celebrated tap dancer and choreographer, one of the world’s most accomplished bassoonists, the entire Bag&Baggage Resident Acting Company, a former star of the Jefferson Dancers, and more than 2 hours of music, dance, poetry, and comedy…all to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to raise funds for the Portland Area Theatre Alliance’s Valentine Fund.
The third annual Cabaret Cupid, presented by Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre company Bag&Baggage Productions, will take place at The Venetian Theatre on February 14th, 2016 at 7:30pm. Cabaret Cupid is a cabaret-style evening of musical acts, comedians, poetry recitals, dramatic scenes and other romance-themed entertainment to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
“The Portland theatre community has pulled out all the stops this year,” said Scott Palmer, Artistic Director of Bag&Baggage Productions. “Our third annual Cabaret Cupid is literally crammed full of some of the very best and most talented performers from throughout the region.” More than 30 performers will join together to provide more than 2 hours of entertainment.
“Cabaret Cupid has become something of a local tradition here,” said Palmer, who will emcee the event. “Over the past three years, we have had a huge range of entertainers volunteer their time to the event, and this year really turned out to be a remarkable group.”
Among the headliners for Cabaret Cupid are Corey Brunish (an actor, producer, and 6-time Tony Award nominee), Dan Murphy (General Manager of the Broadway Rose Theatre Company and nationally recognized musical theatre performer), Adam Stell and Thomas Yale (choreographers and tap-dancers), and Carin Packwood (principal bassoonist of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra), among many, many others.
“This year’s event promises to be filled with more music, more comedy, and more romance than ever,” said Palmer. “And what is even better is that a portion of the proceeds from the evening goes to support the Portland Area Theatre Alliance’s (PATA) Valentine Fund.”
PATA started The Valentine Fund in 1987 as a way of providing financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community who were experiencing medical or personal emergency. “For example, an actor whose home is destroyed by a natural disaster or who is unable to pay for high cost medical procedures can apply to the Valentine Fund for support,” said Beth Lewis, Bag&Baggage’s Managing Director and PATA Board Member. “It is an important, and often life-saving, resource for Portland’s theatre community.”
Tickets for Cabaret Cupid are $30 or $50 per couple and can be purchased online at www.bagnbaggage.org or by calling the box office at 503 345 9590. More information and the full line-up of performers can be found online at the Bag&Baggage website.
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February 14, 2016 at 7:30pm
The Venetian Theatre
253 E Main Street – Hillsboro, OR 97123
Tickets: $30 per person or $50 per couple
Box Office: 503 345 9590 or online at www.bagnbaggage.org
As a producer, Brunish has been nominated for 6 Tony Awards and has won 2. This season he has 3 shows running on Broadway. He has been a producer on 6 Broadway cast recordings, one of which was nominated for a Grammy. He is also the recipient of the Drama desk, Drama League and Outer Critic’s Awards. Brunish has directed regionally, coast to coast and has served as an Assistant Director on Broadway. He made his Bway CD debut in the most recent recording of Jekyll & Hyde playing Jekyll’s solicitor Utterson. His CD’s have buyers in Canada, Europe, UK, France, Japan and Russia as well as the US.His newest release will appear on the label owned by Universal Studios. He has appeared at various NYC nightclubs including 54 Below. He has also appeared on TV and in films, most recently on GRIMM (episode 4-12). As a resident of Portland for over 34 years, Brunish is grateful to work in his home town.
Dan Murphy is the founding GM of The Broadway Rose Theatre Company. They have been producing live theatre in Tigard since 1992. He has directed and/or choreographed and occasionally appeared in over 45 productions throughout the company’s history. He is an award winning director, choreographer, and actor. Some local companies he’s worked with are Pixie Dust Productions, Lakewood Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, and Stumptown Stages. Some other companies he’s worked with but have since closed (through no fault of his) include Magdelyn Theatre Co., The Musical Theatre Co. and Portland Rep. His work has taken him to Birmingham, AL, Sanford, NC, Fort Collins, CO, and Lancaster, PA, as well as the riverboats along the Willamette, Columbia, and Mississippi Rivers.
Addam Stell & Thomas Yale
Addam Stell has performed and choreographed throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada for thirty-five years. Addam has been featured in local productions of Anything Goes, Funny Girl, 42nd Street, and Music Man, while developing and touring with his own tap company, “Tap Cats”. He was a member of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble and Foot and Fiddle Dance Company in New York City from 2003-2009 and has taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States. Currently, he is working as a Child and Family Therapist in Portland while choreographing for dance schools in the Pacific Northwest.
Thomas Yale is a well-known local choreographer, and an international performer. Starting his dance career in Portland with the Jefferson Dancers, he spent over six years building and solidifying his skills as an artist. Recent credits include wear testing shoes at Nike for recording artist Justin Timberlake, choreographing for Nike and Doernbecher’s annual “Freestyle” clothing exposé, and filming for Season 5 of the TV show “Dance Moms.”
Carin Miller Packwood
Carin Miller Packwood is the principal bassoonist of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her recent move to Portland, Ms. Packwood held principal bassoon positions with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, New World Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and received fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center in 2002 and 2003.
Contact: Scott Palmer
503 516 4840