A night of fun entertainment and the unexpected awaits ticket holders to Greenwood Community Theatre’s second cabaret-style fundraiser at 7 p.m. July 27.
Ryan S. Hewitt, GCT’s artistic director and youth and outreach coordinator, said the evening begins with desserts and drinks, on the GCT stage, and the show starts at 8 p.m.
“Last year was my first time creating a show from scratch, pretty much,” Hewitt said. “We were trying to figure out who was going to perform and what songs, and how to tie it all together. It ended up much bigger, from a performance standpoint, than we expected. ... Now we’ve got to make it even better.”
Inn on the Square in Greenwood is helping with desserts again and Montague’s Restaurant and The Mill House are assisting with beer and wine for the cabaret.
Claire Griffith with Inn on the Square said the theme of this fundraiser lends itself to inspiration from bold colors like reds and blacks and accents such as feathers and pearls.
While this year’s dessert menu is still being finalized, Griffith said the cabaret theme allows the inn’s culinary staff to “get funky and creative.”
Tickets for this event are limited and they are already selling well.
Hewitt said, “It will be a night full of surprises, and we will have a champagne toast at the end of the night.”
“Everybody seems to enjoy this,” Hewitt said. “We try to do a mix of musical theater standards that people love and we do things from some newer shows. ... We’re doing some really fun things.”
For example, Joseph Strickland and Byron Hilley are singing “Sisters” from “White Christmas,” Hewitt said. “They are both very good comedic actors and for them to sing that is going to be funny. We also have some really fun group numbers planned this year.”
Hewitt said he is doing a song this year that he is very excited about, one that he would not normally sing.
“We had fun with my song last year and we will have fun with my song again,” Hewitt said. “There’s going to be a lot of laughs and some really beautiful numbers.”
Expect songs from shows including “Jersey Boys,” “Chicago,” “Wicked,” “Les Miserables” and a whole lot more.
Sixteen different numbers are planned, Hewitt said, with accompaniment by Rodney Cleveland. Penguin Project performers will be among those singing, as well as various performers singing selections from each of the upcoming musicals for the 2020 season.
“We will be announcing the season during the cabaret,” Hewitt said. “That’s another incentive to attend this, to hear what we are doing. Out of our six shows, five have never been performed on our stage before.”
Once the season is announced, applications will be available for those wishing to fill various production staff positions for 2020 season shows, including directing, designing, choreographing and stage managing, to name a few, Hewitt said.
“It’s a great way for us to be able to expand our group of artists,” Hewitt said. “There are just three of us here who are salaried employees.”
Proceeds from the cabaret benefit GCT’s community outreach and production quality, Hewitt said.
“We have a red carpet for the cabaret and this is a nice get-dressed-up event geared toward adults,” Hewitt said. “Proceeds from this help us keep the doors open and keep people enjoying the theater.”