Performing Cabaret (Adult Class)

Performing Cabaret (Adult Class)


Performing Cabaret

Led by Gail Becker

Mondays from 7pm-9pm

Start date: January 21, 2019

End Date: February 25, 2019

Final Performance Date: February 25

Tuition: $250

No Drop In, full tuition only

ADULTS only, must be 21 of over

Class size limit: 12

Location: TDB

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Class Description

Cabaret is its own, identifiable art form, distinctive from musical theatre, nightclub singing, or a concert. The most essential elements of cabaret are simple: a performer in a small room with an audience at close range, seated around cozy tables, with the performer mere feet from the audience.

This six week course with help you learn the techniques to create your own cabaret. Weeks will focus on song selection, patter, microphone use, audience communication, and through line. The final week will culminate with a live public performance of the pieces you have worked on over the course. The class is open to 12 participants, ages 21 and older.

About Your Instructor

Gail Becker has been no stranger to the cabaret world, having been at it for over twenty-five years. A native Chicagoan, Gail began her cabaret career there and helped open Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret. She has been heard at many venues all over the country including:

West End Cafe, NY, NY

The Plush Room, San Francisco, CA

Park West, Chicago, IL

Drury Lane Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

The Royal George Theatre Cabaret Room, Chicago, IL

Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret, Chicago, IL

Overture Center, Madison, WI

The Brink, Madison, WI

The Comedy Club, Madison, WI

Portage Center For The Arts, Portage, WI

Pop's for Champagne, Chicago, IL

University Club, Chicago, IL

The Mercury Theatre, Chicago, IL

Skokie Theatre, Skokie, IL

Royal Poinciana Country Club, Naples, FL

Solo performances include her critically acclaimed show "Can't Stop Talking" the music of Betty Hutton. Lighting up Davenport's Cabaret Room in Chicago, Jeff Rossen of Cabaret Scenes named it one of the Top Ten Cabaret Shows of 2002. "Becker creates nothing less than pure magic." (****)

Gail performed for over 10 years with her wildly successful trio group, 3Girls3. Their top shows were Back To Bacharach, From Boswell Sisters and Beyond, and He’s A Miracle: The Genius of Barry Manilow. Her highly anticipated debut album Small Day Tomorrow was produced in Chicago and released May of 2006. A collection of jazz and cabaret songs, Gail spans decades of genres from the early 1940's standards to the intricate 3 part harmonies of Stephen Sondheim. "Though she can play it cool in such an environment, a bent for drama and sensitivity may be more her natural instinct. The album is varied not only in musical style, but attitude as well. It's more about communication and making an emotional point. ... the title song (Bob Dorough/ Fran Landesman) and the opener, "The Friendliest Thing." ... They also present Gail in fine form, sounding confident and in charge." Rob Lester Talkin' Broadway.

Gail still performs regularly at theatres and clubs.  She jumps back on stage when given the opportunity. Most recently she’s performed Mae in Tuck Everlasting and Mazeppa in Gypsy. Gail is also the Director of Education for Capital City Theatre, a music director, and voice over artist, and resides in Madison, WI. You can learn more about her at: