Cabaret on the Lake


Join Three Cat Productions for Cabaret on the Lake.  Cabaret on the Lake is a free, monthly variety show giving singers, storytellers, comedians, performance artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and solo artists of every type a place to develop their work.

Held the 2nd Friday of the month at the Berger Park Cultural Center, experienced performers split the bill with artists learning their craft or trying new material for the first time. Hosted by Rob Dorn – singer, storyteller, national Broadway musical theater tour veteran, and Green Mill regular.

Chances are good Cabaret on the Lake will show you something or someone you’ve never seen before. And it’s a great way to get taste of Three Cat for free!

Want to see a history of past performers, visit our performance timeline here.

Up Next:


November 11, 2016 at 7:30pm, with host Rob Dorn

Featuring: Ren Lara, Stephanie Medlock, Francesca Peppiatt, Maddy Warner, and Costa Lapaseotes

About the Performers

ren-laraA Los Angeles native, Ren Lara begin as a dancer and studied and performed in and around Southern Californian, later in Ireland and the Chicagoland area.  In LA, Ren performed in The  Electrical Parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, and at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach.  In Ireland, Ren performed at the National Concert Hall of Ireland in a production of The Merry Widow, and in Carousel with the Coolmines Theatre Company.

Ren studied at The Debbie Reynolds Studio, and Joe Tremaine Dance Studio.


Chicago-based comedian Costa Lapaseotes watches a lot of TV shows and movies. He can costathroneanswer any butchery-related questions you may have after the show.  He has played Dangerfield’s in New York and is the producer, host and director of the CostaCoast cabaret, which happens occasionally.  He is probably best known for his role as Samson D’Jackal in the informational webseries “Your Baby My Body” (, as well as one Funny or Die Video called “Rooftop Gardening Tips”.  Costa grew up on a farm in Nebraska.  He is a comedian based in Chicago.


stephanie-medlockStephanie Wilson Medlock has been writing and telling stories since composing and illustrating her first book of fairytales at the age of ten.

She began performing stories in public five years ago.  In 2013, she helped found Indigan Storyteller, an organization that provides courses and performance opportunities to storytellers   in Indiana and Michigan. Stephanie is also the 2016 director of the San Miguel International Storytelling Festival, which will take place October 13-14, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Stephanie’s Novel, The Lives of Things, was published in 2013. In addition to her book, Stephanie has published short stories and memoirs in magazines such as “Feathered Flounder,” “Persimmon Tree,” and “Tues/Night, and in books such as Celebrating Animal Rescue, and Undeniably Indiana.


francesca_02Francesca Peppiatt is a writer and performer who lives with her husband, writer Douglas Tonks, in Chicago.

She received an Emmy nomination for her writing on Country Notes, an entertainment news magazine show on The Nashville Network (TNN). Her other television work includes production stints with TV icons Dick Clark, Love Connection, and Hee Haw. She has also appeared on The Paula Poundstone Show with Paula and Lily Tomlin, on The Rosie O’Donnell Show as part of the “Rosie look-a-like” audience, and tap-dancing in a film choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Trained with Second City in Santa Monica.

In Chicago, Francesca performed in Tony’n’Tina’s Wedding, Lust’n’Rust: The Trailer Park Musical, and numerous other productions in Chicago. Francesca is the Producing Artistic Director of Stockyards Theatre Project, playwright, actor, the author of 4 books and is currently writing the book and lyrics for an upcoming musical.


2016 Upcoming Performances – Save the Date!


December 9, 2016 at 7:30pm, with host Rob Dorn

Featuring: Martha Razo, Jeremy Owens