Three Cat Productions presents “Cabaret on the Lake” at Berger Park Coach House through out the summer.
July 19th at 7:30pm
Songs My Mother Never Taught Me
starring Jason Paul Smith, Three Cat Productions, Artistic Director
Directed by Deanna Moffit
Accompanied by Anastasia Black and Patrick Martin
“Songs My Mother Never Taught Me” celebrates Smith’s experience being raised in North Dakota and the influences of great North Dakotan musicians Peggy Lee and Lawrence Welk.
Jason Paul Smith started his career as actor, director, producer in 1980 having created the stage version of The Muppet Movie. Running 37 performances, it was witness by 39 stuffed animals, two adults, and one angry pre-teen. This memorable performance spawned an early career in the theater that included performances in every local theater, that means one, in Valley City, North Dakota. This eventually led him to earn a degree in Theater from the University of Minnesota.
His theater career has included a wide array of opportunities including, Barnaby Tucker in The Matchmaker, Frank ‘n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, and Flan Kitridge in Six Degrees of Separation. He also wrote, directed and starred in Consulting Mavis or How I Got My Ass Out of North Dakota and Remained Sane. Directing credits include Hello Dolly for the Lakeshore Players and Sunday in the Park with George for Crisis Point Theater.
Smith decided to land a job in corporate America. Working in the Marketing departments of three major corporations in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he learned important marketing strategies and skills, from packaging and branding to marketing campaign strategy and event planning.
July 12 at 7:30pm
Bethany Thomas: Live in Concert
Bethany Thomas cannot. wait. to sing for you. A genre-bending performer, her eclectic credits include: South Pacific (Marriott Lincolnshire), Hairspray (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Hair (Paramount Theatre); Porgy and Bess (Court Theatre); She Loves Me (Writers’ Theatre); Sweet and Hot (Theo Ubique); also work with Porchlight, TimeLine, Chicago Children’s Theatre, BoHo, ATC, Congo Square and Light Opera Works- her theatre work has garnered her a Black Theatre Alliance Award, an After Dark Award, and four Jeff nominations. OR you may have seen her singing showtunes/rock/folk/soul/country/blues anywhere from the Pritzker Pavillion, to the Park West, to the Double Door, to the Hideout- you can ‘Like’ her on facebook to hear about where she’ll pop up next! BT is a regular contributor to the Paper Machete at the legendary Green Mill- often with her acoustic trio, Bethany & the Two Johns. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and works for Broadway In Chicago. Thanks to Rob and Three Cat Productions for having me!!
June 21 at 7:30pm
The Judy Garland Duets
starring Rob Dorn and Laura Freeman
Directed by Jason Smith
Musical Direction by Beckie Menzie
With George Howe on piano
Join Rob Dorn and Laura Freeman as they pay tribute to the incomparable Judy Garland and her famous duets with such luminaries as Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney and others. Not only is this a retrospective of Garland’s career, but of classic, nostalgic Hollywood and Dorn and Freeman’s mutual love of one of the most beloved entertainers of all time.