Venice Cabaret Theatre will return at 8 p.m. Saturday August 30th, to the Blankenship Ballet Studio, 132 Brooks Ave., Venice.
Co-producers Mark Blankenship and Lauri Reimer say they are excited to watch the cabaret series evolve into not only a musical show but a spontaneous, creative happening that offers new and exciting performances embracing every genre of Venice’s artistic community.
Each month the Venice Cabaret Theatre transforms the historic Blankenship Ballet Studio into a 1920’s French-style cabaret, much like the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris.
The Blankenship Ballet Studio has become a creative force to be reckoned with in Venice. Impresario Mark Blankenship is responsible for bringing this ballroom back to life in 2007 when he carefully renovated and restored the space, creating the home for the Blankenship Ballet Company of Venice, which features Cuban-trained dancers led by Bertha Suarez Blankenship, the prima ballerina and artistic director.
The next Venice Cabaret Theatre will feature singer/songwriter and comedienne Kathy Leonardo as emcee, along with singer/songwriter Alfred Johnson, who as musical host will keep the show moving with his animated lyrics and theatrical flair.
Also on the bill, from Italy, are Elena Degl’innocenti & the Innocents, the Blankenship studio’s Maria Fabian, a cabaret act with ZAN and Patrick Barnitt.
Other dance acts are in store, including Silfredo La O Vigo, former lead dancer with the Cutumba Ballet FolklÛrico de Santiago de Cuba performing authentic cabaret samba with samba dancers.
The last Venice Cabaret Theatre featured Venice local Stefani Valadez and her ensemble, headlining the evening with spiritual, world beat music with a Middle Eastern flavor. Other musical talents included Richard Stekol, Jane St. Clair. Jodi Siegel and Michael Mishaw.
Poetry was read by local resident Denise Fast, and guests received a “teaser” by Maria Fabian, an 81-year-old blues singer who will be featured in the August 30th show. Admission is $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. “Dine & Show” packages are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Information, www.myspace .com/VeniceCabaretTheatre or www.BlankenshipBallet.com/.