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​ Neighborhood Arts Troupe

The Cabaret Theatre Neighborhood Arts Troupe is putting the finishing touches on its production of  Peter Pan Jr.!

4 PERFORMANCES ONLY!!!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY MATINEES:  2:00 PM
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NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS TROUPE (N.A.T.)

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contact Jennifer D'Souza at 724-448-0765 or [email protected], or Kathleen Essig at 724-995-8264 or [email protected]

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The Cabaret Theatre Neighborhood Arts Troupe is a group of homeschooled young people who meet once a week for an entire semester and learn the basics of voice, choreography, and acting.  The instruction culminates in a  performance at the end of the term.


















The objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation in the basic elements of a Theatre Arts Education and thereby foster a positive self-image and increased self-confidence.



Alice in Wonderland, Jr.
In production

N.A.T. Participants in choreography rehearsal for The Stranger, an original Christmas musical.
​(November 2017)

In Rehearsal

May, 2018

NOT BROADWAY BOUND:
A Review of N.A.T.’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr. 

It’s unfortunate that this production of Alice only ran for two performances (May 18 & 19 at Latrobe United Methodist Church).  I regret that the run was not longer, not so much because more people would have seen the show, but rather because the short run deprived the cast of the opportunity to grow in their respective roles.  It is essential for young people to come to understand that a stage production is not at all like a movie.  When a movie is “in the can,” it is finished; it can never grow any more.  A play, however, is in a constant state of flux. It is never finished growing until the curtain falls on the last performance.

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This is not to say that this production was not ready to open.  It was.  And those who came to see the show saw a disciplined, and an enthusiastic presentation. The fact that this was a production whose cast ranged in age from 7 to 18 makes its readiness all the more remarkable.  And it underscores the reasons that programs like this are valuable.
Some theatre programs for young people pride themselves on being preparatory to a career in acting.  The Cabaret Theatre Neighborhood Arts Troupe is not at all geared to “professional development.”  Rather, N.A.T. uses the tools of theatre to encourage personal development, self-confidence, poise, mutual respect, and grace under pressure.  These are the qualities that we believe will be helpful to young people in any career they eventually choose.  Of course, if the stage or screen ends up being the career for one or two of them, they will be well-served by these qualities as well.
Alice in Wonderland, Jr. was delightful.  The entire play was set inside a frame that used the song “Very Good Advice” to very good effect.  In the beginning of the show, the very good advice was this:  if you are “suffering” through difficult times, creating something, whether it’s a play or a painting, is a sure cure.  In the end, the reprise of the song suggests that “Wonderland is a place where children all must go if you want them to grow properly.”  That is to say if you want them to  have a good grasp on who they are and where they fit in. 
Sandwiched inside the frame were a host of wacky characters who all attempt to influence Alice in one way or the other.  The White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, Tweedle-dee & Tweedle dum, DoDo Bird, the Queen (and King) of Hearts, the Caterpillar and of course the Cheshire Cats (yes, there were three of them and each more mischievous than the other) all were colorfully costumed and delivered equally colorful and energetic performances as did all of the various and sundry “critters” found in Wonderland. The choreography was imaginative and, I must say, all-inclusive.  Kudos to the choreographer who managed not to exclude even the youngest of the actors from the big numbers.  The music as a whole was a wonderful blend of full-orchestra sound track and keyboard masterfully handled by Music Director Cindy Baltzer.  It’s rare to see two different styles blended so well.  I must say, however, that the Busby Berkeley effect conceived by choreographer Nicole Paluzzi and executed by the flowers of the “Golden Afternoon” was a high point of the show, for me—even though the choreography was not nearly so exhausting as the frenetic fun the cast had in “The Caucus Race.”  It’s not often that one can see such grandiose choreography on such a small stage.
All in all, N.A.T.’s production of Alice in Wonderland, Jr. was well worth the price of admission.  A great big thank you to all who came to see the show and a sincere invitation to everyone to come see what we will prepare for you in the Fall. 
When it comes time for our Fall production, we hope to double our run to at least four performances.  This will allow for some growth and for a lot more people to see the disciplined work of these young people.
Yes, it’s true that this production is not bound FOR Broadway, but in all fairness, our production was “bound TO Broadway” in the professional way that everyone involved approached the work. The Cabaret Theatre N.A.T. did it the right way!


Dear Homeschoolers...

     Your faith in the kind of theatre training we can offer is much appreciated and it is an honor now to have you as an official part of The Cabaret Theatre.  Working with you, I can see that each one of you is striving to your absolute best when it comes to a production and that attitude fits in perfectly with the Cabaret philosophy.  I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with you.
                                                                                                                      John Carosella, Artistic Director

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