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“Cabaret” opens at Rabbit Run Theater


MADISON, OH – Historic Rabbit Run Theater ends its 2023 summer season with the musical “Cabaret”, opening August 11 and running through August 26.

“Cabaret”, August 11 – 26 (August 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26)
Box office: 440-428-7092, Wed. – Sun., 3 – 7 p.m.

In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920’s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies, portrayed by Ian Jones, welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the “Cabaret.” With the Emcee’s bawdy songs as wry commentary, “Cabaret” explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

“Cabaret”, with a book written by Joe Masteroff, is based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. Music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and includes musical numbers “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Two Ladies.”

The show is directed by Brint Learned, executive director at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA). Learned has acted and directed for over 20 years at area theaters, including The Fine Arts Association, Rabbit Run Theater, Lake Erie College, The Beck Center, Lakeland Civic Theatre and Ashtabula Arts Center.

Musical direction is provided by Jonathan Gordon, who also serves as the president of the board of directors for RRCAA. Gordon was most recently the music director for Rabbit Run’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” last season.

Choreography for the show is created by Heather Felden, an instructor and fieldwork coordinator for Lakeland Community College. Felden has collaborated with Rabbit Run for nearly twenty years as an instructor, choreographer, camp director and performer.

Those appearing in the musical include Sandy Kosovich Peck as Fraulein Schnneider, who owns a boarding house and tentatively starts a romance with Herr Schultz played by Tom Hill, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Peck has performed in Rabbit Run’s “Always . . . Patsy Cline” as Louise and directed “Dancing at Lughnasa” at Rabbit Run earlier this summer.

Also appearing are Josh Houston as young American writer Clifford Bradshaw; Kelly Smith as English singer Sally Bowles, and Nick Grimsic as Ernst Ludwig.

Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrun.org. Tickets are $27, adult; $25, senior and student. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

The show is rated for mature audiences.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.

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While at the theater patrons have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for Bunny Bucks Cash Raffle, RRCAA’s annual fundraiser.

The Grand Prize is $10,000; second place prize is $4,000, and the third place prize is $1,000. Twenty-two additional Bonus Prizes, each with a value of at least $100, are being awarded weekly through Aug. 21.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each. The cash prizes will be announced Aug. 26. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913 or online at rabbitrun.org.

All shows for “Cabaret” begin at 7:30 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing and Heating and Huffman-Mayer –Paolo Wealth Management Group.

Rabbit Run Theater also appreciates the support from the Lake County Visitors Bureau and their Arts & Culture Grant program.

Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of RRCAA, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.


Pictured are Kelly Smith as Sally Bowles and Ian Jones as the emcee.
Photo credit: Kathy Sandham.

Press release submitted by:
Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group sales
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St., Madison, OH 44057
440-428-5913 |rabbitrun.org

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Before you go:

Purchase tickets ahead of time by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrun.org.
Dress for the weather. On beautiful days the doors are opened during the productions.
Picnic tables are available.
Limited refreshments are also available.
Parking is free.

Where to enjoy dinner before the show:

Brennan’s Fish House (14 miles)
Crosswinds Grille – Geneva-on-the-Lake (10 miles)
Grand River Cellars Winery – Madison (10 miles)
Pickle Bill’s Lobster House – Grand River (14 miles)
Silvestro’s Depot Cafe – Painesville (12 miles)

Nearby attractions:

4th largest Amish Country – Geauga County
Covered Bridges (19) – Ashtabula County
Geneva-on-the-Lake – Ashtabula County
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Mentor
Lake County Captains – Mentor
Lake County History Center – Mentor
Lake Metroparks Farmpark – Kirtland

Where to stay:

There are two hotels located just off the freeway in Madison. The Hampton Inn- Madison and the Holiday Inn Express.  Other options available are the Hampton Inn – AshtabulaPunderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, the Comfort Inn Painesville, Hampton Inn & Suites Mentor and/or Lawnfield Inn & Suites Mentor.  For those who also want to spend  time in Ohio’s Wine Country, we would suggest The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake or The Lakehouse Inn.

Local Visitor Information:

Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Destination Geauga
Lake County Visitor Bureau


Akron – 75 miles
Ashtabula – 19 miles
Canton – 87 miles
Cleveland – 45 miles
Columbus – 215 miles
Erie, PA – 65 miles
Medina – 70 miles
Pittsburgh – 140 miles
Youngstown – 70 miles


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