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Successful Cabaret Night Calls for Encore
By Louise Seeholzer
The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and Clague Playhouse hit a grand slam homerun on March 3, 2012, without using a ball and bat. A Cabaret Night, the fundraising event co-sponsored by these groups, had the aura of success from beginning to end.
Over 200 guests gathered at Wagner’s County Inn generating a positive energy that continued to build during the evening filled with socialization, tempting auction items, good food and fine entertainment. The sellout crowd was welcomed by WWAC president Marge Widmar and Clague Playhouse president Lillian Boehmer, who expressed gratitude for the wonderful support for the arts that the overflow audience represented.
Master of Ceremonies Greg Violand and his wife Maryann Nagel co-produced the entertainment, which followed the dinner. Violand and Nagel began the show with a George Burns and Gracie Allen routine that had an audience of all ages laughing.
In addition to Violand and Nagel, gifted vocalists Tina D. Stump, Dyan Beder, Darryl Lewis and Paul Floriano performed well-chosen songs from a variety of musicals. They were accompanied by keyboardist Tom Bonezzi. The talented entertainers provided ample reason for applause, which the audience generously provided.
Audience and entertainers gave a warm welcome to TV personality, journalist and author Dick Feagler. He delighted all by reading his column describing a typical hot summer day when he was a boy, before air conditioning and plastic pools were common place. This wordsmith extraordinaire paints pictures with words and takes his listeners right into the scene.
The success of this initial collaboration between WWAC and Clague Playhouse was clearly heard from many voices remarking that the event should be repeated next year. A Cabaret Night may turn out to be a happy beginning.
Read the review of the W-WAC Cabaret Night and view Cabaret photos that were published in March 2012's Currents Magazine.
Currents Cabaret Night Review.pdf
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Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and Clague Playhouse, Inc.
would like to thank everyone for attending the Cabaret event and supporting two of Westlake’s 501(c)3 organizations.
We would also like to take this time to give a special thank you to the following for their time, talent, energy and support of this event.
“A Cabaret Night” COMMITTEE MEMBERS *
Westlake-Westshore Arts Council Clague Playhouse, Inc.
Marge Widmar, President Lillian Boehmer, President *
Patt Long, 1st Vice Pres., Ways & Means * Bernice Bolek, Vice President
Jane Mueller, 2nd Vice Pres., Programs/Events Larry Tremaglio, Treasurer
Robert F. Scarr, Treasurer * Richie Lynch *
Carrie Beatty, Corresponding Secretary Marie Smith *
Lollie Cooley Margy Haas
Betty Lou Curatolo Russ Kilpatrick
Tony Granfors * Sharon Dane
Liz Hoffman * Katherine Harper
Emily Mano, Editor, Art Scene
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING DONORS & VOLUNTEERS
Keith Jenkins, Jenkins Funeral Home for donation of the tickets to the event
Pam Kilpatrick, Clague Playhouse Office Administrator
Georgene Granfors/Georgie Girl Entertainment, LLC, donation of audio equipment
Karen Biddulph, graphics for the postcards & posters
Dick Feagler, Friend of Clague Playhouse
Betsy Marshall, Cocktail Hour Keyboardist
Betty Lou Curatolo, West Shore Frames, procuring/collecting artwork, & framing service
Marge Widmar, procuring, collecting, organizing & labeling the artwork
Don & Liz Hoffman, Emily Mano, Janet Gordon, Patt Long, Richie Lynch, Tony Granfors, Bob Scarr, Marie Smith, Jane Mueller, Lillian Boehmer, Sharon Dane, & Bernice Bolek
All board members for obtaining the auction items & selling tickets
The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that has presented free cultural arts programming to our community since 1984. Our mission is to provide the Westlake and Westshore communities with an enhanced and broadened cultural life through the promotion, coordination and development of programs that will result in awareness, education and involvement in the arts.
Clague Playhouse, Inc. The mission of Clague Playhouse is to present quality entertainment, to provide an educational environment for all ages through the art of theater, and to serve community needs in providing cultural arts awareness. The 2012-2013 season will be Clague Playhouse’s 85th season!
We would like to thank all of the following generous donors for tonight’s Silent & Chinese Auction Items. Please support these fine establishments & patrons.
Agnes Bacon (Oil)
Barbara Hall (watercolor)
Bernie D’Ettore (watercolor)
Betty Lou Curatolo (photography)
Bill Mannion (housetrait - commission)
Bob Moyer (watercolor)
Bob Parry (photography)
Candice Lipton, (photography)
Christine England (print)
Chuck Wimmer (print)
David Baldanza (oil on canvas)
Ed Beyer (pastel)
George Kocar (acrylic)
Glenn Petranek (photograph)
Gordon Moellman (giclee print)
Janine Jacobs-Bileski (watercolor)
John Rehner (photography)
Joyce Wolfe (watercolor)
Judi Krew (print)
Marge Gulley, (print)
Marge Widmar (photomontage)
Mary Ann Popovich (porcelain vessel)
Patt Long (watercolor)
Paul Skyes, Beck Center (photography)
Phyllis Fannin (silk screen print)
Polly Barrett (watercolor)
Arrabiatta’s Italian Restaurant, Bay Village
B. Rozakis, Westlake
Basista Furniture, Parma
Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood
Bernice Bolek, Westlake
Big Boy Restaurant, Brookpark
Bob Scarr & Marge Widmar, Westlake
Body Waves Pilates, Westlake
Breadsmith of Lakewood
Bucca di Beppo Restaurant, Westlake
Champp’s Restaurant, Westlake
Clague Playhouse, Westlake
Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland
Cleveland Indians Organization
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland
Cosmic Collectibles, Lakewood
De Ja Vue Antiques, Lakewood
David & Carola Bamberger, Cleveland
Dodd Camera, Westlake
Don & Liz Hoffman, Westlake
Drew Hocevar Glass, Westlake
Elements Salon, Avon Lake
Five Seasons Family Sports Club, Westlake
Friends & Family-Caring & Sharing, Westlake
Funny Times Newspaper, Cleveland Heights
Fusions Spa, Inc., Fairview Park
Gray House Pies, Westlake
Heart Fit Yoga, Fairview Park
Heinen’s Grocery Store, Bay Village
James Hirschauer & Co. LPA, Rocky River
Jeff & Lynn Blakemore, Belle Mead, New Jersey
Jenkins Funeral Home, Westlake
Joanne Solecki, Westlake
John & Mary Griffiths, Rocky River
Joseph & Sandra Curatolo, Westlake
Kathy Wilhelmy Florist, N. Olmsted
Kids Cuts, Rocky River
La Campagna Restaurant, Westlake
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Bay Village
Laurice Skin Care & Spa, Pepper Pike
Lessons with Julie, Dance Studio, Rocky River
Lillian Boehmer, Westlake
Mahle’s Restaurant, Westlake
Malley’s Chocolates, Cleveland
Marie Smith/John Hancock Financial Network
Marge Gulley, Bay Village
Marlen Jewelers, Rocky River
Mary Jane Curatolo, Westlake
Minotti’s Wine & Liquor Store, Westlake
Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Westlake
O’Malley Rockcliff Restaurant, Rocky River
PS Copy, Westlake
Patt Long, Westlake
Plant Crafters, Westlake
Players on Madison Restaurant, Lakewood
Quadax Inc., Middleburg Hts.
R. Kurt Field, Handyman, Westlake
Rae Ann Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers, Westlake
Ralph & Barbara Daugstrup, Rocky River
Richie Lynch, Cleveland
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Sally’s Dance Studio, Rocky River
Salvatore Sidoti, Esq., Avon
Sharon Daugstrup-Dane & Sidney Solomon, Rocky River
Stylist Plus Salon, North Olmsted
Sweet Designs Chocolatier, Lakewood
Tony & Georgene Granfors
Waterbury Coach House Restaurant, Lakewood
West Shore Frames, Westlake
Westlake Animal Hospital, Dr. Love DVM, Westlake
Westlake-Westshore Arts Council
Westshore YMCA, Westlake
Westside Massage Clinic, North Olmsted
xR Your Natural Prescription, George Rozakis MD, Westlake
GREG VIOLAND – Tonight’s Master of Ceremonies, Producer, & Entertainer - Greg is very happy to be a part of this fun and worthy project. Greg has been a professional actor for 30 years most of those here in Northeast Ohio and makes his living on stage as well as radio and television commercials, industrial films and the occasional movie.
MARYANN NAGEL – Tonight’s Co-Producer - Works in film, TV, radio and stage. Currently seen in the film TAKE SHELTER, coming up in a supporting role in the film OLD FASHIONED. Maryann continues to act, coach, direct, narrate and produce events. She was a summer theatre student & appeared on stage at Clague Playhouse as a youngster.
Dick Feagler – TV Personality, Journalist, Author - Graduated from John Adams and Ohio University, then served three years in the Army. He earned the Peabody, the Columbia Dupont, and 23 local Emmys for his 38 years of columns and commentaries in The Cleveland Press, The Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer and TV channels 3 and 5. In his retirement, he hosts Feagler & Friends on WVIZ.
BETSY MARSHALL – Has been a player on the Cleveland music scene most of her life. She has played in every venue, from blues bands and rock bands, plus 12 years at the Ritz Carlton.
TINA D. STUMP - Most recently, Tina performed as a soloist with the Akron Symphony and Cleveland Pops Orchestra under the direction of Carl Topilow. She is musical theatre veteran of over 30 years.
DYAN BEDER - Dyan has performed throughout the Northeastern Ohio area in many venues. She is excited to be part of the entertainment tonight for such a good cause.
Paul Floriano - Paul was cast in the major motion picture, Kevin Smith’s “Zach and Miri Make A Porno” with Seth Rogan & various episodes of “America’s Most Wanted”. In New York, he appeared at Lincoln Center & the National Tour of Tomfoolery. Check out florianoproductions.com for DJ services or any type of corporate entertainment.
TOM BONEZZI – Tom is a senior at Baldwin-Wallace College majoring in music education. he has played for workshops, auditions, shows & recitals throughout Northeastern Ohio. He serves as Music Director for St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Brunswick, OH and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Chorus & Blossom Festival Orchestra.
DARRYL LEWIS – Also performing tonight.
MAGIC MIKE -Magician, Illusionist, Hypnotist, Balloon Artist – At the age of twelve, began his professional career as a magician and highly skilled illusionist. His illusions range from the smallest sleight of hand coin tricks to a death defying water escape. Mike’s illusions are nothing short of mind-boggling!
THE EVENING’S EVENTS
March 3, 2012
6:00 - 7:00 Cocktail Hour
Betsy Marshall, Keyboardist
OPEN BAR ALL EVENING!
7:00 - 8:00 Dinner
Chicken Marsala, Red Skin Potatoes, California Mixed Vegetables,
Garden Salad, Rolls & Butter, Dessert
Roving Magician during Dinner Hour
8:00 - 9:30 Entertainment
Greg Violand, “Master of Ceremonies” & Entertainer *
Maryann Nagel, Co-Producer - Vocalist*
Dick Feagler, TV Personality/Journalist/Author
Tina D. Stump, Vocalist*
Dyan Beder, Vocalist*
Darryl Lewis, Vocalist*
Paul Floriano, Vocalist*
Tom Bonezzi, Keyboardist/Accompanist*
9:30 - 10:00 Auction Results
10:00 - 11:00 Check Out & Pay for Auction Items
11:00 Evening’s End
*These performers courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association