Cabaret at the Historic Vista Theater

October 13, 2016 7:00 pm @ 7:00 PM – October 23, 2016 2:00 am @ 2:00 AM
Historic Vista Theater/PAAC

October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm (Doors at 7)
October 15 & 22 at MIDNIGHT! (Doors at 11:30)

Tickets are $14 for Adults and $10 for HS Students & Under and Seniors 62+

Available during limited hours (posted on the Vista Theater Thrift Shop page) at the Historic Vista Theater/PAAC Box Office in the annex.

Ticket Outlets

Rare Earth Goods – Ishpeming
Snowbound Books – Marquette
Gitche Gumee Cafe & Records – (Village Shopping Center) Marquette


“What good is sitting alone in your room. Come hear the music play…”

The Historic Vista Theater/PAAC is proud to announce the production of the Tony-award winning musical Cabaret; opening Thursday October 13, 2016 through Saturday October 22nd, 2016. Show time Thursday-Sat is 7:30 pm, also continuing the Historic Vista Theater midnight show tradition will be performed at Midnight each Saturday (10/15 & 10/22).

This classic, Broadway musical, set in the smoky, seedy Kit Kat Klub, reflects the sentiments in pre-World War II Berlin, and will translate beautifully to the time worn stage of the Historic Vista Theater. Taking on the iconic emcee, made famous by the inimitable Allen Cumming, is reigning Mr. Upper Peninsula, and star of many local stages, Brady Skewis. He’ll be joined by a stable of local theater & PAAC favorites with Erin Mankee (Sally Bowels), Jacob Laitinen (Heir Schultz), Tina Nelson (Fraulein Schneider), and Kaleb Kangas (Cliff Bradshaw) who returns to the Historic Vista stage after a few year hiatus.

Director Becky Heldt says, “I’m thrilled to be back working in the Historic Vista Theater after a couple year absence. To be able to helm a show that not only has such historical significance in musical theater, but also holds an important place in PAAC history is a real honor. We really thought hard about how to properly pay homage to the fans of Rocky Horror over the years,”
Heldt continues, “Cabaret is the perfect balance of edginess and historic significance to help us transition away from the annual productions”. Cabaret was last performed at the Historic Vista Theater in 2003, the one gap in the 16 year run of Richard O’Brien’s “Rocky Horror Show.”

As usual with any Historic Vista Theater/PAAC production the rest of the cast is littered with legimate leading actors. Veteran Shakespearean actor Tom Laitinen, who most recently returned to the Vista stage as The Little Mermaid’s King Triton, takes on the role of loathsome Nazi Ernst Ludwig; joined by NMU theatre major Kortney Manchip as the sexual and commanding prostitute Fräulein Kost. The rest of the cast is fleshed out by Amber Baker (Ariel/The Little Mermaid ’16), Maggie Aartila (2015 PAAC Actress of the Year, Ariel ‘16/Belle ’15), Abby Letts (Jetsam/The Little Mermaid ’16), Gretchen Herzel (Ursula/The Little Mermaid ’16), Marissa Symons (Oklahoma ’16, NHS Productions ’14-’16), Ashley McGrath and Alec VanHorn (Judd/Oklahoma ’16). Adam McGuire, DJ Parent & Joseph Russo round out the rest of the cast, each returning to the Historic Vista stage after extended absences.

Come on out and enjoy the continued tradition of high end, seasonally appropriate, theatrical production at the Historic Vista Theater. Tickets are only $14 for adults, and $10 for students (HS & Under)/seniors (62+). They are available at the Historic Vista Theater Box Office in the Historic Vista Theater Annex (thrift shop), Rare Earth Goods in Ishpeming, Snowbound Books in Marquette, and Gitche Gumee Café & Records in the Village Shopping Center Marquette.

The Historic Vista Theater is your home in Marquette County for affordable theatrical performances, cultural entertainment, live music, and pre-theatrical, special, classic & seasonal movie screenings. For further information or press inquiries please contact Bear at or call (906) 475-7188 and leave a message.

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