Avail­able Tal­ent Cabaret in Her­bert

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What do you get when you in­vite a Val Marie sto­ry­teller/singer/writer named Madonna Hamel and a for­mer Cirque du Soleil clown named Mooky Cornish into an old church to head­line an open stage show called The Avail­able Tal­ent Cabaret?

No­body knows. Be­cause it has never hap­pened be­fore in the 21-year his­tory of the Steeple­jack Fes­ti­val.

But we’ll all find out on when The Avail­able Tal­ent Cabaret be­gins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 4th at the for­mer St. Pat’s Church on Shaw St. in Her­bert, Sask.

The Steeple­jack Fes­ti­val, founded by Her­bert-born, Mon­treal-based arts jour­nal­ist Pat Don­nelly in 1997, has ex­per­i­mented with open stage events in the past.

But this one is go­ing to be ex­cep­tion­ally full of sur­prises as Madonna Hamel plans to stir up a story ses­sion on the Stormy Weather theme, as well as sing the song.

Mooky, who toured the world as a lead per­former in the Cirque du Soleil show Ver­akai, is sure to trig­ger lots of laughs with her vaudevil­lian rou­tines. She’s also an adept pup­peteer and pi­anist and is busy cre­at­ing a tele­vi­sion pi­lot about a cir­cus girl who dreams of mak­ing it big in small-town Saskatchewan. (Just like Her­bert?)

The multi-tal­ented Hamel, who pens a reg­u­lar col­umn for the Maple Creek Times, re­cently pre­miered her one-woman play with mu­sic, Mother’s Apron, at the Chau­tauqua Fes­ti­val at the Lyric The­atre in Swift Cur­rent. She has de­scribed the piece as “his­tory through the pock­ets of women’s aprons.”

Many lo­cal artists have al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in The Avail­able Tal­ent cabaret. If you wish to sing a song, tell a story, dance a num­ber, strum a gui­tar, play a tune on the lovely 1903 up­right pi­ano on site, or sim­ply re­serve a seat send an email to pdonnstage@gmail.com or leave a mes­sage at 306-784-2689.

Ad­mis­sion is $10 for spec­ta­tors, but free for those who sign up to take their turn and brave the stage.


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