Available Talent Cabaret in Herbert
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.