With all the rain and shorter daylight hours, fall season may feel like a bit of a downer for some, but needn’t worry, there’s a cure — it comes in the form of a cabaret show and a Halloween costume party… right here in Sooke.
Put on by Cabaret Sooke in partnership with the Sooke Harbour Players, the show, called Sticky Mess (go ahead, have a chuckle) will be a mix between a club cabaret, dance and costume party, combined with burlesque humour, dancers, quality vocalists, as well as acrobatic pole and circus artists. All of which takes place at the Sooke Community Hall towards the end of October (either 23 or 24, exact date is yet to be determined).
“What’s not to like?” chuckled Jill Sweetin, the same mastermind behind last spring’s cabaret show at the Hall, which, in spirit, paid tribute to the splendour and pantomime of Al Capone’s parties back in the prohibition days.
To remind us that we’re not partying in the 1920’s though, two local DJs; Philippe Prez and Lilith Chamleon are expected to blow the roof off for this year’s show, along many other vocalists and music artists.
Sweetin said the audience will be immersed “in a bygone era of cabaret amidst a soundscape of the best modern bass music.”
Having worked with many of the returning faces for this year’s upcoming shows, she feels pretty confident the group will pull off a great performance.
“All these people are incredibly talented, they just bounce off each other. We share skills, so we’re always learning,” Sweetin said.
Sweetin spent years working professionally in Montreal and Europe as a performer, director, writer, and designer with companies like Cirque du Soleil, Just for Laughs, Circus Space UK, and Slava Polunin to alternative theatre and cabaret. Her goal is to create the ultimate nightlife experience here in Sooke.
Among the performers for October’s show will be the Roller Derby girls, along with a display by the Edward Milne Community School cheerleading squad.
And it won’t be the last cabaret show this year, either. Sweetin says the a New Year’s Eve event is also in the works, though an official date isn’t confirmed yet.
Show dates in October will be confirmed Sept. 8 with the Community Hall and tickets for Sticky Mess will go on sale Sept. 15 at The Stick in the Mud and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Don’t think you can only be part of the audience, either. Cabaret Sooke is always looking for new artists, musicians, production crew, backstage help, and volunteers. Next two Wednesdays, Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, the group will practice at the Knox Presbyterian Church, and then the Sooke Community Hall beyond that.
To get in touch with the club staff, visit the Cabaret Sooke Facebook page.