Local performers are bringing their new shows to The Cabaret to help this unique craft grow in Indianapolis. Get more insight into the process of creating a cabaret at a post-show Q&A with the artists.
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Two friends with big voices and even bigger personalities will kick off our new Incubator Series at The Cabaret with BRENT & CLAIRE: IN CHARACTER! Indy's own face-melter belters, Brent Marty and Claire Wilcher, join forces to serve up hot, local vocal delicacies with personal favorites, retro hits, and their favorite pastime--matching wits! Will these two characters finally break character? Will the singers' zingers ever stop? When Brent and Claire take the stage, one thing is certain: two local divas will be in front of the curtain.
1. What inspired you to create this show?
BM: I’ve been wanting to do a cabaret of my own for YEARS! I'm a big fan of the art form, and when Shannon opened The Cabaret a few years back, I knew it would fly here. So, Claire and I started tossing around the idea.
CW: Brent and I have been teaching together for years, and we really play off each other well. Our snarky exteriors actually give way to a very tender, sentimental hearts, and that's an odd combination that works well creatively and comedically.
2. Can you describe how the creative process has been so far?
BM: It’s been a pleasure to work with a dedicated artist like Claire. We get each other’s ridiculous sense of humor. I chose a lot of the music we are doing – I’ve got a long list of songs I’ve been wanting to perform – but she was always right there with great suggestions and certainly brings her own experience to everything we are presenting.
CW: Collaborative. Jammed. Improvisational. We wrote lyrics together at the piano, which was fun and energetic to trade ideas so succinctly. We are both busy (I just came back from a five-week teaching gig in New Jersey), so we've had to be very forgiving of each others' calendars. We've made it work in an untraditional way.
3. What are the themes/emotions/stories that the audience will experience with you during the show? What do you hope they take away from it?
BM: We don’t really have an overarching theme – and maybe that’s one of the things we will discuss in our audience talkback after the show. It’s really more of an exploration of who we are at this point in our respective lives and what we’ve done in Indianapolis.
CW: Our title is "In Character", but that can mean so many things. We all know performers that are known for certain talents/types/roles....but when left to their own devices, most artists want to show off different sides of themselves. I want audiences to walk away thinking "what else can they do?"
4. What have been the biggest challenges putting this show together?
BM: Scheduling. Definitely scheduling. Also, whittling down the song list to a manageable length.
CW: And solidifying one million ideas into a manageable show.
5. What are you most looking forward to about the show?
BM: Audience reaction. And accomplishing this longtime goal.
CW: Just being fully myself up there with Brent being fully himself. That kind of one-time-only fun is magical.
6. Claire, is there anything you want to add about this being your last show in Indy?
CW: I'll probably cry up there at some point. Indianapolis has been my home for 17 years, and it's where I created my artistic self. I love Indianapolis and its theatre people. I will miss it.
7. Anything else you want to add/want people to know?
BM: Just come and see us! I promise you won’t be sorry you did!
CW: Come for the snark, stay for the mushy stuff.
Brent E. Marty has been actively involved in the Indianapolis arts community for many years working with several local organizations as a director, musical director, performer, instructor, and accompanist. He currently serves as Director of Music and Education for Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre where he administrates all education programming and oversees all “musical” aspects of production. Brent was also named a 2015 Creative Arts Renewal Fellow by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Claire Wilcher has been a performer with ComedySportz Indianapolis since 2004, and is a member of the Three Dollar Bill Comedy Company. She is a veteran theatre performer around Indianapolis, with three encore awards for her performances. In addition to performing, she has taught acting classes with Acting Up Productions, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and Wayne Township Education Foundation. Wilcher occasionally fills in as an on-air host for the Smiley Morning Show on WZPL and is the producer of the Gal Pal Comedy Fest.
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