The Fayetteville Dinner Theatre will kick off its 2021 season this weekend at Gates 4 Golf & Neighborhood Membership with one displaying every day at 7 p.m. on April 9 and 10. “A Sinister Cabaret: Love Letters/Sleight of Hand” is a musical thriller written and directed by Dr. Gail Morfesis, an area performer who has collaborated with Fayetteville State College, Methodist College, Fayetteville Technical College, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.
In “A Sinister Cabaret,” Morfesis takes on the position of Francine Maximillian, a seasoned actress who begins an company to advertise younger artists. Francine’s philandering husband, who works on the company, meets his finish underneath mysterious circumstances early within the present, and thru performances by the artists, we be taught particulars of their lives and dealings with the deceased.
“In the course of the course of the story all of his interactions with completely different ladies come out,” Morfesis mentioned. “It’s only a actually enjoyable present.”
The play is interactive, Morfesis mentioned, so earlier than the finale, the viewers will be capable of ask questions of characters to attempt to decide who’s responsible of the homicide.
Jim Smith performs Sylvester “Sly” Fox within the manufacturing and mentioned he has loved working with Morfesis and the opposite gifted performers. Smith mentioned that with a number of plots working between the characters, the viewers will probably be intrigued and entertained by “how all the women really feel about my character.”
Smith is a latest transplant to the Sandford and Fayetteville areas. Initially from New Jersey, he carried out in regional productions within the New York metro space when his full-time job with the New Jersey Division of Human Companies would enable. Smith appeared in “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “West Facet Story,” and “Hair” amongst others. Domestically, he has appeared within the Cape Worry Regional Theatre’s “Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever.”
Smith hopes to do a number of reveals every year now that he’s retired and capable of dedicate extra time to his craft. Smith mentioned that with every of his previous reveals, he was capable of acquire expertise in dancing, singing and appearing in addition to construct friendships with different performers. He discovered the identical camaraderie in rehearsals for “A Sinister Cabaret.”
“It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Gail, who has plenty of background information in vocal coaching,” mentioned Smith.
Tabitha Humphrey, who goes by the stage title Selva Black, performs Percy Barker in “A Sinister Cabaret.” Like Smith, Humphrey is a transplant to the Fayetteville space. She is a army partner with a number of strikes underneath her belt which allowed her alternatives to carry out in a wide range of areas to incorporate Hawaii, Canada and South Korea.
“I cherished to sing and I taught myself how by Disney songs,” mentioned Humphrey. She then determined to attempt singing on stage and landed a spot in “Little Store of Horrors” at Camp Humphreys Neighborhood Theatre in South Korea. A task as Kate in “Kiss Me, Kate!” adopted earlier than a household transfer to Hawaii. A number of performances on the Diamond Head Theatre, a neighborhood theatre in Honolulu, adopted together with “Catch Me if You Can,” “ South Pacific,” “Spamalot,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“Hawaii was a wake-up name for me,” Humphrey mentioned. “I discovered I needed to combat for the position I needed.” Humphrey quickly discovered an agent and landed a small talking position within the 2016 film “Mike and Dave Want Wedding ceremony Dates” starring Zac Effron, Adam DeVine and Anna Kendrick.
One other transfer took the household to Canada the place she carried out as Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd” on the Oshawa Little Theatre.
Now in North Carolina, Humphrey is hitting the native stage with Fayetteville Dinner Theatre, however is trying ahead to alternatives for different performances. Like Smith, Humphrey mentioned her expertise with FDT has been enjoyable.
“Dr. Gail gave us artistic freedom with our characters,” Humphrey mentioned. Morfesis allowed the performers to improvise many elements of their characters.
“A Sinister Cabaret: Love Letters/Sleight of Hand” additionally options Courtney Parker, Reba Fox, Valerie Humphrey, Kaitlyn Woodrow, Stanley Seay, Gabriel McKern and Vajra Spring. For ticket data go to www.fayettevilledinnertheatre.com or name 910-391-3859.
Pictured above: Fayetteville Dinner Theatre’s “A Sinister Cabaret: Love Letters/Sleight of Hand” has scheduled performances April 9 and 10.
Pictured beneath: (Left) Jim Smith is Sylvester “Sly” Fox and Gail Morfesis (Proper) is Francine Maximillian in Fayetteville Dinner Theatre’s “A Sinister Cabaret: Love Letters/Sleight of Hand.”
Pictured beneath: Selva Black is Percy Barker in Fayetteville Dinner Theatre’s “A Sinister Cabaret: Love Letters/Sleight of Hand.”