Chaska Valley Family Theatre Presents:
composed by: Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub, Atli Orvarsson, & Arnthor Birgisson
performed by Gillian Barrow & Zachary Hedner
composed by: Ruth Berhe
performed by Abby Songer
A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman
composed by: Ben J Pasek & Justin Paul
performed by Logan DeBoer & Ashlyn Dohm
Fly Me to the Moon
Arranged by: Justinas Bernotas
performed by Benjamin Slye
Never Gonna Give You Up
composed by: Mike Stock, Matthew Aitken, & Peter Waterman
performed by Conor Johnson
composed by: Josehp Kosma, Johnny Mercer, & Jaques Prevert
performed by Elsa Swanson
That Don't Impress Me Much
composed by: Shania Twain & RJ Lange
performed by Rachel Vollbrecht
composed by: RJ Ritchie & Sheryl Crow
performed by Erika LeMire & Benjamin Slye
New York New York
composed by: Fred Ebb & John Kandor
performed by Hazen Markoe
You Raise Me Up
composed by: Brendan Graham & Rolf Loveland
performed by Michael Jarrard
From this Valley
composed by: John Paul White, Joy Williams, & Phil Madeira
performed by Casey & Sean Barker
Me and Julio Down by the School Yard
composed by: Paul Simon
performed by Robbie Breese
Nine to Five
composed by: Dolly Parton
performed by Lucia Fletch-Berg
composed by: Otis Redding
performed by Heidi Songer
Don't You (Forget About Me)
composed by: Keith Forsey & Steve Schiff
performed by Tom Muhs
Vida la Vida
composed by: Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, & Chris Martin
performed by Zachary Hedner
Across the Sea/Longtime Traveler
composed by: The Wailin Jennys
performed by Casey Barker, Gillian Barrow, & Erika LeMire
Sweet Caroline (sing-a-long)
composed by: Neil Diamond
performed by ensemble
Performer Bios: (Alphabetical)
Joanna Bachmann ~ Bass Guitar
Joanna is happy to once again be making music with CVFT. When not behind her bass guitar, you can find her in a classroom at Eisenhower Elementary during the school year, listening to a Twins game on the radio or outside with a good book and a Diet Coke!
Casey is excited to be performing as part of the summer cabaret! Even though this is Casey's first time singing onstage in a CVFT production, she has been involved in orchestra pits and music directing in several other CVFT shows. Casey teaches music in the Eastern Carver County school district and in her spare time she loves to read, run, spend time outside, and hang out with her husband Sean and their two cats!
Sean Barker ~ Music Director/Keys/Singer
Live music is back, and so is my peace of mind. Big thanks to CVFT for giving all of us an outlet.
Gillian is absolutely thrilled to be back on stage after a long year to participate in CVFT's 3rd annual Cabaret & Fundraiser. Gillian is thankful for the support of her family, husband Simon and their two amazing kids, Adelaine (7) & Noelle (3). Gillian has been active with CVFT productions since 2009 when she first was onstage in Little Women. Since then notable CVFT roles for Gillian have been: Godmother (Cinderella 2011), Mrs. Paroo (Music Man 2013), Narrator (Joseph/Dreamcoat 2016), Mae Tuck (Tuck Everlasting 2020).
Lucia Fletch-Berg is excited to be performing in this Cabaret. This is her first show with CVFT, but she has been cast in Cinderella, Faith Church; Into the Woods, Tartan Theater; Jane Eyre, Top Hat Theater; Addams Family, Morris Park Players; A Christmas Carol, Top Hat Theater; Frozen Jr, Blue Water Theater; and 101 Dalmatians, Merril Arts Theater. In her free time, Lucia enjoys singing any chance she gets, writing songs, and dancing.
Robbie Breese is a songwriter, producer, and performer who has harbored a love of theatre since middle school. Although he is a music major at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Dublin, Ireland, he remains active in local theatre as he splits his time between Dublin and the Twin Cities. This is his first production with CVFT, and he’s excited and grateful for the opportunity to perform live again, especially with such a great theatre company.
Eli Bresnan ~ percussion
Eli will be a Junior at Holy Family Catholic Highschool this upcoming fall. He enjoys football, fencing, track & field, and above all, playing music. He's excited to be back at CVFT since his last role in Footloose.
Logan is going into 5th Grade and loves to be on stage! He has preformed in 2 talent shows at school where he could show off his amazing hula hooping skills! And he also has performed in a recital in which he could show off his singing talent with the songs “Little People” from Les Miserables and “Happiness” from Your a Good Man Charlie Brown.
Ashlyn is excited to perform with CVFT! Ashlyn has attended musical theater camps and dance classes, but this is her first stage performance. Her favorite musicals include Hamilton, Les Miserables, Six, Newsies, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other hobbies include reading, drawing, swimming, and tennis. She currently attends Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Chaska.
Pat Gefre ~ Trumpet
Zachary is very excited to be doing this cabaret after making his debut at CVFT as The Man in The Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting! Zachary attended The University of Northwestern for Music & Theatre. He has performed roles at theatres such as Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Lyric Arts, Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company, UNW Theatre, Bunce Performing Arts, and Northwestern Opera. Notable achievements include being a finalist in The Kennedy Center Theatre Festival’s Musical Theatre Intensive, an Irene Ryan Nomination from The Kennedy Center Theatre Festival for his performance as Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin in The Seagull (2019), selection to compete in the Kennedy Center’s SDC Initiative (2019), as well as being accepted into MN Opera Artist+ Program (2017). When not performing on stage Zachary also tours as the Assistant Production Manager with the show Triple Espresso, and does commercial work with Moore Creative Talent. www.zacharyhedner.com
Michael is ecstatic to be back on stage and taking part in CVFT's Cabaret Fundraiser instead of staying at home spitting wooden nickels. Michael is the proud dad to recent high school grad, Kali, and middle school grad Tyler. Michael is incredibly thankful to his wife, Julie, along with his kids for all the support. Michael has been seen on the CVFT stage many times, remembered fondly as Lord Farquaad, (Shrek), Joseph, (Joseph/Dreamcoat), Jesus, (Godspell), and in CVFT's canceled production last spring Angus Tuck (Tuck Everlasting).
After a long, LONG year without performing, Conor is thrilled to be back onstage with this wonderful Cabaret! He was most recently in Guys and Dolls with Chanhassen High School, and he’s ready to keep the performance rolling today! He’d like to thank his lovely parents for supporting his endeavors.
Erika is overjoyed to be back on the stage again after such a difficult year. She has been performing with CFVT for 5 years. Some of her favorites shows were Footloose, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Beauty and the Beast. Erika would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her passion for music and theatre.
This marks Hazen's 2nd appearance with CVFT after last appearing as the nasty Mr. Potter in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE MUSICAL. Very active in theatre, Hazen has appeared with Theatre in the Round, Artistry, Lakeshore Players and Skylark Opera among others. Hazen is pleased to return to performing after the long unplanned "break" that we all have suffered through and hope you enjoy today's show!
Tom is thrilled to be performing with the talented artists at CVFT. This is Tom's 4th show following Oklahoma, School House Rock Live and Godspell. Tom enjoys character acting and has been spotted as a Beast and Fool, a Grasshopper, a Cowardly Lion, a Drunken Father to a Fair Lady and recently as an evil Archdeacon/Uncle to a Hunchback. Tom is a lifelong singer and can be heard Sundays at Family of Christ and daily walking his dog Bucky. Tom thanks his wife Mary and daughter Naomi for their constant support.
Warren Sampson ~ Guitar
Warren is very glad we are all back making music for the enjoyment of Chaska Valley audiences! He has played guitar in the pit orchestra for "Joseph" and Tuck Everlasting. He lives in Eden Prairie. He and his wife visit the Minnesota Arboretum whenever they can.
This is Ben's fourth show with CVFT and he is very excited to be back on stage with them. Recently he has been in "A Christmas Carol" with the Eagan Theater Company, and is currently dialect coaching the Bunce Performing Arts production of Newsies. Thank you for coming to see the show!
Abigail has previously performed with CVFT as a townsperson child in Beauty & The Beast. She has also held various roles in Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre shows. Abby enjoys playing piano, soccer, swimming, and going on adventures in the woods.
Heidi Songer most recently performed as a townsperson in CVFT’s production of Beauty & The Beast. Previous shows elsewhere include Once On This Island, Pirates of Penzance, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Heidi currently teaches piano & voice lessons and co-directs student rock bands.
Elsa Swanson is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis, where she received a Master of Music in vocal performance studying under Mary Wilson. With the University of Memphis Opera, she appeared as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimì in La Bohème, and Suzel in L’amico Fritz. Elsa also appeared as Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica with Opera Memphis.
In 2019, Elsa received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. With Northern State Opera Theater, she was seen as Nella in Gianni Schicchi and Lola Markham in Gallantry. While in Aberdeen, Elsa appeared as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar with the Aberdeen Community Theater. She is a two-time Upper Midwest regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This fall, she will teach vocal and classroom music in International Falls. Outside of singing, Elsa enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her guinea pig, Pumpkin.
Rachel is jubilant to be back on stage and singing one of the greats!! Rachel has been on stage and behind the scenes on many CVFT Productions and is looking forward to working with the kiddoes during CVFT's Dragonfly Theater Camp this summer. Some of her favorite CVFT memories onstage and offstage include Schoolhouse Rock, Footloose, Godspell, It's a Wonderful Life, Scrooge, and Tuck Everlasting. In her spare time, Rachel can be found hosting live trivia games and fostering fur babies looking for their forever homes.