This Summer: Beloved Music, Given New Life

As our Winter Cabaret Series starts to wind down, our Summer Cabaret Series is just starting to ramp up! This summer, the Cabaret will be rockin’ and boppin’ with some of the best music from the past century—all presented with fresh, fun new twists. Kicking off our Summer Cabaret Series is Rock & Roll Reignited, an original musical revue that infuses Rock & Roll classics … Continue reading This Summer: Beloved Music, Given New Life

He’s Back – William Selby Returns to “Laughing Matters”

Actor William Selby seems to eat, sleep, and breathe comedy. He recently returned to perform in Laughing Matters (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade after going on a brief hiatus to direct—and act in—the popular revue parodying Broadway musicals, Forbidden Broadway. Now, Selby returns to FST to lend his comedic charms to FST’s popular sketch comedy musical revue and make audiences laugh. The rehearsal process for … Continue reading He’s Back – William Selby Returns to “Laughing Matters”

Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia

After six years, FST decided it was time to produce the next installment of the theatre’s popular musical sketch comedy show, Laughing Matters. So, of course, the show’s creators reached out to the actors who had gotten audiences laughing during the 2016 production. One of those performers was Nick Anastasia, who audiences may also remember from the hit Cabarets, Unchained Melodies (2019) and That’s Amoré! … Continue reading Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia

From Stage to Stage with Gil Brady

If you find yourself sitting in the audience of Laughing Matters thinking, “That guy sure does look familiar…” you’re not wrong. Late last month, actor Gil Brady wrapped up his Mainstage comedy performance as Chris aka Inspector Carter in FST’s sold-out production of The Play That Goes Wrong. Fellow actor William Selby of Laughing Matters had a pre-planned engagement to perform in Forbidden Broadway at North Coast Repertory … Continue reading From Stage to Stage with Gil Brady

The FST Newcomer – Nick Abbott

Actor Nick Abbott has performed at theatres across the country—as part of the national tour of Motown the Musical, as Johnny Cash in a Colorado production of Ring of Fire, and as Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet (Clarksville, TN). Now, he makes his FST debut with Friends in Low Places, the theatre’s hit contemporary country music revue featuring the songs of Garth Brooks, The … Continue reading The FST Newcomer – Nick Abbott

Meet The “Laughing Matters” Veteran

Richie McCall could be considered a pro at the ins and outs of FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, Laughing Matters. This year’s edition of the show, subtitled (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade, marks the fourth version of the show he’s starred in. And the characters McCall has had to tackle in each show run the gamut. In 2009, he entertained audiences as then-President Barack … Continue reading Meet The “Laughing Matters” Veteran

Music & Memories with Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor is no stranger to country music. For years, it provided the soundtrack for her long car rides to and from school with her father. Later, she rocked out to artists like Miranda Lambert and The Chicks with her best friend in high school. Now, she gets to share her own interpretation of the music she knows and loves in FST’s hit Cabaret, Friends … Continue reading Music & Memories with Hannah Taylor

It’s a Lot Of Work to Make People Laugh – With Jenna Cormey

Jenna Cormey spent the end of 2021 perfecting her Lisa Kudrow impression and making audiences laugh as Phoebe Buffay in the Off-Broadway production and National Tour of FRIENDS! The Musical Parody. Now she is showing off her comedy chops in FST’s popular musical sketch comedy revue, Laughing Matters (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade. We sat down with Jenna Cormey to discuss her favorite song to … Continue reading It’s a Lot Of Work to Make People Laugh – With Jenna Cormey

An Unbreakable Connection to Country – With Madalyn McHugh

FST audiences will remember Madalyn McHugh from Outlaws & Angels and Three Pianos, two popular FST Cabarets that celebrated outlaw country musicians and piano players, respectively, who blazed their own trails in the industry. Now, Madalyn returns for Friends in Low Places, a contemporary country music revue exploring the musicians who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts. Armed with an … Continue reading An Unbreakable Connection to Country – With Madalyn McHugh

The Southern Boy – Grant Alan Watkins in “Friends in Low Places”

Growing up in Arkansas, actor/musician Grant Alan Watkins has always been surrounded by country music. Through the year, that music, and its many stories, have brought him cherished memories and musical inspiration. Now, Watkins returns to FST to bring the music of artists like Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Brad Paisley – among others – to life onstage in FST’s hit Cabaret, Friends in Low … Continue reading The Southern Boy – Grant Alan Watkins in “Friends in Low Places”