Studio Theatre Cabarets

Studio Theatre Cabarets

A joint project of the Division of Arts and Humanities and Stocker Arts Center. 


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Friday & Saturday, October 10 & 11, 2014 at 8:00pm

Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys

Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys, Rachel Brown, Bill Watson, Roy King and Dave Huddleston, are four professional musicians with long histories playing American roots music—blues, country, rock, jazz, and swing. Their goal is to embrace all of their musical influences and combine them into a sound that seeks to find what the best of these styles have in common. It's their belief that the music and the lyrics must music work together and not compete against each other. Sometimes, less is more and it takes the restraint of great and experienced musicians to be able to do that. However, when appropriate, Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys can bring incredible musical intensity to their performance. Many bands these days try to focus on a specific genre, but Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys believe that their audiences, like themselves, love a lot of different musical styles. The band's unique arrangements and genuine love for their material always leave audiences wanting more.; listen to them at or watch and listen at 

Rachel Brown is an experienced singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She has been playing and studying music for over 25 years. She holds a masters in music education with a classical piano/choral emphases and teaches music at Elyria Middle School. Rachel has performed professionally since the age of 12. She has opened for many top artists including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Vern Gosdin, Clint Black , Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Richie Furay, Donna the Buffalo, Little Jimmy Dickens, Southern Pacific, Ricky Scaggs and The Judds. released a highly acclaimed CD of all original music called "Just Look My Way" in 2013, which all the members of The Beatnik Playboys played on. The band plans to release a follow up release in 2014.

Bill Watson has had an extensive and successful career out of performing music for many years. Currently, you can also find Bill playing with "The Numbers Band" (since 1990), "Hillbilly Idol" (since 1990), "Alex Bevan" (since 1988) and "Clearfork" (since 1990). Some of you may remember seeing Bill perform with "The Damn Band" (1991), "Reckless Abandon" (1987), "Mimi Hart & The Bopkats" (1984-86), "Deadly Ernest & The Honky Tonk Heroes" (1981-84), "Gopher Broke Swing Band" (1977-1981), "Smackinrrouge" and "Better 'n Bacon Band" (pre 1977).

Roy King has had the pleasure of performing with living legends like Mose Allison, Bucky Pizzerelli, Eddie Bo, Johnny Gimble and Jay McShann to great local heroes such as Alex Bevan, the Gopher Broke Swing Band, pianists Mike Petrone and Joe Hunter. Roy currently teaches drums and percussion at Woodsys Music in Kent and Medina, as well as leading his own jazz trio which plays at Nighttown in Cleveland. "I always wanted to be a beatnik and a playboy," says Roy. "Now I can be both!"

Dave Huddleston is a lifelong student and lover of music. He is known locally as a vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Cleveland, Dave grew up in a musical family and was exposed to a variety of music genres -- from Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, to Broadway musicals played on the family hi-fi, to pop tunes squeezed out of a tiny transistor radio tuned to WIXY 1260-AM. His influences are all over the map -- Bach, Artie Shaw, Elvis, the Temptations, the Beatles, Ella, 1960s TV themes, Gaetano Veloso, Chaka Khan, U2, the Bee Gees, the Isley Brothers, Frankie Valli, Ennio Morricone, Buck Owens. Dave sees every song and every gig as a chance for exciting explorations, always with an element of surprise.

Friday, December 12 at 8:00pm &
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm

The Musical Theater Project

A Christmas Cabaret

This delightful show, featuring Nancy Maier, Scott Posey, Bill Rudman and Sandra Simon, has become a perennial holiday favorite. The songs go as far back as 1916 and Irving Berlin’s “Santa Claus” (“You’d better be good like a good baby should, or he will fly right by to another neighborhood”). And in addition to festive curiosities like that one, the stocking is filled with treats for young and old including “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and even “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Last year’s performances sold out, so buy your tickets early.


Friday & Saturday, January 16 & 17, 2015 at 8:00pm

with Doug Wood, Tara Hanish and Darren Frate

Cellocentric is an innovative instrumental group blending acoustic guitar (Doug Wood), cello (Tara Hanish), and electric bass (Darren Frate) into a fusion of classical, new age, jazz, pop and rock styles. Cellocentric is the brainchild of guitarist Doug Wood, featuring Doug's music with contributions from cellist Tara Hanish and bass player Darren Frate. The music combines Doug's fingerstylings on guitar with the classical infusions and hints of world and jazz. Doug has a long history of touring and performing as a solo artist and in collaboration with other artists. His song "Cat Dance" was featured during the Late Night Show With David Letterman. He has toured with Eclectica, featuring five-time Grammy-winning dummer Roy “Futureman” Wooten and electric violinist Tracy Silverman, and he has opened. for artists like Paula Cole, Beppe Gambetta, California Guitar Trio, Aimee Mann, and G-Love and Special Sauce. Learn more about Cellocentric at and listen to them at

Friday & Saturday, February 13 & 14, 2015 at 8:00pm

I Got Rhythm
with Helen Welch & her trio

You are in for a delightful date with acclaimed Cleveland based singer and entertainer Helen Welch and her swingin’ band. Never straying too far from what she does best Helen is nonetheless an exciting improviser and vocalist who finds a way to make songs her own. Songs include "It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing," "Mambo Italiano," "I’ve Got the World on a String," "At Last," "Pick Yourself Up," "That’s All" and much more! Join Helen and her fabulous trio of musicians this Valentine’s weekend as they tip their hats to a huge variety of music from Broadway theatre, musical theatre, Hollywood musical film and all things in between! Go to to see and hear Helen in action! Take a sneak peak/listen at  

Friday & Saturday, March 27 & 28, 2015 at 8:00pm

It’s Never Too Late for L.O.V.E.
with Don Disantis and the band

It’s March – did you miss Valentine Day? Not to worry because it’s never too late for love! Just in time for Spring, let the vocal styling’s of Don Disantis and those talented musicians of Dave Day on piano, George Judy on drums, Brian Dorr on bass and Bob Gref on sax and clarinet, guide you through a romantic evening of some of the greatest love songs ever written. Cuddle with your sweetie to such wonderful songs like “And I Love You So,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “Unchained Melody” and so many more. Don and the guys are happy to be back in the Stocker Cabaret Series for their third year in a row. After bringing you their shows of “The Great American Songbook, And More” and last year’s “Tony Award Winning Songs, And More”, they are thrilled to be back with you this year to spread a little L.O.V.E.!

All Cabarets are in the Studio Theatre.
Tickets for these shows are $15/adults and $10/LCCC students with valid ID & children 18 and under per performance.

For ticket information, please contact the Stocker Box Office at (440) 366-4040 or click the icon above to buy tickets.    

Call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Mondays through Fridays at (440) 366-4040, or click on the “Buy Stocker Event Tickets” icon on the top of the page on the right to order online. 

Sorry you missed these great cabarets:
Friday & Saturday, August 29 & 30, 2014 at 8:00pm - "There's No Business Like Show Business: Spider Saloff Sings Irving Berlin"

Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27, 2014 at 8:00pm - "Tribute to the Great American Songbook" with Green Diamond Zephyr



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