If you go

What: A 1920s-style cabaret

When: July 24, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Romero Park, 1600 Van Tassel Drive

Cost: Free, but donations accepted

Online: Search “1920s Cabaret” on Facebook for more information

1920's Themed Cabaret

Cast member rehearsal in 1920’s theme costume. Enjoy an evening of classic hits from your favorite 1920s musicals including 'Cabaret', 'Thoroughly Modern Millie', and many more. 

Becky Steele began the year by mapping theatrical ideas, finalizing songs, and planning for True Troupe’s first 1920s-style cabaret.

The event was set for May, and all was going well. Then the pandemic hit, stopping everything Steele was working on.

It was devastating, but the upshot was that the show would go on. 

Now, two months after the original date set for the cabaret, Steele and her cast of 15 performers are making the final preparations on the show. The culmination of much planning, Steele’s been dreaming of this moment for nearly a year. 

The True Troupe Cabaret will perform and entertain at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Romero Park. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. 

Audience members should bring their own chairs or blankets, in order to be comfortable during the performance. The audience will be properly socially distanced under the state of Wyoming’s current rules. 

Steele wanted to stage a cabaret as a part of the troupe’s season because she’s a die-hard musical fan. She also knew how difficult and costly it can be to stage a full production of one elaborate show; staging a cabaret is less dear, and not as labor-intensive. 

“I thought this was a better idea than putting on a full musical because this way, we could showcase a lot of different acts and numbers,” Steele said. 

The cabaret will feature tunes from “Chicago,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Cabaret.” There will also be a few types of dances performed, from tap to soft-shoe in group, to duets and solo numbers. 

As director, Steele wanted to incorporate non-traditional casting into the cabaret. Many of her cast members aren’t a type audiences would typically see performing certain tunes. 

“I wanted to make this as diverse as possible, and I’m casting people who would normally be overlooked for these types of roles,” Steele said. “With cabarets, people can be chosen based on their abilities, not their looks or body types. We have everyone from people of color, to people with tattoos and of different ages.” 

Practice during the last few months has been a hurdle to overcome. Although rehearsals can be difficult in any production, this time it was because the cast wasn’t allowed to gather all together, due to social distancing restrictions. 

As those restrictions began to loosen over the last two months, Steele and troupe founder Adrianna True decided they could finally restart rehearsals. So, they set rules such as no guests coming to practices, and they encouraged mask use. 

And they decided to create a fun number to reflect the strange summer Cheyenne, and the rest of the country, is experiencing. 

“We have a social distancing tango, so we could keep our dancers apart,” Steele said. 

Cast member Traci Maher said it’s been a challenge working on the cabaret in the midst of the pandemic. This show has pushed her in ways she wouldn’t have expected, she said. 

When Steele told Maher she was going to direct a cabaret for the troupe, she was elated. She’s also a fan of musicals and was one of the voices in the troupe begging for that type of show. 

But Maher was going to have to dance if she wanted to be in the cabaret. 

“I’m about as coordinated as a baby gazelle on roller skates,” Maher said. “I did gymnastics [in the past], but my skill set, coming into this, was singing. So when Becky told me we had to dance I said, ‘I don’t dance.’” 

“She’s doing very well.” Steele said.

Though she “doesn’t dance,” being part of this cabaret over the last few months has been an incredible experience, Maher said. 

“I can’t wait for the show to go on. Mostly, I want people to see what a group of misfits is capable of. We are definitely a group of misfits, we’re definitely a group of people who never would have been pulled together for a musical ever. But now we’ve got it together, I want the world to see what we did,” Maher said.