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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cabaret and Coffee

Fort Thomas Coffee has solidified itself as a powerhouse business on the avenue.  They provide delicious coffee and scrumptious breakfast sandwiches and pastries.  While they have mastered the breakfast business they also offer nightly entertainment on Wednesday nights.  On August 7th Fort Thomas Coffee will present the first ever Fort Thomas Cabaret

Fort Thomas native Max Colvill is organizing this special night. The performers involved in the cabaret are comprised of freshman in high school to seniors in college.  The schools that will be represented range from Highlands to Walton Verona to Northern Kentucky University.

I asked Max to describe the event and why he wanted to present a cabaret show. 

Max explained, “This show will be high school and college students from around the area singing songs from several different Broadway shows.  I organized this night for three main reasons.  One, as a Fort Thomas native I love supporting the local businesses in the city.  Secondly, I wanted to give the students the experience of performing a cabaret show in a small space.  This experience is completely different from being on stage and it is a great skill to have.  And finally, I wanted to do this because it is going to be fun.  There is nothing better than walking into a local coffee shop, enjoying a hot cup of coffee and listening to some of the areas most talented people serenade you.”

 Fort Thomas Coffee is a great business, but I wanted to see what, specifically, drew Max to this venue.

He said, “I love that Fort Thomas now has our very own coffee shop.  FTC seems like it jumped right out of New York and into our town.  The atmosphere is so wonderful and the people who work and own FTC are the nicest people you will ever meet.  We chose to perform at the coffee shop because the owner, Lori Valentine, is an alumni of The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and is another theatre lover like myself.”

The Fort Thomas Cabaret is on August 7th at 6:30pm.  Admission is free but it is encouraged to buy a cup of joe to support the coffee shop.  The show features about 15 students performing songs from shows like Godspell, Bare, The Boy in the Bathroom, Next to Normal, Once, Aladdin, The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown, Spring Awakening, Dogfight, and more.  It will be an amazing evening filled with music, coffee, and as Max puts it, “Good old fashion fun!”

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