Happy Again: Songs, Dreams, and Rainbows
June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT$15.90
*Pre-sale tickets for the Cabaret Company are available until 24 hours before the show. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. Cash, check, or credit card are accepted
Additional tickets are available at www.ampbystrathmore.com/live-shows.
What is the Cabaret Company?
Actors follow their performance passions to create a short act that challenges their creativity and showcases their interests. The final show is performed cabaret-style and includes music, dancing, comedy, and original scenes.
ArtStream performances feature adult actors with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) — including autism — and other social and behavioral needs. Actors, volunteer mentors, and theatre professionals works as a team to create original performances for live audiences.
About the show
Happy Again: Songs, Dreams, and Rainbows
A (Mostly) Musical Revue featuring the 2018 Summer Cabaret Company
Directed by Pamela Leighton-Bilik
Music Directed by Abby Madden
Assistant Directed and Choreographed by Annetta Dexter Sawyer
Come early for complimentary desserts and a cash bar starting at 6:30 pm
Meet the Company
Annetta Dexter Sawyer
Annetta Dexter Sawyer has taught for ArtStream off and on since its inception. She’s been a movement and voice coach, taught poetry, drama, and even yoga! Much of her teaching is with ArtStream community partner programs at Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC), the Forbush School, and The Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC). Previous ArtStream performance credits include Choreographer for the 2008 Silver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company musical Mission: Environment. She is proud to Assistant Direct the Cabaret.
“Thank you maaarvelous ArtStreamers for all your hard work, the fun, & your talents!”
Vu Tran is a 31-year-old actor from Syracuse, New York, currently living in Silver Spring. Vu has acted with ArtStream for two years. He has also performed in the Potomac Community Resources, Inc. chorus. Vu works at Safeway as a cashier and bagger. He also volunteers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He enjoys half-marathons, cross country, track & field, soccer, and R&B music. Vu has a black belt in Okinawan Goju-Ryu karate and is working toward fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) with the goal of being a sign-language interpreter.
Tatyana Bradshaw is a volunteer mentor who was born in Kazakhstan and grew up in Russia. As a child, she played piano and loved to sing, draw, and write poetry. She earned a Bachelor's degree in music at Moscow University of Culture and Art and worked as an opera singer at Helicon Opera and Opera Theater by Stanislavsky in Moscow. She also worked as a Professor of Vocal Art with the Children's Opera Theatre. Tatyana moved to Maryland in 2012 to marry her husband who passed away in 2017. She is very close with her sister Irina who lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband Frank and their son Savva. In addition to ArtStream, Tatyana volunteers with the Kennedy Center. She loves volunteering with ArtStream because rehearsal cheers her up every week. Now she is ready to be "Happy Again."
Morning is coming sun wake up,
Time to put makeup.
Life is short,
Change your T Shirt,
It is my style,
Just to be with a smile.
Don't be rude,
my song is good.
La, la la, la,
This is life Vuola!
Tomorrow will be a new love story,
My man will be with me.
We will be happy you will see.
I know I have good make up,
And morning is coming
Ian Bannon began as a mentor at ArtStream in 2017. Ian is a Senior Docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library and works in various Folger education programs including Shakespeare School Festivals, Shakespeare Steps Out (with DC Public Schools) and Shakespeare-in-Action Workshops. He also volunteers at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC.
"Its been fun working with such a talented group."
Jonathan Feifer is a 21-year old actor from Rockville who has acted with ArtStream Inclusive Theater Companies for two years. He has sung solo and in duets in private recitals with other aspiring performers. He was an assistant drama specialist at Capital Camps. Jonathan is currently in the Transition Training for Independence Program based at Montgomery College, and is participating in Cafe Sunflower's training program. He is also a teacher's aide at Temple Beth Ami. Jonathan enjoys musicals, movies and getting together with friends.
“Hope everyone who comes to Cabaret loves our show!”
Justin Turner is a 27-year-old actor from Silver Spring, MD. He has acted with ArtStream for 5 years. In addition to acting with ArtStream, Justin appears in two films: a documentary entitled The Personality Puzzle, produced in 1999 by Dream Catcher Films and Game Change, produced in 2012 by HBO Films, as "Kid in Rope-line." Justin works at the Villages of Rockville Lutheran Home and Calvary Pentecostal Ministries. He is active in Special Olympics, competing in power-lifting, dance team, and basketball. Justin loves watching movies and singing and dancing along with his favorite YouTube videos.
"Thank You to everyone for all your help and support!"
Music Director and Accompanist, Summer Cabaret
"Thank you to all of the Cabaret performers for your hard work and positive attitudes. It's been a joy making music together!"
Pat Kearns-Michaelsen first volunteered at ArtStream in 2015, working front of house for the Silver Spring productions. This is her first year as an onstage mentor. Pat has also acted at American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, FL.
"I want to thank my amazing daughter for this opportunity."
Ana Bradley is a 29-year-old actor from Bethesda, MD. She has been acting with ArtStream for eight years. She also performed with Bethesda Academy of Performing arts (now Imagination Stage), Stages St. Louis, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, and St. Louis Ballet School. Ana works as a Library Aid at Smithsonian Libraries. She likes to read, especially Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery.
"Cabaret is a lot of fun. I want to thank my family for supporting me."
Director, Summer Cabaret
Pamela Leighton-Bilik, a veteran educator (Drama, English, Chorus, Special Education), holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Communication Arts and Theatre from The University of Maryland. An international Gilbert and Sullivan director, Pamela is a founder and stage director of PB Theatricals Youth Theatre, which offers performance and technical theatre opportunities for young people in the U.K. This is Pamela’s first season with ArtStream.
Adam McCrensky is a 31 year old actor from Bethesda, MD. He has acted with ArtStream for 11 years. Adam has also performed six shows at Imagination Stage, one show at Adventure Theater MTC, and seven shows at the Bannockburn Clubhouse. Adam has regular volunteer positions at WAMU, Fabrangen, VisArts, and at the Artstream office. He enjoys using the internet, and eating out at places like Chipotle, Whole Foods, and Dawson’s Market. Adam is also an avid public transportation user - he likes to take the bus and sometimes takes it to Virginia.
“Love to all my friends in the cast!”
Vadim Baryshev is an ArtStream actor since (almost) its inception. He started performing at Imagination Stage and joined ArtStream in 2007. He also attends ArtStream classes where he learns acting skills. Vadim loves to participate in ArtStream productions and enjoys working with ArtStream cast members. Vadim is a member of a Public Policy Committee at Arc of Montgomery County. He is a relentless advocate for people with disabilities. He attended numerous Maryland Legislative meetings in Annapolis, met with Maryland's Senators and Representatives, and attended public rallies in Washington DC advocating for the rights and needs of people with disabilities. Vadim likes reading and listening to classical and contemporary music. He has hundreds book in his personal library. Vadim also enjoys bowling. He hopes to one day fulfill his destiny to find an ideal companion.
"Very thankful to Natalie Zanin for being my long time tutor no matter what."
Music Director/Accompanist Winter Cabaret
Keith Tittermary has worked with ArtStream off and on since its very beginning! Prior to that he was a Music Director for Imagination Stage's Pegagus and Icarus companies and worked with Carol Gulley on Wings! As an actor, he was recently nominated for a WATCH Award for his role as Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid. He is a local conductor, pianist, and music director and is on faculty at the Levine School of Music.
Director, Winter Cabaret
Natalie is a writer, director and actor who has appeared on area stages for over 20 years. Natalie researches, writes, and performs original historical theater pieces for Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, the National Archives, the International Spy Museum, and her own company, Historic Strolls. With Historic Strolls, she produces The Ghost Story Tour of Washington, DC’s longest running costumed/character-led tour and A Dickens of a Tour: Charles Dickens in Washington. With ArtStream, Natalie has worked as an assistant director and director with the Inclusive Theatre Companies, and has taught several classes. She is proud to direct Cabaret Company in its inaugural performance.
Leslie Ellen Moore, 53, has been acting with ArtStream since its beginning. Before ArtStream, she was one of the founding cast members of the acting troupe that would become Pegasus at Imagination Stage. She fondly remembers these early shows with Sally Bailey, including the BAPA Love Hour. Leslie has played roles ranging from the Ghost of Lady Macbeth to a world-famous chef who doesn’t know how to cook. Leslie works out at Spirit Club, does adaptive yoga, and likes to play Christmas carols on the piano.
Aaron Hyndman is an actor from Olney, MD. Aaron has been acting with ArtStream since 2014. His love for the theatre started young, playing baby Jesus in a Christmas play at church — it's hard to start younger than that! As a kid, Aaron performed in every opportunity that was available: from skits at preschool, to talent shows, and elementary and middle school plays. A favorite memory is that Aaron wanted to be monkey number five when his first-grade class performed "Five Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed" so he could be on stage and jump on the bed longer. In high school, Aaron played everything from a jock in High School Musical to a dancer in the Link Larkin show in Hairspray to a gentleman waltzing with Cinderella and a family member in The Sound of Music. In addition to acting, Aaron also plays drums.
More company members coming soon!
ArtStream, Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, supported by individual donors and in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Coincil of Montgomery County. ArtStream is also supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, on the web at msac.org. Inclusive performing companies are supported by a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Additional funding for the Cabaret Company comes from Kristen N. Chou and the Lee Chou Family Foundation.
Kristen N. Chou and the Lee Chou Family Foundation