July 2015


Join the DC Cabaret Network!


Please send your dues to:
DC Cabaret Network
P.O. Box 6259
Washington, DC 20015


or through PayPal at: www.dccabaretnetwork.org/membership.html


Membership Dues:
$45 through 12/31/2015


DCCN Open Mic


DCCN Open Mic - New and Improved

Come join us at our new location!

Downstairs at


The Black Squirrel

2427 18th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

(202) 232-1011


The Black Squirrel is located in Adams Morgan between La Fourchette and the Amsterdam Falafelshop





Monday, July 13
8:00 p.m. start

$15 singers
$10 non-participants

Music Director: Jeff Hamlin


Food and drinks are available. Social hour begins at 7:00 p.m.

Bring a friend for a $5 discount!


An Exciting Seminar on Cabaret Performance, Repertoire, and Resources: Michael Miyazaki 


Sunday, July 26, 5:30 p.m.

Black Squirrel

Washington, DC



The DC Cabaret Network is happy to announce that long-time member, Michael Miyazaki, will present a seminar titled “Cabaret Performance, Repertoire, and Resources.”

This informative workshop is designed as an entertaining and informative session for cabaret performers and cabaret audiences interested in the performing process.  The workshop starts with an examination of cabaret performance style, including a contrast to musical theater performance.  Thoughts are given on cabaret performers developing their “brand.”  Suggestions are given for how and where performers should search for repertoire, including a suggested “cabaret wardrobe” of songs that every cabaret performer should have.  Finally, the session provides a wide range of resources for finding music, music preparation, and further cabaret education.

The workshop will also feature videos of classic cabaret performances by cabaret greats including Mabel Mercer, Barbara Cook, Nancy LaMott, Julie Wilson, and many more.

This wonderful and informative opportunity for anyone interested in cabaret, whether as a performer or appreciative audience member, will be held on Sunday, July 26th from 5:30 to 8:30 at The Black Squirrel, 2427  18th Street NW, Washington, DC, on the 3rd floor.  There will be a $10 entry fee at the door for DC Cabaret Network members; $15 for non-members.  Please join us!



Tony Z and Stef: "The Roller Coaster of Love"


Friday evening, July 17, 2015

Germano’s Cabaret

Little Italy, Baltimore


Is there anyone who is a total stranger to the emotional peaks and valleys of romance?  Poets have been musing over this phenomenon for centuries, and the lyrics of many songs involve metaphors for the mercurial aspects of love, including  hot vs. cold, high vs. low, exuberance vs. despondence, clarity vs. bewilderment, supernatural trance, intoxication, the symbolism of the seasons, and the sheer madness of the “dizzy, dancing way you feel.”  Witness the Icarus-like imagery in “The Shadow Of Your Smile”: “Our wistful little star was far too high ...”   And imagine a young Sinatra, who once had “the world on a string” but later lies awake “in the wee, small hours of the morning,” thinking about the girl and undoubtedly feeling “bewitched, bothered and bewildered.”  Paradoxically, as Rodgers and Hart point out, the lover can even be “glad to be unhappy”! 


Join vocalist Tony Ziesat and incomparable jazz pianist Stef Scaggiari aboard the roller coaster.  Fasten your seatbelt!


Ticket price: $15.

Tickets  may be purchased online at:   www.germanospiattini.com


Phone: (410) 752-4515


Cabaret dining room opens at 6:00 pm.  Music begins at 7:30


Hairspray at Sitar Arts Center


July 30 - Aug. 2

Sitar Arts Center

Washington DC


From DCCN member Maris Wicker: "For the fourth summer, I am serving as vocal coach for the summer musical at Sitar Arts Center in Adams Morgan. (1700 Kalorama Road, NW) This means that, for 5 days a week for 6 weeks, I will be guiding our cast of 35 plus young people, including interns who come to us through DC's Summer Youth Employment Program (and a few oldsters as well) through all of the signing in "Hairspray." What a great show - and it couldn't be more timely. And I also get to play the gym teacher and prison matron! Sitar does a terrific job in its summer productions, and this one is really exciting.  Performances are Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 1 at 2.30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2.30 p.m. Tickets are free and go fast. To reserve a ticket, call 2020797-2145 on the magic day of July 6. www.sitarartscenter.org."


Classes, Workshops, and Instruction



George Fulginiti-Shakar offers private vocal coaching sessions and is also teaching a performance class at Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. George has worked with many singers helping them to develop vocal technique, audition material, cabaret acts, piano arrangements and transpositions of songs in the "right" key. Daytime and evening times are available.

Email to GeoFulShak@aol.com or call 202-332-7570.


Cindy Hutchins is currently offering private lessons in vocal & performance technique for teens and adults.

Learn the basics of healthy singing; increase your knowledge of music theory/sightsinging, and discover new song repertoire for auditions, cabaret shows, or just for fun.  Cindy is an experienced performer, teacher, and producer.

Afternoon and evening times are available.  Dupont Circle location accessible to metro.  Email:  cindy711@verizon.net or call 301-717-4665 for more information.





James K. McCully offers Professional Level Training for Opera, Musical Theater & Cabaret.


James is a former National Endowment for the Arts' Opera Musical Theater Fellow & On-Site Evaluator of Professional Opera and Musical Theater Companies and their Emerging Artists Training Programs across the nation.


He has taught on the voice faculties of Catholic University of America & National Conservatory. His students perform with AGMA Opera Houses/AEA Theatres, National/International Tours, PBS, The White House for Presidents & Her Majesty, The Queen, National Cathedral,  and the Armed Forces.


Washington DC Eastern Market Metro Vocal Studios:  www.VoiceLessonsDC.info


Northern Virginia Vocal Studios: www.VoiceLessonsNoVA.info



Email:  Maestro@JamesKMcCully.org      Voice   (202)683-7874 or (703)354-8623


Backstage with…


Backstage with… DC Cabaret performer Justin Ritchie!

Q. Justin, how did you come to the DCCN?

A. I took a class at the Theatre Lab with some friends.  The class was taught by Judy Simmons and George Fulginiti-Shakar and they told me about the DC Cabaret Network.  I started going to open mic nights and then I took more classes with other directors and music directors.  I fell in love with cabaret and the DC Cabaret Network has been a huge part of my life since I first found it.

Q.  You are much admired for your song choices. How do you find material that's right for you?

A. Everyone will tell you that you need to be attracted by the lyric first.  I think that’s true for the most part.  However, I’m always attracted to a beautiful or interesting melody first.  I sort of work backwards compared to most people.  Most of the time I hear the melody first and then I explore the lyric.  If the lyric isn’t something I feel the need to say or a story I need to tell then I set the song aside and keep looking.  I never sing a song that I don’t feel personally connected to or compelled to sing.  I’ve tried to sing a beautiful song that I wasn’t invested in (on several occasions) and it doesn’t work.  It’s just a beautiful song, but the energy in the room doesn’t change in the way it does when you sing a song with your heart.


Q. Where will we see and hear you next?

A.I’m still singing shows and promoting my first CD, “Feels Like Home”:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/feels-like-home/id881095683



I also have dates in DC and NYC later this year - the DC Cabaret Network will be the first to know as soon as I have the dates finalized!