May 2016


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DCCN Open Mic


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, May 9

8:00 p.m. start


$15 singers

$10 non-participants


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

Bring a friend for a $5 discount!


DCCN Merchandise Now Available via CafePress


Show off your DC Cabaret Network swag with DCCN t-shirts, tote bags, water bottles, mouse pads, hoodies, and more.


Check out the selection of merchandise available from our CafePress shop, and let us know if there are other products you'd like to see!


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DCCN Member Justin Ritchie in "The Secret Garden" April 8 - May 8



DCCN Member Justin Ritchie will be playing the role of Archibald Craven in the beloved musical The Secret Garden at the Colonial Players of Annapolis.  Performances will be Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm and Sundays @ 2pm beginning Friday, April 8th and running through Sunday, May 8th. 


Tickets and more information can be found at


Maggie's Cabaret "Annie and Heidi: We Hear Voices" - May 6




Maggie's Cabaret

Friday, May 6th at 8:00 pm


Maggie's Cabaret is pleased to present "Annie and Heidi: We Hear Voices" on Friday, May 6th at 8:00 p.m, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  


The show will feature songs about growing up,

 growing wise, and yes, growing older.  At times witty, at other times contemplative, Annie Elliott and Heidi Mayor will share their experiences of imparting life lessons to the next generation and, every once in a while, actually learning those lessons themselves.  


With Jeff Hamlin, Musical Direction/piano; James Elliott on bass; and Direction by Steven Cupo.  Doors open at 7:15.  A $20 donation to the church includes a glass of wine or soda and light refreshments.


Germano's Open Mic - May 18





You are warmly invited to join host, Mary Reilly, on Wednesday, May 18th for the next Open Mic at The Cabaret at Germano's

300 S. High Street

Baltimore, MD. 21202


Sign-up at 7:00

Singing begins at 7:30


This month's featured performer:  Eileen Warner

Accompanist:   Alex Abdoulaev




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 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: 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:


Northern Virginia Vocal Studios:



Email:      Voice   (202)683-7874 or (703)354-8623


Backstage with Annie Elliot & Heidi Mayor




What attracted you to the cabaret genre?


Annie Elliot: I sang in groups and musicals when I was younger, but because I don't have a

 Broadway belt-y voice, I thought that performing solo as an adult wasn't an option. When I saw Annie Hall, though, and saw Diane Keaton sing, "Seems Like Old Times," something clicked for me. She sings quietly but emotionally and directly...I thought that cabaret was a genre I could try.


Heidi Mayor: I grew up singing along to the radio, mostly rock, some country.  But by a host of odd coincidences, I ended up singing in a very loosely concocted band, at around the same time a friend of mine (Cindy Hutchins) decided to give singing lessons. I decided to take lessons to support her, and to see if I could sing a little better. As Cindy is very involved in cabaret, she encouraged me to explore the genre, and the more I did, the more hooked I became.


Compared to other vocal genres, what's different about the cabaret experience for you?


Heidi Mayor: What I love about cabaret is how wide-open it is.  It seems to me that just about

anything can be a cabaret song, if the song has meaning for the singer. In this show, I'm doing a song from an old Disney movie, a 60's protest song, a bebop song, and a modern jazz number. I can think of country songs that mean a lot to me, and I could easily see them in a cabaret show.


It's all about the singer's connection to the song that drives the show. It's very intimate. I also love hearing others singing songs that I've heard before, when the singer offers a new

perspective.  If you put yourself into the song, the song becomes new for you, and for the audience.


Annie Elliot: I played the flute seriously for many years, so I think of myself more as a musician than a singer. Before taking singing lessons with Cindy Hutchins and Steve Cupo and George Fulgitini-Shakar's cabaret class, I never paid attention to lyrics.


But cabaret is all about telling your story, so you have to choose songs with lyrics that are

meaningful to you. I think that's the most difficult thing about cabaret: finding your songs. At first, I'd pull out my favorite songs by my favorite bands, but the lyrics didn't hold up for a cabaret performance. I now understand why some jazz or cabaret standards are standards: the lyrics are so versatile that they stand the test of time.


Where will we see and hear you next?


Annie & Heidi: We Hear Voices


Friday, May 6 th at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:15)

Maggie’s Cabaret

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC


Admission (includes a beverage and snacks) $20