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Titanical: The Musical newest laugh-a-minute spoof from Highlight Cabaret

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The viewers at Highlight Cabaret is simply ending up their salads when Jeff Halaby and Aimée Beaudoin seem on the entrance of the room.

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Wearing Edwardian vogue for his or her present, Titanical: The Musical, the 2 make their method across the tables, throwing out the occasional ribald witticism or barely prodding prospects for data to the amusement of everybody concerned. The place are they from? What are they doing right here? The hilarity is redoubled within the room when Vermilion and Sherwood Park are talked about in passing afterward in the course of the parody of The Titanic, dropped at simply the correct second to interrupt the fourth wall.

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“That is my favourite a part of the present,” Halaby says. “What it does is ready the viewers up in order that they perceive what they are going to be in for that night. We get numerous suggestions from folks saying, ‘Oh, that was superb.’ It all the time brings the group up.”

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It isn’t simply Halaby and Beaudoin’s personalised, cheeky callbacks to the viewers that hooks their prospects. There are the musical sequences and choreography involving songs like Come Sail Away by Styx, and Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Child, all weaved tightly within the scene, all urgent nostalgic buttons for the middle-aged crowd. Popular culture references fly as quick and livid because the costume modifications whereas the 4 actors, together with Tyler Pinset and Jamie Hudson, bounce between almost a dozen characters.

Tyler Pinset, left, and Jamie Hudson in Titanical: The Musical, at The Spotlight Cabaret through Dec. 31.
Tyler Pinset, left, and Jamie Hudson in Titanical: The Musical, at The Highlight Cabaret via Dec. 31. Photograph by Darla Woodley /provided

They pull it off with vitality and aplomb, even with the small stage and infrequently ridiculous props. It helps to have seen the James Cameron-directed film they’re spoofing, however we are able to guarantee you it is not truly essential to get a lot of the broad gags. Titanical is somewhat edgier than your typical middlebrow dinner theater present, possibly a bit shaggier at elements, although Halaby rapidly notes they make the efficiency as accessible as doable for probably the most variety of folks.

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“Our sport plan has been to attempt to do stuff that is extraordinarily well-known,” Halaby says. “When folks learn the title of the play they know what they’re coming to see. We had been going to provide you with a play primarily based round The Nice Gatsby subsequent, however then we polled audiences on whether or not they needed to see that or one thing referred to as Dirtier Dancing they instantly went for Dirtier Dancing, so that is what we’ll be doing subsequent.”

In between acts, whereas the actors take a slight break, dinner is served. 4 choices can be found; one is vegetarian, one a seafood dish in a tip of the captain’s hat to the theme of the present. We have chosen the Deckhand Rooster, which the menu describes as a “macadamia-crusted hen breast, with pan flashed native greens, garlic couscous, candy chili and jungle coconut curry.” It is fairly tasty, and the Callebaut chocolate espresso toffee trifle is a pleasant follow-up.

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“It isn’t simply concerning the present,” Halaby says. “We have additionally bought this stunning room. So we needed to have meals that is a bit extra stunning as effectively, to attempt to elevate the shopper’s expertise as a lot as we are able to.”

Titanical runs via every weekend simply into January, and the variety of sold-out reveals that litter their schedule via the upcoming month is testomony to the exhausting work they’ve put into the manufacturing. Quickly, nevertheless, Halaby and Beaudoin might want to begin fascinated about Dirtier Dancing, which given their intense schedule hasn’t even made it out of the conceptual stage but, a lot much less the primary draft. That does not trouble Halaby, nevertheless.

“It is good to have the strain,” he laughs. “Although I additionally assume we’d lose one thing if we bought it completed too far upfront. Quickly we’ll be sitting round my kitchen desk and her kitchen desk for 2 weeks writing a present, making jokes that we chuckle at. That is us, that is who we’re.”

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Titanic: The Musical

When Thursday via Saturday at 6 pm, Sundays at 5 pm till Dec. 31

the place Highlight Cabaret, 8217 104 St.

tickets $74.99, together with dinner, obtainable from spotlightcabaret.ca

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