Meet the Cast of “Cabaret Takes a Holiday”

Meet the incredible cast of “Cabaret Takes a Holiday.”  Opens Friday, December 2!  All cast photos by Chip Gertzog.

L-R) Jennifer Levy, Dean Reichard, Kerri Wilson, Barbara Schelstrate (music director), David Whitehead, Deborah Davidson (director), Courtney Camden, George Willis and Susan Dye.
Courtney Camden

Courtney Camden is a DC based writer / actress excited to make her Providence Players debut! Recent credits include GodspellCatch Me If You CanSister Act, & Clue: The Musical. She would like to thank her parents, friends, and Taylor Swift for their continued support and encouragement!

Susan R. Dye

Susan R. Dye is delighted to join the fun, creative Providence Players and be given another opportunity to sing!  Susan has also been heard in Pinky Swear Productions’ Singing Our Hearts Out and Songs from the Heart, American Family Choir’s Christmas in Washington and Kennedy Center Honors performances, Hexagon’s musical satires, The Arlington Players’ Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, H.M.S. Pinafore, Cabaret, and Promises, Promises, The Montgomery Playhouse’s Dictionary, and The British Players’ Snow White, Babes in the Wood, Mother Goose, Puss in Boots, and their 40th, 47th, 50th and 52nd Old Time Music Hall.

Jennifer Levy

Jennifer Levy is delighted to make her debut with Providence Players.  Most recently seen in McLean Community Players’ production of The Show Must Go On, her other credits with MCP include productions of Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Oliver!, Damn Yankees, Calendar Girls,  Life With Father, Children of a Lesser God and Born Yesterday.   She performed in Vienna Theater Company’s productions of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” and “Cinderella.”  For ten years, she was a featured performer in Hexagon’s annual satirical musical revue in Washington, D.C.

Dean Reichard

Dean Reichard is active in the DMV cabaret community, having conceived, directed, and performed in 16 installments of the CHAWbaret series at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to date.  Dean has performed in various showcases of the DC Cabaret Network (DCCN), including their 2022 Fringe Festival show “This Is Cabaret.” Other credits include Curtains (2019, TAP), CHESS (2015, KAT), Jekyll and Hyde: the Musical (2011, KAT), Side Show (2007, ESP), Jesus Christ Superstar (2006, SMP), a cappella group NWYT, and GMCW.

David Whitehead

David Whitehead is a veteran member of PPF and long-time board member having served as President and Treasurer. He has played many roles with PPF including Antonio Salieri in the 2016 production of Amadeus, which earned him a WATCH nomination for outstanding lead actor in a play. He has also been a set and light designer, stage manager, and currently manages PPF’s marketing efforts as well as serving as all around “fetch it” and “get it done” guy.

George Willis

George Willis, as a 1984 graduate of West Point, distinguished himself as a “singing soldier” and created musical bonds that he maintains as a member of the local West Point Alumni Glee Club.  He came to the DMV in 1993 as a performer on the Spirit of Washington.  He continued as the singing server, “Biscuit Boy,” at the Springfield Silver Diner.  He has performed with several theater groups over the last 20 years, (most recently in MCP’s “The Show Must Go On”)and he hopes this performance with the Providence Players will lead to many more.

Kerri Wilson

Kerri Wilson is thrilled to be back on stage after transitioning to the administrative side of Theatre. Favorite past roles include Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Sonia in Godspell, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She would like to thank Deborah Davidson for the opportunity to be a part of Providence Players, as well as the opportunity to be born. Josie Pye and Rachel Lynde, back together again!

About the Music Director:  Barbara Schelstrate

Barbara Schelstrate

Barbara Schelstrate (Music Director) is glad to be taking a holiday with the Providence Players Cabaret!  Other music-directing credits include Gilbert & Sullivan shows at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors and numerous musicals at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, the world premiere of Alice Adams at CHAW in 2016, and annual productions for an inclusive theater company, ArtStream, for which she also composes the music.  Her other compositions include a one-act opera, Frigga and the Mistletoe, and a musical version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was presented at CHAW in 2017.  Ms. Schelstrate also has a singing resume, having performed with the Washington National Opera Chorus in such productions as Aida and MacBeth.

Deborah Davidson

About the Director:  Deborah Davidson

An actor and cabaret singer, Deborah Davidson is making her debut as a director with this show. Providence Players audiences saw her as Mattie Fae in Providence Players’ production of August: Osage County. She has written and performed in the one-woman shows With A Song in My HeartI’m Still Here and A Sorta Cabaret at the Arts Club of Washington, the Corner Store on Capitol Hill, and the Indigo Room at the Atlas Arts Center.  A Yale University Cabaret Fellow, she has appeared in many cabarets, including the Fringe Festival’s Naked Cabaret, CHAWbaret, and the D.C. Cabaret Network’s Showcase.

Local theatre appearances include 25 characters in 50 Ways, another Fringe production; Mme. Renaud in La Cage aux Folles (McLean Players); Hattie in Follies (Arlington Players); Mrs. Boyle in Prelude to a Kiss (Foundry Theatre); Gabrielle and the French Tart in Dear World (American Century Theatre) and multiple roles in The Laramie Project (Foundry Theatre) as well as lead performing roles in four Hexagon shows.