A SHAKESEPARE CABARET
Friday, May 14th 7pm-9pm
Tier One VIP: $100
includes table with linen and 2 chairs
Tier Two: $25/ticket
must bring your own chair
Tier Three: $15/ticket
must bring your own chair
Indra Thomas: Known for her lush and warm voice, Ms. Thomas has performed at many of the world class opera houses and venues, such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera; she has performed at prominent venues here in the US, France, Germany, Spain and England, including the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Among numerous top orchestras with which she has appeared are the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra – as well as leading orchestras in Paris, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Boston, Cleveland and Detroit. Ms. Thomas has graced several famous music festivals such as the Bregenz Festspiele in Bregenz, Austria, Chorégies , d’Orange in France and the Proms Summer Festival in London.
In the wake of her professional debut at Carnegie Hall in Messa di Requiem by Verdi, her work has been marked by rapturous public and critical acclaim. She soon blossomed into one the world’s truly great operatic and concert sopranos, with a particular affinity for Verdi roles. In constant demand, her performances are consistently distinguished by the striking vocal beauty and deep emotional impact of her singing—as well as her smoldering intensity as a singing actress.
Catch Ms. Thomas cameo appearance on the big screen in “The Upside” (starring Brain Cranston and Kevin Hart) as the Queen of the Night and singing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” in the funeral scene of the Academy Award-winning film “Driving Miss Daisy”. Ms. Thomas was Emmy nominated for her performance of the “Porgy and Bess Suite” on the New Year’s Eve Broadcast Live from Lincoln Center and also was Grammy Nominated for her recording of Michael Tippett’s “A Child Of Our Time” with the London Symphony Orchestra.
A minister’s daughter whose mother was a nurse and gifted, amateur singer, Ms. Thomas was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate of Shorter College and of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Ms. Thomas is now Visiting Professor of Voice and Director of Opera at Shorter University in Rome, GA and the Assistant Music Liaison at Little Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, GA.
Jill Hames Graham is an Atlanta actress and Shorter College graduate. She is thrilled to be performing and supporting live theatre in Rome, and anywhere else that will let her. Atlanta credits include: “Hands On A Hardbody”- The New Aurora Theatre, “A Tuna Christmas”- Georgia Ensemble Theatre and “Company”- Actors Express.
Sherri d. Sutton spins balls of yarn into hilarious stories. She is a monologist, actor, director, and writer who hails from Georgia and tours internationally. Her Southern roots run deep, but thank God the branches reach wide.
After years of performing as an actor and director, Sherri sold everything but her dog in a yard sale and moved to New York City to perform stand-up comedy and became a staple of the great comedy clubs such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Comix, Gotham, and The Improv. Sherri has opened for Kevin Hart and loads of amazing comics who inspire her to just get better.
Sherri’s life story is fascinating and her humor reflects her truth of joining a cult; her religious-zealot, shopaholic, manic-depressive mother; and her father who beat up a monkey. People from the US to Indonesia find her journey hysterically funny and touchingly poignant. Sherri's various one-woman shows Don't Make Fun of Jesus; Taking Out the White Trash!; and Dumped by a Clown, Living with Mama-not a Metaphor have played to sold-out crowds in New York, Atlanta, Canada, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and throughout Europe.
Sherri performed at the TV Gala Special Hystereotypes for the 2011 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and again in 2012 for the Women Who Kill gala. She shot a TV pilot, Funhouse, with creator's Chris Lowell of GLOW. She loves playing the uncomfortable alpha ‘J’ in Unicorn Plan-it! Sherri is currently writing her new TV series with Brian McElhaney of the famous sketch group Britanick and SNL. Megan Hayes and Sherri have completely their first draft of their TV series, Devil Went Down to Georgia and are excited to tear it apart and start draft number two! After six years in Switzerland, this little devil currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Julie Bearden Carver, pianist, music director, voice and acting coach, orchestrato and arranger, made her Broadway debut playing Piano 1 for Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City where she accompanied Actors Equity Association principal and ensemble auditions, classes at NYU, and students at Barnard-Columbia Theatre program. At the Juilliard School and Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Artis -Naples, and stages across the country, Julie has played many for notable composers, conductors, and vocalists including Jamie Barton, Andrea Bocelli, Bernadette Peters, and Eric Whitacre. She has accompanied dance programs at University of Illinois and Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet.
Julie is the Founding Artistic Director of The Callback Company, an international musical theatre audition coaching and consulting service where she prepares vocalists and actors for a variety of performances, competitions, and college auditions through group and private in-person and Zoom lessons. Her roster of piano and voice students have been accepted to prestigious college voice, piano, and musical theatre programs across the country including University of Michigan. Julie’s vast coaching experience in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and Southwest Florida, has included preparing actor singers for performances on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, national tours, and regional productions including the 2010 national tour of The Sound of Music, choral preparation for Rome Symphony Orchestra Chorus (Georgia) productions of La Cenerentola and Children of Zeus, The Shortened Attention Span Festival premiere of Echo and Narcissus at the Players Theater, NYC and numerous college theatre productions. Arranging and orchestration credits include the 2009 New York City premiere of her revue It’s the Talk of the Town: The Music of Jerry Livingston, as well as a new musical setting of Two Gentlemen of Verona, a 2019 in collaboration with Gail Deschamps, formerly of Florida Shakespeare Festival, and her newest show: A Shakespeare Cabaret. Julie currently resides in Rome, Georgia with her husband, three children, and their furchild named Mochi.