Full Dark Cabaret Opens at Theatre Sheridan in Oakville
Sharron Matthews, who wrote and directs Full Dark, playing in Theatre Sheridan Nov. 21 – 30, describes the show as “scary, sexy, and heartfelt, with a dash of comedy thrown in for good measure. With songs by Usher, Rihanna, Beyonce, Coldplay, Hole, and Jessie J, there is something for everyone; this isn’t your Momma’s cabaret!”
Sharron Matthews graduated from Sheridan’s Music Theatre program in 1989, and has since traveled the world watching and performing cabaret in New York City, Europe, Australia and South Africa. Following a world tour, Sharron got a residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, where she decided to explore “the darker side of storytelling” in Full Dark, using the pop song as a foil, and drawing from Grimm’s Fairy Tales and her life, which Sharron says “is kooka.”
While performing Full Dark in her residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, Michael Rubinoff, came to the show and expressed an interest in further developing Full Dark at Sheridan. Michael and Sharron knew each other since he was the producer of “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” which Sharron acted in, at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto. “Because it is a learning experience for me feeling out this show and trying many new things in it,” Sharron explained, “working it out at Sheridan seemed like the perfect fit!”
Sharron added: “Michael is a thinking-outside-the-box kind of administrator. For a self-promoted artist as well as being the producer of my work, it is an awesome thing to be able to have the technical and administrative support offered by Theatre Sheridan.”
When asked what she thinks about being back at her old college, Sharron exclaimed, “It’s FANTASTIC! These young people are top notch and dedicated to doing good work as well as to learning something new. These are words to live your life by!” She has enjoyed working together with both music theatre students and technical production students on developing the production, and she describes her cabaret master class as “a wonderful initiative” that teaches students how to put together their own shows on a small budget.
Not everything is the same as Sharron remembers from when she was at Sheridan 24 years ago. “New buildings! Everywhere…” she described, “And so many more specialized programs and options for students to learn from working professionals.” Plus, “now the cafeteria has Thai Express!”
“It is truly like I have never left,” said Sharron, “and I feel about their age ‘till they tell me they are 19. Which I, just to be clear, am not. There is a level of professionalism that you feel that I am sure was there when I was here…but it seems like more. Theatre Sheridan feels like many of the professional work environments that I go in and out of on a daily basis.”
Learn more about Theatre Sheridan and buy tickets here.