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CABARET Runs Oct. 13-16

D2D_Cabaret promoCABARET
Dare to Defy Productions
Oct. 13-16
PNC Arts Annex [Dayton]

Cast: Alex Everett as Emcee, Charity Farrell as Sally Bowles, Garrett Young as Cliff Bradshaw, Joshua Stucky as Fraulein Schneider, Saul Caplan as Herr Schultz, Steven Lasiter as Ernst Ludwig & Amy Askins as Fraulein Kost
Kit Kat Ensemble:  William Boatwright, Naman Clark, Courtney Collinsworth, Kiersten Farmer, Abbey Grace, Lindsey Morrison, Anna Stanford, Caroline Thompson & Scott Winters

On his first night in Berlin, Clifford Bradshaw, a struggling American writer, wanders into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy nightclub overseen by the strange, omniscient and gender-bending Master of Ceremonies, “the Emcee.” Here, Cliff meets Sally Bowles, a vivacious, talented cabaret performer, and a whirlwind romance ensues. Daring, provocative and exuberantly entertaining, Cabaret explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

9/14/21 Covid-19 Policy: The D2D Staff/ Board recently met to discuss the rising cases of Covid in the Dayton area. It is our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our actors, crew and staff, as well as our audience. Recent updates from the CDC recommend that all people begin wearing masks indoors in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates, so we will be requiring masks for all audience members, regardless of vaccination status. All actors, staff and crew (over 12 years of age) are required to be fully vaccinated prior to our first rehearsals, and will be unmasked during the duration of the performance.
Note: Always verify the latest policy changes before attendance.

  • Wed-Thu, Oct. 13-14 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, Oct. 15 at 8pm
  • Sat, Oct. 16 at 2pm & 8pm

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BACK 2 THE 80S, a Totally Tubular Cabaret Runs Aug. 27-28

D2D_Back to the 80s logoBACK 2 THE 80S, a Totally Tubular Cabaret
Dare to Defy Productions
Aug. 27-28
Baum Opera House [Miamisburg]

Cast: Abbey Stamper, Allie Haines, Allison Rogers, Angie Thacker, Brennan Paulin, Callie Hayes, Cole Schreier, Courtney Collinsworth, Ella Kosins, Emma Rose Myers, Eric Pettit, Grace Rooney, Haley Hemmelgarn, Isabella Spary, Joel Wydman, Kassidy Carter, Layla Olich, Mackensie King, Morgan Tracy, Naman Clark, Neve Barker, Philip Drennen, Raef Norgaard, Regin Potter, Rey Howe, Roney Pena, Samantha Conradi & Sophia Rapson

Join us at a Totally Tubular 80s Cabaret! Immerse yourself in an awesome blast to the past!! This performance is a true celebration of 80s music, fashion and dance performed by an incredible group of singers, dancers, actors and musicians.

Every patron who comes dressed in 80s attire will receive a photo op with the cast following the show and will be entered into a drawing for an 80s themed gift basket and a $50 Visa Gift Card. One winner will be drawn  and the prize awarded the evening of each performance.

We have a limited number of VIP tickets which will get you a reserved parking spot, one free drink, front row (or early choice seating) and an opportunity to make a dedication to someone (we will record it for you!).

If you are purchasing 10 or more tickets send an e-mail to norgaard@dare2defy.org for group ticket pricing.

  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 27-28 at 8pm

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Cast Announced for CABARET at Dare to Defy Productions

D2D_logoDare to Defy Productions is excited to announce the cast of CABARET! Tickets go on sale JULY 30th, so don’t wait- grab them while you can.


  • Emcee – Alex Everett
  • Sally Bowles – Charity Farrell
  • Cliff Bradshaw – Garrett Young
  • Fraulein Schneider – Joshua Stucky
  • Herr Schultz – Saul Caplan
  • Ernst Ludwig – Steven Lasiter
  • Fraulein Kost – Amy Askins


  • William Boatwright
  • Naman Clark
  • Courtney Collinsworth
  • Kiersten Farmer
  • Abbey Grace
  • Lindsey Morrison
  • Anna Stanford
  • Caroline Thompson
  • Scott Winters

Performances run Oct. 13-16 at The PNC Arts Annex.

For more information visit www.dare2defy.org.

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KISS ME KATE Runs July 23-24

D2D_Kiss Me Kate logoKISS ME KATE
Dare to Defy Productions
July 23-24
Stubbs Park [Centerville]

The story centers on a cast putting on a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between the show’s director, producer and star and his ex-wife who plays the leading lady. Free. Bring seating.

  • Fri, July 23 at 7pm
  • Sat, July 24 at 2pm & 7pm

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Video Auditions Announced for CABARET and BACK TO THE 80S at Dare 2 Defy Productions

D2D_logoDare 2 Defy Productions is currently accepting video submissions for CABARET and BACK TO THE 80s!

Please send 1-2 songs in the style of the show to auditions@dare2defy.org along with your headshot and resume. Once we have received your video audition, we will send callback materials. Please upload all videos to YouTube or Vimeo or send via large file transfer service (Dropbox, etc).

All roles are paid, non-union contracts.

If you do not wish to send a video but want to be considered, please email auditions@dare2defy.org and we will schedule you an audition time on the callback dates below. If you cannot attend callbacks, please let us know and we will conduct them over video or set up another time.


Presented by The Rubi Girls and Square One Salon
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Directed by Philip Drennen

Rehearsals begin Sept 7
Presented Oct 14-16 at the PNC Arts Annex

Daring, provocative and exuberantly entertaining, Cabaret explores the dark and heady life of Bohemian Berlin as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

Casting Adults 18+ of all ethnicities and gender identities for all roles
**Please note that the roles of the Emcee and Fraulein Schneider have been cast


  • SALLY BOWLES – A British Cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Klub
    Vocal Range – Low A to High C – Strong Belt A quirky character that comes across as flighty – yet at times struggles with knowing the darkness of the reality of her life as a cabaret performer. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance Age Range 20s to 30s. Speaks with a British Accent.
  • CLIFFORD BRADSHAW – An American novelist and English teacher traveling to Berlin
    Vocal Range – Low A to High E – Tenor Presented as a closeted gay man exploring his sexuality. Comfortable with stage movement and light dance Age range Late 20s to Mid 30s. Speaks with an American accent.
  • HERR SCHULTZ – One of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers and the proprietor of a Fruit Shop. Vocal Range – Low G to High F Age Range 40+ . Speaks with a German accent.
  • FRAULEIN KOST – Another of Fraulein Schneider’s roomers.
    Vocal Range – Low A flat to High F – Alto/Mezzo She earns money by offering favours to sailors. Age Range – 20s to 40s. Speaks with a German accent.
  • ERNST LUDWIG – A friendly and Likeable German Sings in the Chorus
    Vocal range – flexible Takes English lessons from Cliff and smuggles funds for the Nazi Party. Age Range – 25+. Speaks with a German accent.
  • KIT KAT GIRLS – Kit Kat Club Performers and Various Features
    Vocal Range – Strong Singers in all voice parts. The individuals will also be part of various scenes as performers and as club patrons. Features (“Two Ladies,” “Telephone Dance,” etc.) will be drawn from this group. Strong dance skills required. Age Range – 18+.
  • MALE ENSEMBLE – Kit Kat Klub Waiters and Patrons and Various Features
    Vocal Range – Strong Singers in all voice parts. Features (Bobby, Victor, “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” etc.) will be drawn from this group. Strong dance skills required. Age Range – 18+.

Written by Neil Gooding, Additional Material by Stuart Smith
Revised Orchestrations and Arrangements by Brett Foster
Original Musical Adaptation by Scott Copeman
Directed by Becki Norgaard

Rehearsals begin July 26
Presented September 3-4 at The Victoria Theater

From the era that brought the world the Rubik’s Cube, Max Headroom and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the “totally awesome” musical Back to the 80’s. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Karate Kid, Back to the 80’s is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.
Casting actors who are or can convincingly play high school students, all ethnicities and gender identities for all roles
**The roles of Michael and Mrs. Brannigan have been cast


  • COREY PALMER (SENIOR) – The narrator of the show. Corey Snr is pushing 30, living in the year 2000, and reminiscing about the 80s (his school days), and his love for Tiffany Houston.
  • COREY PALMER (JUNIOR) – He is 17 and in his Senior Year. A very likeable, very ordinary American teenager.
  • ALF BUELLER – One of Corey Junior’s two best friends. A likeable teenager, only just coming out of childhood.
  • KIRK KEATON – Corey’s other best friend. Corey, Alf and Kirk are very close, but they are rather naïve, particularly about women.
  • TIFFANY HOUSTON – One of the group of girls that “Just Wanna Have Fun”. A cute, bubbly teenage female from the 80s, innocent, naïve and doe-eyed about boys and love – aspiring to be Cyndi Lauper and Madonna rolled into one.
  • CYNDI GIBSON – One of Tiffany’s best friends. More street-smart than Tiffany, Cyndi knows that boyfriends are a passport to attention and presents.
  • MEL EASTON – Another one of the inner click of “The Cool Girls”. An all-singing, all-dancing party girl.
  • KIM EASTON – The twin sister of Mel – although for ease of casting, they will probably be fraternal, not identical.
  • BILLY ARNOLD – One of Michael Feldman’s posse. Another popular, good-looking, athletic guy. The kind of person that every 17 year old wants to be (particularly if they are not popular, good-looking or athletic!!)
  • LIONEL ASTLEY – Lionel is fairly similar to Billy. Not quite as cool as the others, but because he is in the group, the girls put up with him anyway.
  • HUEY JACKSON – The final guy to round out the group of Michael Feldman’s friends. Not much else to be said – big hair, wears clothes that were cool at the time, but now just look like fluorescent mismatches of colour.
  • FEARGAL McFERRIN – The school nerd.
  • EILEEN REAGAN – The new arrival, charming, full of life and vitality – and a dreamer who lovingly longs for the day when she has a boyfriend.
  • LAURA WILDE – One of the girls that adopts Eileen into their group when she arrives at the school.
  • DEBBIE FOX – Laura’s best friend. Both girls have trouble distinguishing between reality (i.e. that they have had no boyfriends) and fantasy (that they are married to Neil Patrick Harris).
  • MR STEVIE COCKER – The Deputy Principal and maths teacher at William Ocean High School. One of only two teachers who will appear in the show. Stevie sees a future together with Sheena, but has major problems when he discovers he is dating a former centrefold (even though she is now a respectable, conservative English teacher.)

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