Friday-Sunday 3.16-18, 3.23-25

Theatre of Dare: “Cabaret”

The Tony- and Oscar Award-winning musical takes a sad subject — life in Nazi Germany — and makes it better.

It will run six times at the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront.

Set in Berlin in 1931, the play focuses on the relationship between an American writer (Cliff Bradshaw) and a cabaret singer (Sally Bowles), who meet in the seedy nightclub known as the Kit Kat Klub.

A sub-plot about a failed romance involves a German boarding house owner (Fraulein Schultz) and a Jewish fruit vendor (Herr Schultz).

“It’s definitely serious stuff,” says Gail Hutchison, who’s directing the production for the community theater group, “but there are people singing and dancing — and there’s love all over the place.”

Among the show’s most-recognizable songs are the title tune, “Money” and “Maybe Next Time,” a torch ballad sung by Sally Bowles.

The cast includes:

  • Emcee: Jimmie Lee Brooks III
  • Cliff: Evan Tillett
  • Sally: Madeleine VanMiddlesworth
  • Ernst: Don Bridge
  • Fraulein Schneider: Janet Bryant
  • Herr Schultz: Steve Devaney
  • Fraulein Kost: Kelsey Thompson
  • Officer on the Train: Jared Eng-Hong
  • Max: Marshall Gray Pugh
  • Victor: Wallace Harvey
  • Bobby: Jared Eng-Hong
  • Sailor 1: Jared Eng-Hong
  • Sailor 2: Wallace Harvey
  • Nazi Youth: Jenna Moxley
  • Kit Kat Girls: Lisa Pfuhl, Nikki Conley, Missy Epperel, Betsy Head, Lara Parks
  • Kit Kat Guys: Jared, Marshall, Wallace Stuart Parks II
  • Background at Fruit Shop, singing backstage: Kathie Harkness. Beth Harkness, Jenna Moxley and Stephanie Harkness Moxley
  • Official on the Train: Stuart Parks II

When: 7:30 p.m. March 17, 18, 23 and 24, 2 p.m. March 18 and 25

Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students

Where: Roanoke Island Festival Park, One Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront

Info: theatreofdareobx.com

Tuesday 3.20

The Maggie Valley Band

The Asheville, North Carolina-based sister duo — Whitney Miller and Caroline Miller — makes its Outer Banks debut Tuesday, March 20, at Trio Wine Beer and Cheese in Kitty Hawk.

Tapping sources like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, the sisters traffic in music best described as Americana.

Both women are multi-instrumentalists (guitar, mandolin, bass) and singer-songwriters.

They just released a fine new album titled “The Hardest Thing.”

Listening to the record, it’s clear “the hardest thing” for the Millers to deal with is love.

On the mournful ballad “Meant to Be Lonesome,” the sisters sing “I didn’t want to break your heart/so instead I broke both of ours.”

And there’s “Leave Me Alone,” with Whitney and Caroline offering, “I don’t want to hurt you anymore/so I’ll just let you go.”

Other standout songs include the folksy “Cold Water” and “Rail Road,” which starts out slow and moody and then finishes with percussion and electronic beats.

What makes the album shine are the shimmering sibling harmonies, which make even the saddest songs about heartbreak and pain easy on the ears.

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: No cover

Where: Trio Wine, Beer and Cheese, 3708 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk

Info: (252) 261-0277, triowinebeercheese.com

Saturday 3.31

Seven Ten Oil

“Simply put, no song sounds the same, yet each song sounds like Seven Ten Oil.”

That’s what the Virginia Beach-based quartet, playing Saturday, March 31, at Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills, says about the group’s music.

The foursome — Chris Johnson on vocals, Jason McCallister on lead guitar, Les Mosely on bass and vocals and Vinnie Mastropasqua on drums — got together in 2008.

In 2010, Oil got a major break, opening for Kiss at the amphitheater in Virginia Beach.

Since then, they’ve carved out a niche by playing original rock and roll, full of heavy drum beats, cranking guitars and raw vocals.

Oil’s music is both fierce and melodic.

“Wait” is a perfect example.

It makes you want to pump your fists and sing along.

And they take a page from the Kiss playbook with a stage show that incorporates fog, lights and special effects.

When: 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Where: Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills

Info: (252) 449-2739, obbrewing.com

Music guru John Harper has been covering the local entertainment scene for The Coast and Virginian-Pilot since 1994. Harper also is longtime radio broadcaster and program director on the Outer Banks and can be heard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday on the local Triple A outlet WVOD-99.1-The Sound, where Harper serves as music director. In addition, Harper can be heard on Classic Rock 104.9 and 92.3 and is an award-winning wedding DJ.

Music guru John Harper has been covering the local entertainment scene for The Coast and Virginian-Pilot since 1994. Harper also is longtime radio broadcaster and program director on the Outer Banks and can be heard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday on the local Triple A outlet WVOD-99.1-The Sound, where Harper serves as music director. In addition, Harper can be heard on Classic Rock 104.9 and 92.3 and is an award-winning wedding DJ.

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