Husband-and-wife couple Doug Whisman and Ji-Eun Lee have enjoyed success in their Fishers music academy since 2004, and now one of their coaches has a new idea.
Jeannie Logan, a voice instructor, recently pitched the idea of Jeannie’s Cabaret, and her first class is already full.
“It’s quite a bit outside of what our norm is,” Whisman said of the new program. “This is different because it’s really each class is only five students preparing to put on their own cabaret-style concert.”
Students attend a two-hour Saturday class for six weeks. Logan coaches them on their performance. They then perform for approximately 30 minutes by themselves during the cabaret. According to Lee, the program provides kids a chance to perform outside a school recital.
“Kids don’t really have a chance to perform more than a song or two maybe in front of their family or parents. They can participate as students in a school talent show or in a recital, but time is very limited,” Lee said. “This cabaret takes them to the next step of being a real performer. Jeannie will coach them on how to interact with the audience, not only parents and family, but the strangers. It will be a great step up to be a real performer.”
Jeannie’s Cabaret is seeking students for the second session in March. Several of the five spots have already been filled. Although singers aren’t required to be a student of Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, they do require talent. Typically, cabaret students are between 10 and 12 years old.
Cost to participate in Jeannie’s Cabaret is $265, but the family is provided with 10 tickets priced at $25.
For more or to sign up, visit fishersmusic.com.
See Jeannie’s Cabaret
Jeannie’s Cabaret First Session Performance: 7 p.m., Feb. 24, at Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, 10029 E 126th St. D.
Jeannie’s Cabaret Second Session Performance: 7 p.m., May 5, at Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, 10029 E 126th St. D.
Tickets: $25. For more, visit fishersmusic.com/tickets.