‘I love sharing - the things I've learned, my (mis)adventures'
TRURO - Andrew Morrisey loves being another character while on stage, yet he also likes being himself.
That's exactly why the 22-year-old Truro native is bringing his one-man show back to town next weekend.
"I'm used to playing other characters on stage and I absolutely love it. It's very different for me," said Morrisey, who will perform at the Best Western Plus Glengarry at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 23. "But with cabaret style, I'm myself. I get to tell my own stories. I love sharing - the things I've learned, my (mis) adventures."
Morrisey, who graduated from the music theatre performance program at Sheridan College last year, started the one-man show at the Marigold Cultural Centre.
This year, however, he wanted more of a cabaret-style performance, which is why he's moved to the Glengarry for his performance. The show will be all new compared to last year's and is coming off a successful run at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
"There will be tables set up and a cash bar, so it will have that kind of cabaret feel," said Morrisey. "I'll be performing all of my favourite songs in genres such as musical theatre, Broadway, jazz and even some country.
"I say there will be at least one song for everyone."
Having just returned from a nine-day International Cabaret Conference at Yale University, Morrisey will tell the audience a little about his experience working with some of the top Broadway and cabaret performers.
"It was just incredible," he said of the conference that also saw 19 others from around the world participate. "We learned how to put together a cabaret, how to perform and how to direct it. The main thing we worked on was our songs and storytelling."
Morrisey said he was scared of the instructors at the beginning of the conference, but loved the experience by the end of the nine days.
"I feel like I grew so much in such a short period of time."
Along with his cabaret conference stories, audience members will hear about his four days as an aupair in Austria.
Rachel O'Brien will accompany Morrisey on the piano.
Admission to the show is by donation at the door. Seating is limited, so get there early.
IF YOU GO:
What: One-man show, cabaret style
Who: Truro native Andrew Morrisey
When: Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Best Western Plus Glengarry on Willow Street in Truro
Admission: By donation
To note: Cash bar will be on sight and seating is limited