The Not Here Cabaret is about Christine’s and Michael’s journeys from their shared roots in the Midwest to their making their homes in Baltimore, with a few stops along the way at places they’ve been, places they’d like to go, and places they have absolutely no intention of visiting (putting the NOT in Not Here), told through songs by The Dixie Chicks, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Willie Nelson, Bono, Jason Robert Brown, Cy Coleman, Amanda McBroom, Irving Berlin, Frank Loesser, Goldrich & Heisler, and Milwaukee’s own Sigmund Snopek III. They tell stories of traveling, of looking for home, for love, for laughs, for joy, and ultimately finding it… Here.
Mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel called her voice“an amazing instrument.” The Washington Post said, “her voice is lovely and her stage presence is natural and full of vitality." Recent performances include Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Paroo in Music Man and Mother Abbess in Sound of Music. In October 2015, she made her NYC debut in scenes from On The Town, Candide and Wonderful Town in a tribute concert entitled Bernstein Remembered. She is an alto soloist at Cathedral of Mary our Queen and at Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore. On recordings, Ms. Thomas may be heard on Mark Brymer's “Christmas Suite” with Milwaukee Children' s Choir, “Flight Box” with Present Music, "Cinq Poe?mes de Tristan Tzara" with pianist Milton Peckarsky on the CD La Cle? de L'Horizon and on comedian/singer Joel Kopischke’s CD, I Got Yule, Babe. Ms. Thomas received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. She is on the voice faculty at Howard Community College and teaches privately at her home in Roland Park.
Michael Tan is a local music director who has worked on more than 45 shows in 7 theatres in the Greater Baltimore area. His favorites include: Das Barbecü; Evita; Zombie Prom; Altar Boyz; The Rocky Horror Show; Into the Woods; The Full Monty; Company; Avenue Q; A Little Night Music; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Cabaret; Sweeney Todd; Bare: a Pop Opera; Six Dead Queens and An Inflatable Henry (American Premiere); Falsettos; Sunday In The Park With George; and The Spitfire Grill. He directed the BPF musical Unraveled on the Gravel (World Premiere, 2nd Best Production). His favorite onstage roles include Michael Novak (God of Carnage), Murray (The Odd Couple), Gregor/Papa and the Arbiter (Chess), The Senator (Hello Again), and Officer Murphy/Frank Maurrant u/s-one performance in role (Street Scene). He is the music director at St. John’s UCC, and does some vocal coaching as well. By day, he is the Director of the Center for Alternative and Supported Education at the Community College of Baltimore County, providing courses to adults with developmental disabilities.