Rachel Zientek has been named Skylight Music Theatre’s 2018 Lee Dougherty Ross Debut Artist Award winner. Each season Skylight recognizes an up and coming actor who has made his or her debut at Skylight Music Theatre. Zientek was featured as Hope in Skylight’s 2018 production of Urinetown. The award is named for Dougherty Ross, a Milwaukee voice coach and teacher who is a long-time supporter of Skylight.
“We are happy to award the Lee Dougherty Ross Debut Artist Award to Rachael Zientek,” said Skylight Artistic Director Ray Jivoff. “Rachael is a Greendale HS and UWM graduate who has performed in cabarets and participated in our summer HS workshops. URINETOWN was her Cabot Theatre debut and her sharp, intelligent acting coupled with her beautiful singing make her an ideal candidate for recognition.”
Zientek will be featured in the first Cabaret of Skylight’s 2018-19 season, titled Something to Say. Something to Say will take place on Friday Sept. 28 and Saturday Sept. 29 following performances of Pippin, and on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Zientek will be joined by friends Amber Smith and Eva Nimmer, with David Bonofiglio at the piano. This performance features some of Zientek’s favorite songs that tell stories through powerful lyrics, including contemporary music theatre works by composers like Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Georgia Stitt and Craig Carnelia.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Monday performances. Admission for each Cabaret performance is $10 plus tax and fees. Advance ticket purchase recommended due to limited seating. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.skylightmusictheatre.org/Cabaret or by visiting the box office at 158 N. Broadway or calling it at (414) 291-7800. The box office is open Monday-Saturday from noon–6 p.m.