Mother-daughter singing duo prepare to share the cabaret spotlight |

Mother-daughter singing duo prepare to share the cabaret spotlight

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Marlane Zettlemoyer, left, eyes Eileen Martin while rehearsing "Don't Tell Mama", a song they will perform along with Dawn Michele a the Glenwood Springs Center For the Arts Saturday. Zettlemoyer and Martin are mother and daughter.

When a mother-daughter act takes the stage at Saturday’s Evening of Cabaret, Glenwood Springs could get a little hot. After all, the two will be performing in some pretty sexy attire in a dimly lit setting.But forget all that – the music is what’s most important to these singers.Eileen Martin and Marlane Zettlemoyer will sing such numbers as “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Big Spender” at the 7 p.m. show at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.

“This will be our first chance to sing together, so Saturday will be special,” said Martin, an actress and singer from Glenwood Springs. “We’ll be wearing racy cabaret attire. For ‘Don’t Tell Mama,’ we’ll actually have on schoolgirl outfits.” Martin is the mother of Zettlemoyer, a 23-year-old who recently moved to Glenwood Springs after graduating from Rider University in New Jersey to be geographically closer to her mom.cabaret: see page 2cabaret: from page 1″I’ve always encouraged her to perform, even when she was younger in school and she played the flute,” said Martin, who grew up on the East Coast and moved to the valley 13 years ago. “We have a lot of fun singing and dancing cabaret style.”For Saturday’s show, Martin said she looks for inspiration in the cabaret stylings of singing legends Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland. She will open the event with “Life is a Cabaret” from “Cabaret,” the 1972 film that won Minnelli an Oscar for her role as Sally Bowles.”They are impeccable performers for me,” she said. “I try to do them justice.”

As an alumna of Evening of Cabaret and director of shows for the Defiance Players, Martin is no stranger to the arts. She once toured nationally as a singer for a six-piece, high-energy Top 40 band. Martin also wrote a version of “Cinderella” that won the people’s choice for best show in the Post Independent’s annual poll.”I started singing as a child, and my first show was probably when I was 8 years old,” said Martin, who is the secretary of the Defiance Players board. “I actually started singing opera in the beginning but branched off to different types of music. I really like doing community theater.”Martin said The Defiance Players choose to participate in Evening of Cabaret, the Center for the Arts’ most lucrative benefit of the year, to support local arts in the valley. Proceeds from tickets sales will help pay for the center’s dance program production costs and costumes.”The Defiance Players really want to help the center raise the funds,” she said. I started taking dance lessons there years ago and am still involved.”In its fourth year, Evening of Cabaret will present a variety of singers such as Martin and Zettlemoyer, as well as entertainers ranging from fire dancer Rachel Hanson to pianist and songwriter Seth Washburn.”Evening of Cabaret is a magical night, and it’s our favorite event at the center,” said Gayle Mortell, director of the Center for the Arts. “The event really showcases not only our dance students, but the pool of talent we have in Glenwood Springs. You know the performers love what they’re doing.”Mortell said Martin embodies such entertainer spirit, especially when working with the community.”Eileen is a real mentor to the kids, and she is just one dynamic talent,” Mortell said. “She has a lot of energy.”

Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518, aclark@postindependent.comWhere the Jazz is HotWHO: Singers, dancers and musiciansWHAT: fourth annual Evening of CabaretWHEN: 7 p.m. SaturdayWHERE: The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, 601 E Sixth St., 945-2414WHY: To raise funds for the center’s dance programTICKETS: $12/members, $16/nonmembers, $6/children

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