Cabaret Tip Tuesday At McElrath Cabaret: Food Tips For Cabaret Singers–Join Us!


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Here Jack Buchanan–(you’ll recognize him from the classic film musical The Band Wagon) and Gertrude Lawrence (whose life was protrayed by Julie Andrews in the great movie Star!) offer up a duet of “A Cup of Coffee, A Sandwich and You.”  Enjoy!


Welcome to Cabaret Tip Tuesday at McElrath Cabaret, where we offer cabaret performance tips to help you put together a great performance at your next show!


Today I want to share some food tips for cabaret singers.


We have a friend who got up on stage to do a 2-hour long show one time.  He got really busy getting ready before his set, and forgot to eat.  He also had not placed any water for himself on stage.  He got about halfway through his show, and started feeling light headed.  He managed to get to the intermission, and grabbed a quick snack and some water to drink, and was able to finish the show.  But he looked noticeably shaky and had to sit down for the second part of his first set.


Don’t let that happen to you.  You want to plan out in advance your time that you use in preparation for your show so that you allow yourself a little time to have a bite to eat.  I am someone who doesn’t like a heavy meal before I go on to perform, but even so it makes sense to have a little something nourishing to sustain you while you are on stage.


My advice is a little carbohydrate and a little protein.  The carbohydrate will raise your blood sugar a little, giving you a little boost of energy, and the protein will sustain the blood sugar rise so that when the carbs wear off the protein will kick in and keep you going for a longer time.  Some good choices might be a slice of whole wheat bread and some sliced ham, chicken or turkey.  A little mini sandwich prior to your cabaret show!  Don’t eat so much that you’re stuffed, but have enough to get you through what you have to do on stage–this will take a little experimenting on your part to determine the right foods in the right amounts, but it is worth the effort because you’ll feel better when you perform.  You probably will have an appetite after the energy expenditure of your show, so you can plan on having more to eat later if you wish.


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Mondays:  Cabaret Soiree Cabaret Blog Link Party

Tuesdays:  Cabaret Tip Tuesday

Wednesdays:  Ask A Cabaret Question

Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer

Fridays:  Cabaret Through Time

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About Athena at McElrath Cabaret

Athena McElrath is an entertainer with a love for theatre and singing. She enjoys delving in the area of historical cabaret, researching the singers and clubs that were in business from before 1920 to the present, in New York and beyond.
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