About the cabaret

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The Cabaret at Sidewinders is Different - Exciting - Fun and Risqué

Le Cabaret du Chat Noir, or The Black Cat Cabaret as it is called, is a loose group of entertainers, producers and members. It is a brand new, an informal, energetic, fun and risqué group open to a variety of performers from amateur to seasoned professionals, as well as friends who want to be a part.  We are a group that rehearses in a studio setting and performs at various venues.  


Our entertainers include Male and Female Impersonation, Drag, Pop Singers, Sports teams, Opera/Musical Theater performers, Burlesque, and other various people. We are a family to many people and performers from all walks of life who come together to raise funds for causes, launch projects, assist each other and entertain audiences. 


We are vibrant, edgy and have a good time! No attitudes. No pissy folks. No pricks. It's our preference :) we are an eclectic family of entertainers and producers! Everyone is welcomed (unless you're just not a nice person or have a bad attitude). 

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We Have Variety

We have a great deal of variety.  We pride ourselves on being an artistically conceived, managed and forward-thinking family.  We push each other to bring out our best and we have fun doing it.  We're like cats - creative, weird, playful and loving.  



Notice to the Public - Expectations

We want to create a safe-place for everyone.  We are publishing this notice so that our community is aware of our stance on items.  

Welcome Statement 7.10.2018 (pdf)

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About Us

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Artistic Director and Founder

Renato Estacio-Burdick "Renee" was a Commissioner of Music for the State of New Mexico, Founder and Artistic Director of Le Cabaret du Chat Noir and District Director for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New Mexico). Renato has stage managed or directed in 30+ unique shows (not including multiple nights of shows) to include musicals, operas, operettas, theater, in both the U.S. and abroad over the past 30 years. Renato recently served as Music Director for the Albuquerque Civic Chorus, where they selected repertoire, conducted the ensemble, and facilitated the strategic direction of the organization. Renato was also Music Director for St. Chad's Episcopal Church from 2014 - 2016 where they conducted the choir.  Academically, Renato attended Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH, where they studied tuba performance and English literature; from Oberlin, they received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Their academic background includes degrees in marketing (MBA-Honors) and vocal performance (BMus – Magna Cum Laude/MMus).