MSW Interviews: Taipei Players and A Night At The Cabaret

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The Taipei Players are back with their newest musical production, A Night at the Cabaret, at Alleycats in Tienmu, Taipei on on Saturday, October 9, 2010 and Sunday, October 10.

Sing along with the Players as they bring your favorite musicals to life, and enjoy an evening of entertainment and fun at A Night at the Cabaret. The Players will be regaling guests with musical selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Avenue Q, The Little Mermaid, The Fantastiks, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, Rocky Horry Show, Oliver, and many more favorites in store for the night.

What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play! Life is a cabaret, old chum! Come to the cabaret! ~ Cabaret

Taipei Players was formed in 2008 by Canadian actresses Sarah Zittrer and Mandy Roveda. It is the only English-speaking theatre company in Taipei and has already met resounding success for its young age. The Players have produced four sold-out shows and have played to young and old audiences alike. The future for the Taipei Players is bright with their plans to expand and travel around the island.

And now, on with our short interview with Founding Artistic Director of Taipei Players, Mandy Roveda.

MSW: Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions, Mandy. I’ve been an admirer of the Taipei Players for several years. So, how did you and co-founder Sarah Zittrer meet?

MR: Sarah and I both studied theater and have been performing professionally for many years. We met when I moved to Taiwan from Korea. At that time, there weren’t any companies performing regularly in English so we decided to form our own theatrical group. We called it the Taipei Players.

MSW: What were your goals for Taipei Players initially?

The group aims to regularly create and produce English theater in Taiwan. To date, Taipei Players has produced three highly successful productions, including two short play festivals.

This will be our fourth show in the past year and we have been so lucky to watch the company grow. The Taipei Players have become quite popular in both the foreign and English-speaking communities in Taiwan.

MSW: How do you decide on your scripts?

MR: I read hundreds of scripts and shortlist the ones that I like. Then I look to see which ones will work together in terms of common themes. Whatever I decide on has to fit into an evening of entertainment and I have to find something to fit everyone’s tastes.
MSW: Do you have any specific plans for the future?

MR: Our future plans are exciting. Keep an eye on Taipei Players. You don’t want to miss it! We are working on a tour around Taiwan and have more amazing shows coming to Taipei as well.

Thanks for your time, Mandy. I’m looking forward to the production. Good luck to you and the Taipei Players!


Brandon Thompson
Brook Hall
Colin Norman
Daniel Munns
Douglas Rapier
Holly Harrington
Kevin Yao
Klaire Wu
Mandy Roveda
Sarah Zittrer
and other Special Guests!

Tony Tung (Piano)
Slawek Kolodziej (Drums)
Maxx Ta (Bass)

WHEN: Saturday, OCTOBER 9th and Sunday, OCTOBER 10th
TIME: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
COVER: $200NT (at the door)
WHERE: Alleycats (in Tienmu)
No.31 Lane 35 Chung Shan N. Rd.Sec. 6, Tien Mu
(near ZhiShan MRT)
(02) 2835-6491

For more information, please contact Sarah Zittrer at:0938437161 or Mandy Roveda at:0983020978 or by email Please also check our website for updates and information.

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