In the Spotlife: Adriane Wilson of 'Cabaret'

Adriane Wilson

Sally Bowles in Miners Alley Playhouse’s Cabaret, opening tonight and running through June 25.

  • Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
  • Home now: Greeley
  • Adriane Wilson Quote 1High school: Aviano American High School in Aviano, Italy
  • College: BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley
  • What have you done for us lately? I played Morticia Addams in The Addams Family for the Little Theatre of the Rockies in Greeley
  • Twitter-sized bio: I am a pit-bull rights activist, cheese-lover and Harry Potter enthusiast. I was raised in a military family, so I had the opportunity to live and perform all over the country and overseas. I am happiest when I am cooking, reading and playing with my two handsome puppies.
  • What’s your handle? @little.adriane.leigh on Instagram
  • What was the role that changed your life? In all honesty, I think I am playing a life-changing role right now as Sally Bowles. She is such a complex and challenging role to tackle, and our director Len Matheo has truly helped me find a grounded and realized version of her. I have always doubted my abilities as an actor, but working with this cast and team, I have started to gain a new kind of confidence in myself as a performer that will most definitely fuel my performances in the future
  • steve-carell 300Ideal scene partner: Steve Carell. I am an enormous fan of his work. His range is so vast, and he seems like such a friendly person.
  • What is Cabaret all about? This musical explores the horrific reality of the Nazis’ rise to power in 1930s Berlin, and how varying groups of people were affected by the new regime. Some citizens remained blissfully naïve, while others had their lives turned upside down.
  • Tell us about the challenge of playing this role: Finding a believable balance between the showman’s persona she wears in public, and the deep, depressive state she regularly finds herself in. Sally also struggles with self-loathing, doubt and addiction. I want to stay far away from playing those traits in a caricatured fashion.   
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  • What do you hope audiences get out of seeing this play? Foremost, I want the audience to enjoy themselves, because the first act is truly a raucous time. The second act, however, should be a wake-up call. History has been known to repeat itself. And as a Jewish woman, that frightens me. This play is a reminder that politics affect us all, no matter how far from home the conflict is taking place.
  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I desperately want to join a Dungeons and Dragons campaign!
  • What’s one thing you want to get off your chest? I think it is absolutely outrageous that there is a ban on Pit Bulls in the city of Denver. I rescued a Pit Bull from a kill shelter three years ago, and it was one of the best things I have ever done. His name is Scott, and he is a total angel. He loves to snuggle, play with his big brother and give kisses. I would love to move to Denver as my career in theatre continues to blossom, but I cannot because of the ban, and I refuse to leave Scotty behind. There is no such thing as a “bad breed” – only people who do bad deeds. These creatures are naturally strong and smart, so cruel people taught them to fight because they were more likely to win, and they looked awfully tough on the end of a leash. The media has taken this image and blown it out of proportion, causing ill-informed people to believe it blindly. Educate yourselves, and adopt a Pit Bull today.

  • Adriane Wilson. Luke Sorge. Adriane Wilson. SARAH ROSHAN PHOTOGRAPHY
    Luke Sorge and Adriane Wilson in Miners Alley Playhouse’s ‘Cabaret.’ Sarah Roshan Photography.

    Miners Alley Playhouse’s Cabaret: Ticket information

    • Written by John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (Book)
    • Directed by Len Matheo and Mitch Samu (music)
    • Through June 25
    • 1224 Washington Avenue, Golden MAP IT
    • Tickets $18-28
    • For tickets or information, call 303-935-3044 or go to

    Performance schedule:
    • 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
    • 6 p.m. Sundays May 28, June 4, 11 and 18
    • 1 p.m. Sunday, May 21 and June 25

    Cast list:

    • Jim Walker as The Emcee
    • Adriane Wilson as Sally Bowles
    • Luke Sorge as Cliff Bradshaw
    • Tim Fishbaugh as Herr Schultz
    • Kristen Samu as Fräulein Schneider
    • Alaina Beth Reel as Fräulein Kost
    • Rory Pierce as Ernst Ludwig
    • Kit Kat Girls: Steph Holmbo, Kenzie Kilroy, Abbey Kochevar and Kayla Mally
    • Kit Kat Boys: Parker Fowler and Gabe Morales

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