3 UP, 3 DOWN Thursday, March 17 Celtic Cabaret: Legend and Lore Featuring Jill Anderson Scottish Rite Cathedral 202 S. 20th St. $20 general admission, $18 for seniors 402.346.6580, redchairrecords.com Omaha native Jill Anderson was first bitten by the acting bug while attending Central High School. “I was in the chorus and was cast as the lead in many shows,” Anderson said. “From my acting, I received a lot of reaffirmation. I always knew I had to be an actor.” She received her BFA in dramatic arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Since graduation, she has made her living by writing jingles, acting in commercials, doing voice-over work and singing for weddings and churches. She made her first foray into film with the television movie Love Kills and had a bit part in Sean Penn’s Indian Runner. Her big break came in 1994 with the co-lead in Omaha: the Movie. Her performance caught the attention of a Disney executive and she moved to Los Angeles, where she got an agent. After six months she packed it up and returned to Omaha. In 1998, Anderson released her CD Cool of the Day, which features 12 Irish and Scottish songs. Her follow up was Seven Songs and the even more recent Celtic Cabaret, which she transforms into a stage show. Anderson provides some insight into that show as well as her take on a few things Irish. The Celtic Cabaret sounds like an awesome and unique way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. How did you come up with the idea? Well, this is the fourth year running for this show. The first time I did it at the P.S. Collective in Benson and it went so well that I have made it into an annual tradition — choosing a different aspect of Irish music to explore each year. The idea just occurred to me sort of out of the blue — a thought bubble. “Hmmmm. What if I combined my theatrical and cabaret background with my love of Irish music?” The result? Celtic Cabaret. Tell us about your Irish heritage? Do you have a favorite Irish tune? I have a thimble full of Irish on my Mom’s side of the family — there was a Riley way back in the family tree, but don’t tell anybody — I’m mostly Norwegian and German. More than anything, I just love the sound of the music. It has inspired me since high school and I’ll be damned if I’ll tell you how long ago that was. Too many (songs) to name though I must say, “She Moved Through the Fair,” “The Water’s Wide,” “Dirty Old Town” and pretty much anything by the Pogues top the list. For those of us less-informed, describe what cabaret really means. A cabaret show is usually about an hour long or a little longer and it is a collection of songs chosen to illuminate a theme. For instance my theme for this show is Irish legend and folklore. The songs are generally linked by patter, which is the spoken stuff between the songs. It puts the songs into some kind of context.

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